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London to Exeter by direct coach

London to Exeter by National Express, Megabus & Megatrain


National Express coach from London to Exeter

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Coach services from London to Exeter are operated by two UKs’ well-known carriers - National Express and Megabus.
National Express and Megabus provide a direct intercity coach service between London and Exeter. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar shuttle service between these two cities.
National Express offers about 10 direct services per day, while Megabus together with Megatrain up to 11 connections a day.
Some National Express and Megabus services terminate in Exeter, but most of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Exeter only, the coaches run on larger distances and Exeter is only an intermediate stop.
The National Express direct coach line between London and Exeter is 501 and there are few other carriers’ routes passing through Exeter.

Megabus coach from London to Exeter

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M6 & M36 are the Megabus lines from London to Exeter.
Most of the services from Exeter to London begin their journey at one of the UKs’ south-western cities or towns, however, all terminate at Victoria Coach Station in London (see details below).

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National Express & Megabus’ coaches are high-class vehicles, equipped with toilet, air conditioning, reclining seats and radio. Both carriers put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Some coaches on this route provide free Wi-Fi and can take passengers in wheelchairs on board the bus.
Travelling between London and Exeter with National Express and Megabus takes about 4½ hours. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Exeter.

On this route Megabus provides additional option for travel. You can travel between London and Exeter by train. South West Trains, which operates these connections, is a partner of Megabus. Both companies belong to the Stagecoach corporation. Service is operated by South West Trains, but seats can be booked through Megabus. In this case stations and bus stops are situated in other locations. Travel time is about 3 hours.

Go to National Express or Megabus website to check current timetable and prices and book a ticket for your journey.

Timetables and fares...

London to Exeter by National Express

National Express service number 501 501 501 501 501 500 501 501 404 406
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - - - - 4 5
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 7:45 10:30 12:30 14:30 16:30 17:30 19:00 21:00 23:00 23:30
HEATHROW AIRPORT, Central Bus Station
Dep. 8:40 11:25 13:20 15:20 17:25h 18:20 19:50 21:45 23:40 0:15
EXETER, (Honiton Road)
Arr. 12:25 15:00a 16:35 18:35 20:40h - 23:05 1:10 4:00 -
EXETER, Bus & Coach Station
Arr. 12:35 15:10a 16:45 18:45 20:50h 22:05 23:15 1:20 4:10 4:00

Exeter to London by National Express

National Express service number 406
501 501
501 500 501 501 501 501 404
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation 3 - - -
- - - - 1 2
EXETER, Bus & Coach Station Dep. 1:40 4:35x 6:15g 8:25 9:40 10:35 12:35 14:45 17:55 1:05
EXETER, (Honiton Road) Dep. - 4:40x 6:20g 8:35 - 10:45 12:45 14:55 18:05 1:10
HEATHROW AIRPORT, Central Bus Station Arr. 5:30 8:10g 9:55 11:50 13:20 14:20 16:15 18:50 21:35 5:30
LONDON, Earl's Court Arr. 6:05 9:10 10:45 12:40 14:10 15:10 17:05 19:40 22:10 6:10
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 6:15 9:20 10:55 12:50 14:20 15:20 17:15 19:50 22:20 6:20

1 = Does not operate 24 December
2 = Does not operate 24 December but operates additionally 26 December & 1 January
3 = Operates additionally 1 January
4 = Operates additionally 26 December & 1 January
5 = Does not operate 26 December but operates additionally 1 January
a = Arrives 15 mins later until 7 July & then from 5 September
g = Operates 15 mins later Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (also 28-30 December).
x = Operates 30 mins later Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (also 28-30 December).

