How to get to Exmouth

Located on Devon’s southern coast, Exmouth is a popular holiday town that absolutely booms from May onwards. If you’ve booked a holiday, you may be wondering how to get to Exmouth. 

Unlike other towns in Devon and Cornwall, Exmouth is connected fairly decently to other towns and cities in the south west and beyond. This makes it a fantastic holiday destination if you don’t have a car. 

This guide will tell you exactly how to get to Exmouth! 

How to get to Exmouth

Exmouth driving route 

If you are driving from London, connect to the M3 at junction 10 ? And then drive down the A303. You’ll pass Stonehenge on the way! Follow signs for Exeter and Exmouth, and you’ll have to drive down some country roads to get to the town itself.

From Bristol, Birmingham, and northern cities, take the M5 down to Exeter. Leave at J for Exmouth, and follow the road down to the coast.

From further west in Devon and Cornwall, take the A38 To Exeter and then follow signs to Exmouth.

Driving times from major cities to Exmouth

  • London – 3 hours
  • Bristol – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Birmingham – 3 hours
  • Nottingham – 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Manchester – 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Newcastle – 6 hours
  • Plymouth – 1 hour

How to get to Exmouth by train

Trains leave London Waterloo, Bristol Temple Meads, Birmingham New Street, Sheffield, and other cities and towns to Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central. From Exeter St Davids, you can change to a train to Exmouth, which takes around half an hour. Check train times and routes here.

How to get to Exmouth by bus

Megabus and National Express coach services visit Exeter from Bristol, London, and other cities. You might need to change coaches if you’re venturing from a further away city. 

From Exeter, you can take a bus or train to Exmouth. The 57 goes to the town centre, or trains pass through Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central.

How to get from Exmouth station

Most of the best places to stay in Exmouth (here’s our pick) are by the seafront. If you don’t have much luggage, it’s only a 10 minute walk from Exmouth station to this part of the town.

There is no Uber in Exmouth, but there are a few reliable taxi firms you can use, such as River Cabs.

Buses 95 and 157 serve the station and connect to the town centre and beachfront.

How to get around Exmouth

Most people walk around Exmouth. It’s easy to explore on foot with only a 45 minute walk between the seafront and the moorland. However, you can also use bus links and taxis.

How to get from Exmouth to nearby places

There are plenty of places to visit near Exmouth. Most of these can be hiked to on footpaths and pavements. There are also bus and rail links.

Budleigh Salterton is a nearby town – you can either walk through roads or over the cliff tops to reach it. Bus 357 serves Budleigh Salterton.

To reach East Budleigh, a small inland village, you can either hike through the moors or take bus 157.

You can hike from Exmouth to Lympstone, Exton, and Topsham up the Exe Estuary trail. The train from Exmouth to Exeter also serves these stations.

Are you ready to visit Exmouth?

With so many wonderful things to do in Exmouth like exploring the Jurassic Coast, going for hikes, and SUPing along the Exe Estuary, it’s unsurprising that it’s one of Devon’s best tourist towns. The fact that its so well connected makes it an easy holiday spot in the South West, whether you have a car or not!

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