Train travel

The Avocet Line provides good-value travel into Exeter, and can easily be cheaper than a day’s car parking in the city.   For travel information and links to train operators please click here.

Please see our separate section on fares.  This includes information about the different types of ticket available, and advice on how to save money!

The Avocet Line currently has a fleet of one and two car train units, normally assembled as 2, 3 or 4 coach trains. Click here for a more detailed listing of current rolling stock types.  Our Treasurer, Tony Jackson, has also prepared a table showing a comparison of the average age in years of the rolling stock used by the different rail operating companies.

The line has the most intensive service of any comparable single-track route in the UK, with up to 33 trains each way each day. ALRUG has successfully campaigned for earlier trains on Sundays and more mid-evening trains.

The line has predominantly unmanned stations: the ticket buying facilities are:

  • Exeter St Davids: ticket office + ticket machines
  • Exeter Central: ticket office + ticket machine
  • St James Park: no facilities – buy on train
  • Polsloe Bridge: no facilities – buy on train
  • Digby & Sowton: ticket machine
  • Newcourt: ticket machine
  • Topsham: ticket machine (Exeter-bound platform only)
  • Exton: no facilities – buy on train
  • Lympstone Village: no facilities – buy on train
  • Exmouth: ticket office – limited hours + ticket machine

For fuller details of station facilities, see the  Great Western Railway and National Rail websites by clicking here

 

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