Manchester to Exeter

For centuries, Exeter has been firmly on the historical map owing to its famous Roman ruins and its stunning Gothic cathedral, which towers above a network of cobbled streets, medieval buildings and Georgian architecture. But Exeter has a modern edge too. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, you’ll find a buzzing shopping area, lively nightlife and excellent bars and eateries. And as a centre for business in Devon and Cornwall, business travellers arriving on flights to Exeter will find a great range of hotels and meeting venues to choose from.

For the latest information on our flight schedules from Manchester (MAN) to Exeter (EXT), take a look at our Flybe timetable page for this route, and for information about the return journey take a look at the Exeter to Manchester page.

For tips and guidance about your trip from Manchester to Exeter, see our sections below. In a hurry? Then use the list below to fast-forward to the information you need.

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Getting to Manchester Airport

Thanks to its excellent transport links, getting to Manchester Airport for your flight to Exeter with Flybe is easy. The airport is well situated with ample on-site parking and its own public transport hub. For full details, visit our Getting to Manchester Airport page.

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Manchester Airport Departures

At a glance:

  • Short stay and long stay car parking
    Book in advance via Flybe.com or book now
  • Public transport
    Bus, train, coach and tram links to the airport station
  • 1 hour of free WiFi throughout
  • Bookable Fast Track Security
  • Bookable Escape Lounge
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Shopping including Duty Free

For more detailed information, visit our dedicated Manchester Airport information page.

Check-in and bag drop at Manchester Airport

If possible, we recommend that you check in online prior to your flight from Manchester to Exeter. However if you are unable to do so, you can check-in and collect your boarding pass at the airport free of charge. Read more about the check-in options available by airport.

Terminal 3 - Facilities before Security

  • Newsagents
  • Cafés

Terminal 3 - Facilities after Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Escape Lounge

Retailers:

  • Duty Free
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Audio, electrical and music
  • Health and beauty
  • Newsagents

Exeter Airport Arrivals

At a glance:

  • 6 miles from city centre
  • 20 minutes' drive to city centre in normal traffic
  • Public transport
    A bus service runs from the airport to the city.
    No direct train service runs to/from the airport.
  • Taxi stand
  • Car hire
    Book now through our preferred partners Avis or Budget
  • Café
    In Departures area
  • Newsagents and bureau de change
    In Departures area

To find out more, visit our dedicated flights to Exeter page and browse other available routes.

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Visiting Exeter

Whether you're visiting on flights to Exeter from Manchester for business or enjoying a city break for pleasure, this compact and charming city has so much to offer. Below are our top tips on where to stay, what to do and see, and the best bars and restaurants in Exeter for every taste.

Hotels in Exeter

Flybe works in partnership with Booking.com to make it even easier to help you find the perfect hotel in Exeter. Whether you're seeking a little luxury in the city, visiting on a budget or need to accommodate your colleagues, there is accommodation in Exeter to suit every type of visitor.

Things to see in Exeter

The city may be small, but Exeter offers a perfect blend of culture, gastronomy and outdoor pursuits for even the most adventurous visitors. Flying from Manchester to Exeter on business? The compact centre is easy to navigate, with plenty of things to do with your downtime.

Flybe recommends...

Exeter Cathedral

Dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral is one of the region’s most magnificent structures. The ceiling inside is awe-inspiring – get a closer look on one of the fascinating Roof Tours which run during the summer months.

Underground Passages

Hear tales of ghosts, escape routes, pestilence and plague on a guided tour through this network of medieval vaulted passages that run beneath the city’s streets. Book in advance - it's popular!

Exeter Quay

A hotspot for alfresco drinking and dining in the warmer months, it’s where the people of Exeter come to unwind after work or at the weekend. Also a great starting point for walking, biking and boating.

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Bars and restaurants in Exeter

From sophisticated, to relaxed, to downright quirky, Exeter’s eating and drinking scene is both eclectic and exciting.
Flybe recommends...
Michael Caines at ABode Exeter

The double Michelin-starred chef delivers local produce and French flavours at his exquisite restaurant overlooking Cathedral Green.

The Rusty Bike

The proprietors of this rustic, yet stylish eatery take sourcing local produce to another level with the aim of minimal distance from producer to plate. Modern British cuisine at its best.

Forn

Seriously tasty tapas, sublime cocktails and a lively atmosphere are on the menu at this cool city centre hangout. Snack at the big elliptical bar or book a table in the restaurant.

Getting more from your trip to Exeter

Shopping opportunities abound in Exeter, with high street lovers, vintage devotees and food fanatics all spoiled for choice of souvenirs. The city also has a buoyant nightlife, with plenty of ways to unwind with your colleagues over a beer after a day of business meetings, or start your evening with refreshing cocktails.

Should you have a little more time to spare, there are historical sites and stunning countryside just outside the city. You may find yourself wanting to extend your trip!

Flybe recommends...

Shopping

  • Princesshay shopping centre has 70 stores covering the big high street brands as well as local specialist and independent retailers.
  • Vintage fans should head to The Real McCoy which proudly displays stock spanning a century from 1880s to 1980s.
  • Pop into award-winning and community-owned The Real Food Store for fresh, local produce and artisan breads. And why not nip upstairs to the café while you’re at it?

Nightlife

  • It’s a cosy vibe at the Old Firehouse pub, with candlelight and hops hanging from the ceiling.
  • On The Waterfront is the perfect spot for waterside summertime refreshment
  • Find an eclectic mix of DJs including salsa, indie electro and club classics at Timepiece

Beyond the city

  • Explore the spectacular Jurassic Coast, dotted with seaside towns and visitor centres telling the story of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Find adventure playgrounds, deer park safaris and 600 years of history at the stunning Powderham Castle.
  • Discover your wild side on Dartmoor, where you can watch the wild ponies roam and climb the tors.

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Doing business in Exeter

Exeter Airport has excellent links to the rest of the UK and Europe, so it’s easy to see why more and more companies are choosing to do business in Exeter.

Conference venues and meeting facilities

If your trip from Manchester to Exeter is for business, you’ll find lots of high quality meeting venues in Exeter to meet your needs, as well as conference facilities to impress.

Flybe recommends…

Sandy Park Conference & Banqueting Centre

  • 10 minutes’ drive from the city and Exeter Airport
  • State-of-the-art conference facilities
  • Single room capacity up to 800
  • Flexible layouts
  • Free WiFi
  • IT and audio-visual support
  • Event management
  • In-house catering
  • Free car parking.

Event Exeter at the University of Exeter

  • Various locations across university campuses
  • Public transport links
  • State-of-the-art conference facilities
  • Capacity for groups from 10 to 1,400
  • Free WiFi
  • IT and audio-visual support
  • Event management
  • In-house catering
  • Car parking.

Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel

  • City centre location
  • Public transport links
  • Capacity for groups from 2 to 250
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Free WiFi
  • In-house catering
  • Public car parking nearby.