With great shopping, a thriving arts scene and excellent restaurants, Exeter is one of the liveliest cities in the South West.

How to visit by train

Exeter Central station is located right in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the Princesshay shopping centre (pictured above – photo: Visit Exeter) and the city’s magnificent cathedral. Attractions include John Lewis and other major retailers, the historic quayside, and tours of the city’s medieval underground passageways.

Many of the city’s highlights are within easy walking distance of Exeter Central station:

Exeter Cathedral
Take in this masterpiece of Gothic architecture, surrounded by the picturesque old buildings of Cathedral Close and a great choice of restaurants and shops.
Website | 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Underground passages
Explore Exeter from below. Dating from the 14th century, the passages are unique to Exeter and have fascinated people for generations with their stories of war, siege and plague.
Website2 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1GA

Historic quayside
Only a 10-minute walk from Exeter Central station, the quayside’s antique shops, eateries and ambience make it a favourite of locals and visitors alike.
Website | The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AN

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art gallery – which is free to enter – gives a fascinating insight into Devon and Exeter’s rich history and international links.
Website | Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX

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Coming by train

Exeter has several stations. Exeter Central in the city centre is the most convenient for direct journeys on the Riviera Line to Torquay and Paignton, on the Avocet Line to Exmouth, and on the Tarka Line to Barnstaple. Some (but not all) trains on the Dartmoor Line to Okehampton begin/end at Exeter Central. Exeter St David’s is the mainline station, for trains into Cornwall or around the country. You can hire a car or a bike outside both stations with Co-Cars / Co-Bikes.

55 minutes from Torquay
1hr 10 minutes from Barnstaple

Exeter Central is conveniently located in the heart of the city.

Buying Tickets to Exeter Central

Exmouth to Exeter



Off-peak day return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

Great fares from further afield




Off-Peak Day Return

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55 min

Approximate journey time




Off-Peak Day Return

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1hr 10min

Approximate journey time


Riviera Line / Tarka Line / Avocet Line / East Devon Line / Dartmoor Line

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  • Barnstaple - photo by Stephen Ring


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  • Torquay with big wheel reflected on water


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