Getting Here

Wherever you are travelling from, Exeter is easy to get to. By road, train, bus or air there are plenty of ways to get to the city.

By Road

Located just off the M5 from the North, the A30/A303 from the East and the A38 from the West, there is an easy route into Exeter from any direction. With over 4,700 paid parking spaces spread out over numerous car parking sites within the city centre, parking is made easy. See the map below for locations.

By Train

Exeter has two main train stations located within easy distance to the city centre. Exeter St David’s is the main hub, providing links to most major cities across the UK. Exeter Central is the closest station to the High Street and connects all of Exeter’s surrounding areas to the city. Great Western Railway, South West Trains, Cross Country and Virgin all provide frequent services to and from Exeter.

By Bus

Stagecoach South West offer frequent services throughout Exeter and its surrounding areas. Three major Park and Ride services are also available at Honiton Road, Sowton and Matford. All are clearly signposted and operate 6 days a week. Honiton Road also operates on Sundays. Honiton Road and Sowton car parks are open from 0600 to 2400, Matford until 1930.

The start of enabling works needed to redevelop Exeter Bus Station means some services will relocate from the current site from June 17. This arrangement will stay in place throughout the period of construction to create a new Exeter Bus Station, which is expected to open in the winter of 2020.

To find out more about which services are affected, visit: 

By Air

Exeter International Airport is just a few miles out of Exeter and is easily reached by car and bus via the A30 heading West. With flights daily to London and other major national airports, as well as flights internationally there are plenty of direct links to other parts of the UK and abroad.

Car Parks

Below is a map of car parks within Exeter city centre. Select a marker to find out more about that car park.

From 20 June three of Exeter City Council’s city centre car parks will be offering FREE parking after 6pm on Thursdays for the rest of 2019!

The three car parks are:


John Lewis

Mary Arches Street

PLEASE NOTE: Access to two city centre car parks has changed to facilitate highways works necessary for the redevelopment of Exeter Bus Station.

From Thursday, January 24, vehicles will no longer be able to access the main Princesshay car park and the Princesshay 3 Broadwalk House car park from Paris Street.

Instead, access will be from Southernhay, via Magdalen Street and Southernhay West, or Western Way and Barnfield Road.

Vehicles will continue to be able to exit via Paris Street.

Access to Princesshay 2 Dix’s Field car park is unaffected.

The works necessary to change the access will require some overnight road closures on both Southernhay East and West to the north of Barnfield Road, and on Dix’s Field from the junction with Paris Street, from January 14 to January 23.

Access will be retained to all properties and facilities as far as possible.

Works overnight will take place in Southernhay East and West from January 14 to January 17, and at Dix’s Field on January 18, 21 and 22.

There will also be day time lane closures and night time road closures in Paris Street, with diversions set up. Day time lane closures will be in operation from 7am to 7pm from February 11 to March 14, with night time closures, from 7pm to 7am, from February 11 to February 20.

The contractor has pledged wherever possible to maintain access to properties and businesses at all times and to keep inconvenience to a minimum, although some interruption may be unavoidable.


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