An airport with a history. Exeter International Airport started life in the thirties as a grass strip for a club and became important during WWII as a Fighter Command Base. The USAAF used it for transporting paratroopers to Normandy during the D Day Landings. Nowadays it is an important regional, but international Airport.
Exeter Airport, set in the beautiful Devon countryside, seen from the air
Photograph © Derek Harper
Exeter Airport's vision is to be The airport of choice for the South West.
The airport is actually located at Clyst Honiton, not far from Exeter.
For those wishing to prepare for an early start, rest up after their journey or need a base for exploration there is plenty of accommodation in and around Exeter. All the well known online accommodation booking sites have good hotels and self catering properties not far from the airport or the M5.
Plenty available at the airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz have offices there.
There is a taxi stand just outside the Arrivals Building. The only authorised private vehicle hire company that can use this facility is Capitol Airport Taxis. They can be booked online, by telephone or in person at the taxi stand in the Arrivals Building.
Other taxis can only use the drop off and pick up point in Car Park 1. Even then the ride must be prebooked.
There is good car parking at Exeter International Airport, both short and long stay. Exeter Airport offers good parking facilities, including parking for disabled folk.
Motorcycle owners should make arrangements with the Airport Car Park Customer Service Office on 01392 365 225. (If ringing from overseas leave out the first zero. The UK country code is 44)
For those wishing to explore the many wonderful cycle tracks that Wessex has to offer, bring your bike. However for those that need to, bicycles can also be left at the airport. Arrangements can be made at the same place and phone number as for motorcycles.
The useful No 56 bus waiting at St David's Station, Exeter to go to the airport and Exmouth.
Photograph © Derek Harper
Stagecoach run services between Exeter St. David's Station, the Bus Station, Exeter International Airport and Exmouth. There are only limited services on Sundays. For details try here. For other local public transport try Traveline.
National Express Coaches run to and from Exeter Airport, normally via Exeter itself. There are services to and from most parts of the country to Exeter.
Excellent train services are a few miles away. Connections to and from the stations can be made by taxi or the local bus services (see above).
Exeter Central Station
Photograph © Philip Halling
London, Waterloo to Exeter main line. Local services to Exmouth, Paignton and Barnstaple. Smaller than St David's which is on the west side of the city.
St David's Station, Exeter.
Photograph © N Chadwick
This is the main Exeter Station. 5.5 miles.
London – Paddington via Reading.
London to Waterloo via Salisbury and Basingstoke.
Bristol to Exeter.
Birmingham New St and points north to Scotland.
The Night Riveria which is a sleeping car services from Paddington to Penzance.
Plymouth, Cornwall, North and South Devon.
Avocet Line to and from Exmouth
The famous Tarka Line from Barnstaple.
Rivieria Line to and from Paignton
Digby Sowton Railway Station.
2.5 miles. Avocet Line. Goes to Exeter St David's, North and South Devon.
Tiverton Parkway Railway Station.
Photograph © Lewis Clarke
12 miles away. London- Paddington.
Consult the National Rail Journey Planner for the latest information regarding timetables and fares.
is a road that for centuries has run from London to Penzance
which runs from Nottinghamshire to Cornwall is not far away giving good access to Wessex.
Further information on all aspects of Exeter International Airport can be found here.
Exeter High Street
Photograph © Lewis Clarke
Exeter is a busy city and has plenty of good accommodation. Booking is advisable for most of the year.
The city is Devon's county town and one of the ten most profitable business places in the country with a high quality lifestyle. Very desirable! Easy access all over Wessex.
Photograph © Copyright L Temple
Plymouth Devon's cultural centre and the place from which the Pilgrim Fathers left for America and the First Fleet sailed for Australia is also not far away.
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Exeter International airport departure terminal
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