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON (Earl's Court), West Cromwell Rd, Stop D, near Tesco (to London only)
HEATHROW AIRPORT, Central Bus Station
EXETER, (Honiton Road), Bus Shelter, Lay-by, near Park & Ride
EXETER, Bus & Coach Station, Paris Street

Prices for online tickets

London to Exeter by National Express
Adult Youth/Senior Child Online Booking
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Exeter (Standard)
£24 £45 £19.20 £36 £12 £22.50
London to Exeter
Exeter to London (Standard) £24 £45 £19.20 £36 £12 £22.50 Exeter to London
London to Exeter (APEX/Funfare) from £6 one way from £6 one way from £6 one way London to Exeter
Exeter to London (APEX/Funfare) from £6 one way from £6 one way from £6 one way Exeter to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Exeter by Megabus and Megatrain (SWT)

Various services SWT MB SWT SWT SWT MB MB MB
Days of operation n Su Daily n Su
n Su
n Fr, Su
Daily Su Daily
LONDON, Waterloo Train Stn. Dep. 8:20 - 9:20 12:20 14:20 - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. - 9:00 - - - 17:30 19:00 23:45
EXETER, Central Train Stn.
Arr. 11:37 - 12:37 15:37 17:35 - - -
EXETER, Bus Station Arr. - 13:35 - - - 21:45 23:15 4:25
EXETER, St. David's Train Stn. Arr. 11:42 - 12:42 15:42 17:42 - - -

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except....

Exeter to London by Megabus and Megatrain (SWT)

Various services
MB SWT MB MB MB SWT MB SWT MB SWT SWT
Days of operation Daily Sa Daily Daily Daily n Su
Fr, Su
n Su
Daily n Su
n Su
EXETER, St. David's Train Stn. Dep. - 5:10 - - - 12:26 - 14:26 - 17:26 19:26
EXETER, Bus Station Dep. 2:15 - 8:00 9:15 12:00 - 13:00 - 17:20 - -
EXETER, Central Train Stn. Dep. - 5:14 - - - 12:30 - 14:30 - 17:30 19:30
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 7:05 - 12:15 13:15 16:15 - 17:15 - 21:55 - -
LONDON, Waterloo Train Stn. Arr. - 8:49 - - - 15:49 - 17:44 - 21:04 22:58

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except....

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON, Waterloo Train Station
EXETER, Central Train Station
EXETER, Bus Station
EXETER, St. David's Train Station

Prices for online tickets

London to Exeter by Megabus and Megatrain (SWT)
Adult Youth/Senior Child Online booking
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Exeter
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Exeter
Exeter to London from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way Exeter to London

Printable timetables, frequency, travel times and fares for coach services between London and Exeter

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Exeter National Express about 10 per day approx 4,5 stops & times from £6
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Exeter to London National Express about 10 per day approx 4,5 stops & times from £6 Book now
London to Exeter Megabus & SWT
up to 11 per day between 3 - 4,5 stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Exeter to London Megabus & SWT
up to 11 per day between 3 - 4,5
stops & times from £1+50p Book now

How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Exeter?

To purchase tickets online for National Express routes you can do it directly at the Europebus home page using a journey planner provided. You can also do it on the National Express website. For Megabus and Megatrain connections visit Megabus website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended, because services between London and Exeter are very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.

Carriage of luggage and bikes

The National Express’ coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.

Megabus doesn’t check luggage or provide receipts for luggage transported on the bus by the passenger.  Passengers are advised that Megabus will accept up to one piece of luggage per passenger. For guidance this should be no more than the size of a standard suitcase and should not weigh more than 20kg.  Passengers can also take on board one small piece of luggage that must fit either on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Of course you can take a bike but... In a bike bag as carry-on luggage, semi-dismantled, free of charge. You can take a bicycle with you as carry-on luggage free of charge on any coach, if you put it in a zip-up 'bike bag', with wheels and pedals removed and handlebars turned. Bike bags are available from most cycle shops, for example www.wiggle.co.uk

Overview of alternative transports between London and Exeter. Trains & airlines services within the UK.

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or in some cases flight services. If you want to travel for example from London to Exeter or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Train Line website, while good flights between British cities are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in the UK are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at the Train Line website
Regular air links to distant cities in Britain can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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