Between Newbury and Pewsey the railway is beside the Kennet & Avon canal

How to take a rail journey from London to Exeter

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London to Exeter by train

There are two distinct options for taking a journey by train from London to Exeter:

  1. The fastest route is to take trains operated by GWR from London Paddington station to Exeter St Davids station.

  2. Trains operated by SWR take a slower route from London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids, but these trains also call at Exeter Central station.
    So the journey time advantage of the GWR trains is negated if either of the stations at the ends of the SWR route, are particularly convenient for the start and end points of your journey.
    The journey by the SWR trains is also more scenic.

Routes you can take to go from London to Exeter

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: departing from Paddington station
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 8min - 2hr 23min



Travel Info

1 or 2 x trains per hour

Route Information

Option 2: departing from Waterloo station
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