Southampton to Exeter by train Find train times and tickets

  • First train
    05:15
  • Last train
    23:40
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 18m

Travelling from Southampton to Exeter by train

Fast trains from Southampton to Exeter take around 2 hours and 18 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 155 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Southampton and Exeter.

Are there direct trains from Southampton to Exeter?

Journeys between Southampton and Exeter usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 36 departures on the route from Southampton to Exeter every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 46 departures.

How long is the train journey from Southampton to Exeter?

The Southampton to Exeter train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 18 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

What are the Southampton to Exeter train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Exeter is usually scheduled to depart Southampton around 05:15 and the last train is around 23:38. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Southampton around 05:09, and the last at 23:40.

When to book Southampton to Exeter train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Southampton to Exeter by train.

Which train companies operate between Southampton and Exeter?

More than one train company operates on the route from Southampton to Exeter, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • CrossCountry
  • First Great Western
  • Great Western Railway
  • South West Trains
  • South Western Railway

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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