28th September, 2020

Great value journeys on the East Devon Line

EAST DEVON LINE - YOUR GUIDE TO TAKING THE TRAIN

5 great day trips by train

FROM THE EAST DEVON LINE

Whether you’re travelling from Honiton, Axminster, Cranbrook or elsewhere on the East Devon Line (Exeter-Axminster), there are some great places to explore by train...

1. Exeter

Princesshay shopping centre

Head to Exeter for some great shopping including John Lewis and Princesshay shopping centre, or visit the historic quayside.
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2. London

Tower Bridge

With direct services to London Waterloo, take the train from the East Devon Line right into the heart of the capital.
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3. Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral

Explore over 800 years of history at Salisbury Cathedral, wander historic houses and museums or visit the city's market.
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4. Plymouth

Plymouth Hoe

Explore the historic Hoe (pictured), wander the harbour, enjoy some great local seafood or visit the city's new state of the art IMAX cinema.
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5. North Devon

Instow

Take the scenic countryside trip to Barnstaple, then explore the Tarka Trail or hit the coast by onward bus from the railway station.
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More to explore

South Western Railway logo

Find other great places to explore on the South Western Railway network on their Destinations page.

 

Ways to save

CHILDREN'S FARES

5-15 year olds go half price and under 5s travel free

DEVON & CORNWALL RAILCARD

Get a third off local Off-Peak journeys | £12 a year

GROUPSAVE

Small groups get a third off when travelling together

NETWORK RAILCARD

Save a third on day trips to the South East | £30 a year

DEVON DAY RANGER

County-wide rail travel for the day | £13.50

NATIONAL RAILCARDS

A third off many journeys | £30 a year

Travel tips

HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Buy your ticket online if you can, with the South Western Railway website, app or a Touch smartcard. Great for a contact-free, hassle-free journey without queuing for tickets.

TRAVEL SAFELY

You must wear a face covering on trains and at stations (unless you are exempt). Use social distancing, wash your hands and follow South Western Railway's other safety tips.

ABOUT YOUR STATION

Find out about facilities at your local station, from accessibility to bicycle parking, with South Western Railway's station page look up.

DOGS WELCOME

Up to two dogs are allowed on the train per person, free of charge. Just bring a lead.

BRING YOUR BUGGY

You can bring your pram or buggy. If possible please fold it down once on the train. Under 5s travel free.

BIKES ALLOWED

You need to reserve space for your cycle. It’s free. Book 24hrs in advance at any SWR staffed station or call 0345 600 0650.

ENGINEERING WORKS

Please note that from Sunday 25th to Friday 30th October 2020 (and also on Sunday 8th November) there will be replacement bus services between Exeter and Honiton to allow a major rail junction to be renewed. Find out more.

Travelling for work, school or college

Why not try commuting by train? Regular passengers can make substantial savings by taking advantage of season tickets and carnets.

Season tickets are available for one week, one month or any period up to a year. You can order a quick and easy Touch Smartcard online. Or you can buy a paper season ticket at staffed stations (take along a recent passport-sized photo). Once you have a photocard, weekly tickets can be bought from the ticket machine.

Season tickets to Exeter Central from:

Ticket Cost
Anytime Day Return £4.20
Off-Peak Day Return £3.90
Season tickets  
1 week £17.20
1 month £66.10
3 months £198.20
1 year £688.00

Ticket Cost
Anytime Day Return £7.90
Off-Peak Day Return £7.80
Season tickets  
1 week £34.30
1 month £131.80
3 months £395.20
1 year £1,372.00

Ticket Cost
Anytime Day Return £12.20
Off-Peak Day Return £11.00
Season tickets  
1 week £54.40
1 month £208.90
3 months £626.70
1 year £2,176.00

Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership

The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership supports and develops the counties’ railways. We are a non-profit partnership between local authorities, the railway and the University of Plymouth. Find out more

Salisbury to Exeter Rail User Group

SERUG is an independent lobbying group aimed at improving rail services and passenger quality on the London Waterloo to Exeter line, especially the stations from Salisbury to Exeter Central. Find out more, including how to join.

South Western Railway

South Western Railway is the train operating company for the Exeter-London Waterloo route which includes the East Devon Line (Exeter-Axminster). Find out more

East Devon Line train in landscape