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Car Hire in Exeter airport

This information is correct as of May 2015

Exeter is a brilliant historic city to explore in and around – whether you’re here for the Cathedral or the coastline, make sure to check out the cheapest car hire here with Skyscanner.

Car hire companies available at Exeter

There are four different car hire companies available at Exeter airport – Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Budget. The car hire offices are found inside the terminal building, just outside the exit.

Petrol stations close to Exeter airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

The closest petrol station is at the M5 J30 services. To reach them, head right on the A30 when exiting the airport, and merge onto the M5 (southbound). Once you reach the roundabout, take the last exit and follow the signs for the service station.

If you’re heading north from the airport, there is another option in Pinhoe. Follow the B3184 out of the airport, then continue onto Honiton Road. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ambassador Drive, then continue straight onto the next roundabout to come onto Cumberland Way. Turn right onto Main Road and the garage will be on your left.

Driving around Exeter airport

Exeter airport is well connected to other regions in the UK. In only a few minutes, you can reach the M5 to head up to Bristol or down to the southwest coastline. When you exit the airport, you’ll come onto the B3184. If you head left, you’ll be taken into rural Exeter, down to the smaller towns of Sidmouth and Otterton.

Head right to get onto the A30 via the roundabout – head left for Dorchester and the Blackdown Hills, and head right to get into central Exeter. Merge onto the M5 at the first roundabout to reach Bristol (northbound), and Newton Abbott, Torquay and South Devon (southbound).


Within 20 minutes, you can be in the city centre of Exeter. This is one of the UK’s most historic cities, with a huge Cathedral acting as the crowning jewel in the middle. There’s also a large student base in the north of the city, and plenty to see around the river Exe. Rugby fan? Check out the best places to eat, drink and watch a match in Exeter.

The fastest route into the city starts on the B13184, then merge onto the A30. Follow the signs for the M5 southbound, and exit at the A379 (take the last exit when you come to the roundabout). Follow the signs for the city centre, and take the last exit onto the A3015. There are several large car parks in the city centre.

Dartmoor National Park

This national park is super popular with geologists and walkers thanks to its extensive moorland and granite formations. It’s just the right place to escape for a weekend in one of the country lodge hotels nearby.

The fastest route into the park starts on the B13184, then merge onto the A30. Follow the signs for the M5 southbound, and exit at the A38. Follow the A38 until you reach the signs for the National Park. It’s well worth finding out where you’re staying in the national park before hand, as this route will take you to Ashburton – one of the easiest ways to reach the centre of the park.


It only takes 40 minutes to reach the seaside and surf town of Torquay, known for it’s nightlife, coastal views and great surf.

The fastest route into the park starts on the B13184, then merge onto the A30. Follow the signs for the M5 southbound, and exit at the A38. Follow this road for 26 miles until you reach the other side of Newton Abbott, and then take the first exit at the roundabout onto Shaldon Road. Here, you can follow the signs for Torquay, or follow the roads to some of the other seaside towns in Devon. In peak season it can be pretty hard to get a parking space on the roads in Torquay, especially near the coast. Many hotels offer car parking spaces when you book with them.

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