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How to get to Exeter
Exeter is an important route centre for the South-West of England and is well-connected to London by both train and road networks.
The two nearest airports to Exeter are Exeter International Airport and Bristol International Airport, both small airports with few queues, but also less choice over flights.
Exeter International Airport runs daily flights to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle which are international hubs. Delegates travelling long-distance might consider flying into Amsterdam or Paris, then picking up a flight to Exeter. From the airport, it is a relatively short taxi ride to the City Centre and University, and there is a local bus available to the city centre.
Bristol airport offers more flights from across Europe. Getting to Exeter takes about an hour by train, with a regular coach connection, the Bristol Airport Flyer Express Coach, available from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station.
Heathrow, of course, is the UK’s principal airport and it is likely that many of you will travel via this route. From Heathrow, there are several options for getting to Exeter at varying price levels. The mainline train service from London Paddington to Exeter St David’s station involves no changes and the fast trains take just over 2 hours.
1. Take the Heathrow Express from Heathrow into London Paddington and take the First Great Western train down to Exeter (fastest but most expensive option)
2. Take the Heathrow Connect from Heathrow into London Paddington and take the First Great Western train down to Exeter (a slower cheaper connection into London)
3. Take the Railair coach from Heathrow to Reading train station and pick up the First Great Western train down to Exeter (quite fast and quite cheap! This is the option most of us use!)
4. Take the National Express Coach from Heathrow to Exeter City Centre (cheapest option; but also involves no changes so very trouble free!)
Each link shows more information about the airlines and destinations
1. Exeter International Airport
2. Bristol International Airport
3. Heathrow International Airport London
NOTICE : Monday 29th August 2011is a UK Bank Holiday. This means timings and prices may vary from the normal published information. You are advised to double check the information.
Refreshments: On most train services there are buffet trolleys offering drinks and snacks. A few trains offer a restaurant carriage – this needs to be booked in advance. Bus/Coach services do not offer a refreshment facility.
Train Operating Companies
! Pre-booking recommended: is cheaper and ensures availability. The main railway station, served by main line routes, is Exeter St. Davids. There are other smaller railway stations in Exeter that service local routes.
! Keep hold of train tickets to use to get out of electronic gates at destination stations. Save receipts/booking confirmations because the machine will not return the ticket as you leave the train station.
1. First Great Western
London Paddington - Exeter St. Davids (about 2 hours and 20 minutes - duration may vary)
Bristol International Airport - Exeter St. Davids (1 hour and 45 minutes)
2. Heathrow Express (faster)
London Heathrow International Airport - London Paddington (15 minutes)
3. Heathrow Connect (cheaper)
London Heathrow International Airport - London Paddington (depending on the Terminal, 25 to 33 minutes)
National Express Coach Company
! Pre-booking recommended: is often cheaper and ensures availability
PLUSBUS - Exeter City Bus Service
Make the most of the bus service by getting an Exeter PLUSBUS ticket. For £2.50 a day it gives you unlimited bus travel on participating operators’ services, around the whole urban area of Exeter city.
Taxis are available from outside Exeter St Davids Station and should cost no more than £5.00 into the centre of Exeter or to the Conference venue.
Gemini Taxis: +44 (0)1392 666 666
Capital Taxis: +44 (0)1392 433 433
Z Cars: +44 (0)1392 422 888