London to Exeter by TrainUK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.
Trains to Exeter St. Davids leave from Waterloo and Paddington several times a day. The journey takes about 3 hours though some very early services can take about 4 hours. Round trip advance fares start at about £24.
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London to Exeter by BusUK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of "funfare" promotional tickets that are very cheap (£6.50 for a £39.00 fare, for example). These can only be purchased on line and they are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It is worth checking the website to see if "funfare" tickets are available for your chosen journey.
Buses from London to Exeter take 4 to 5 hours and cost about £36 round trip. There is a regular bus service between Victoria Coach Station in London and Exeter Bus and Coach Station, Paris Street.
Bus tickets can be purchased online. There is usually a 50pence booking fee.
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