Getting to Exeter Airport

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Exeter airport is easy to reach in time for your Flybe flight. Approximately 11 miles from the cathedral city of Exeter, the airport lies to the east of the city, with the quickest route in terms of mileage being via the M5. Car drivers should set their sat navs to EX5 2BD. The airport has a range of parking options, however long or short your stay. A bus calls at the station on the Exeter to Exmouth service, and the nearest rail station of Digby & Sowton is just 5 miles away.

If you’re travelling to Exeter airport from the city or elsewhere, find everything you need to know in our guide below, from the best methods of transport to all the parking options available. For details on reaching the airport from Exeter, see our Exeter Airport Arrivals page, and for ideas on how to spend your time in the city, browse our Visiting Exeter and Business in Exeter pages.

Car parking at Exeter Airport

Exeter airport has a range of short and long stay car parking options to suit all requirements. Options include two short stay and two long stay options, depending on time required and distance to the terminal.

Booking your car parking option in advance is recommended to guarantee the cheapest prices – just add a car parking option when you come to book your Flybe flights. If you have arranged a lift to the airport, there is a drop-off and pick-up option with several payment options including £1 for 30 minutes and £2 for up to an hour. No matter which parking options you choose at Exeter airport, they are all accessible for anyone requiring special assistance, with help points and disabled parking bays.

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Public transport

There are a number of public transport options available for reaching Exeter airport. The Exeter to Exmouth bus route stops at the airport, and rail services run to several train stations in close proximity; Digby & Sowton rail station being the closest at just 5 miles away. There are also dedicated taxi services running straight to the terminal from the city.

By bus

The Service 56A and Service 56B bus routes visit Exeter airport from the city on a daily basis, although routes are more limited on Sundays and public holidays. Coach services visit Exeter from a host of UK destinations, arriving at Exeter Bus & Coach Station, where a connecting local service or taxi can be boarded directly to the airport.

For up to date prices, routes and timetables, see Exeter airport’s Transport and Directions page.

By train

If travelling by train, the nearest rail station is Digby & Sowton, a distance of 5 miles away. Both Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central stations are 6 miles away, both of which are connected to London. From all stations a taxi service can be arranged to take you directly to the airport.

For more information on trains to Exeter airport, including booking seats for travel, see the National Rail website.

By coach

National Express coaches can be taken to Exeter from destinations across the UK, with journeys terminating at Exeter Bus & Coach Station in the city. A local bus route can then be taken directly to the airport terminal.

For all details on coach prices, timetables, routes and to make your booking, visit the National Express website.


Exeter airport has an authorised taxi service – Apple Central Taxis – who are able to drop off and collect from the Arrivals taxi stand. All private hire vehicles should be booked in advance to guarantee the best prices and availability. A journey to the city of Exeter takes around 15 minutes, although please be aware that rush hour traffic and the tourist season can slow journeys down.

Other taxi operators are able to drop travellers off a short walk from the terminal.