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    Car hire at Exeter Airport - Touring South-west England

    Exeter Airport (formerly Exeter International Airport) is an airport serving the city of Exeter in the county of Devon, south-west England. Currently managed by Regional and City Airports Ltd, it hosts a number of aviation organisations and private aircraft operators, such as Exeter Flying Club, Airways Flight Training, Aviation South West, Capital Aviation and Hunter Flying Club.

    The vast majority of traffic at Exeter Airport (EXT) is seasonal, with most passengers flying to some of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and North Africa in the warm summer months. Located just 5 miles (a 10-minute drive) from the centre of Exeter, it is a very convenient base from which to explore one of the most scenic and historically interesting parts of the United Kingdom.

    Blessed with excellent road, rail and air links, Exeter is an easy city to reach from all parts of the UK. And the fact that it is full of first-class attractions and actitivies means that it's the ideal destination for short-breaks and summer holidays for couples and families alike. Most first-time visitors start at the cathedral in the city centre, which is famous for its minstrels' gallery, organ and astronomical clock. It also features the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world.

    Another of Exeter's must-see attractions is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), a stunning cultural centre full of great exhibitions and completely free of charge! Before dinner, make sure you take a leisurely stroll through the old quarter to city's historic quayside, an interesting ten-minute walk from the cathedral. This is the best place in Exeter to dine, shop and enjoy the tranquillity of the River Exe, on which regular cruises can be enjoyed.

    With a car hire from Exeter Airport you'll have all the freedom and flexibility you'll need to explore Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, arguably one of the most scenic parts of the country. After all the fun of discovering the city with all its cultural attractions, you'll also be able to jump in the car and drive over the Jurassic Coast (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) before relaxing on the pristine beaches of the world-famous English Riviera close by. Other day-trip options include a visit to the nearby cities of Bath and Bristol, while London is also reachable from Exeter (preferably with an overnight stay) perhaps stopping at Stonehenge en route.

    Auto Europe has been offering the cheapest deals in Exeter and other top UK destinations since being founded way back in 1954. By working with the world's most reliable car hire companies, we can easily help you find the lowest rates and best choice of vehicle fo your trip in just a few clicks of the mouse. Call our rental specialists on +441233225114 and they will be more than happy to help you with your booking. For added peace of mind, take a look at the comments posted by previous customers on our Exeter car hire reviews page.

    Airport Information

    The first landing took place at Exeter Airport on the 10th of May, 1937 when S.W.A Scott of Air Dispatch Ltd flying a Leopard Moth brought films of the Coronation of HM King George VI for showing in the city's cinemas. It officially opened tlater that same year and was an important military airport during World War II. Exeter is one of the few airports from which you can reach the Isles of Scilly, a small archipelago off the Cornish coast, a place noted for its natural beauty and wide variety of rare birds that can be seen migrating there in the autumn.

    Exeter Airport (EXT)
    Address: Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2BD, England
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 367433
    Airlines operating at Exeter Airport: The list of airlines operating at Exeter Airport currently includes Aer Lingus (Belfast–City and Dublin), Aurigny (Guernsey), Blue Islands (Jersey), Isles of Scilly Skybus (seasonal: Isles of Scilly), Loganair (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne, with seasonal services to Norwich), Ryanair (Alicante and Málaga), TUI Airways (Lanzarote and Tenerife–South, with seasonal services to Antalya, Chambéry, Corfu, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Rhodes and Zakynthos).

    Where to pick up my car hire at Exeter Airport

    To pick up your car rental at Exeter Airport, just head for the Arrivals Hall where many of the world's most prestigious vehicle suppliers have their welcome desks. The pick-up point is located in one of the airport's car parks close by. Don't forget to have your credit card and all your documents ready when you arrive to collect your car in order to speed up the process.

    Car hire operating hours

    Enterprise Car Hire at Exeter Airport Enterprise at Exeter Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Exeter, England EX5 2BD

    +441 392 266 850
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-10pm
    Sat 9am-1.30pm
    Alamo Car Hire at Exeter Airport Alamo at Exeter Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Exeter, England EX5 2BD

    +441 392 266 850
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-10pm
    Sat 9am-1.30pm
    Europcar Car Hire at Exeter Airport Europcar at Exeter Airport
    Arrivals Hall
    Exeter, England EX5 2BD

    +44 3713843407
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm and Sat 8am-3pm (closed Sun)


    Exeter Airport has one terminal comprising both the Arrival and Departure halls. Recent improvements include the opening of a new departure lounge to cater for passengers waiting for their flights and a new arrivals building with separate domestic and international arrival areas as well as improved waiting facilities for meeting and greeting passengers.

    Airport Facilities

    Exeter Airport’s facilities are extensive and include a bureau de change, several ATMs, a bar, café, shops and a popular sit-down restaurant. The airport offers an efficient Wi-fi servive with the first 60 minutes free of charge. An executive lounge is available and can be booked by ticketed passengers for a fee. Access is complimentary or at a reduced fee for holders of the Diners Club card, Dragon Pass or Priority Pass. The lounge opens when the first checked-in passengers arrive (up to 2 hours ahead of the day's first flight) and closes immediately after the day's last flight departs. Passengers can enjoy a pre-security bite to eat at the We Make café, which has a quick-serve menu of coffee, sandwiches and cakes. Additional services include duty-free shopping, a conference room, gift shop and a newsagents.

    How to get to and from Exeter Airport

    Being so close to the city, it couldn't be easier picking up and dropping off your car hire at Exeter Airport. Additionally, it is very well served by the local public transport system, with bus number 56 running from Exeter St David’s Train Station and Exeter Bus Station to the airport and then on to nearby Exmouth. Please note that there are reduced Sunday and Bank Holiday services and the last bus to the airport is around 10pm. Located just to the east of city centre, the best route to take is via Honiton Road (the A30) which is a straight and quick journey. Be aware that there is no dedicated rail service to the airport, but there are three stations within six miles, namely Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Digby & Sowton. The London Paddington line connects with Exeter St Davids and the London Waterloo line links with Exeter Central.

    Parking Tips

    The city is quite small compared with some other places in the south-west, such as Bristol, so you shouldn't experience any major problems parking when you rent a car at Exeter Airport. Use the Park & Ride facilities for hassle-free travel into and out of the city centre. If you'd prefer to get closer, there are plenty of car parks near the main shops and tourist attractions in the heart of Exeter. Exeter Airport has both short-stay and long-stay airport parking facilities with four categories of parking available: P1 Short Stay, P2 Short Stay and the P3 and P4 Long Stay car parks. P1 and P2 are located 50 yards and 75 yards, respectively, from the terminal building. There is a complimentary shuttle bus service available for car parks P3 and P4.

    Useful links

    Official website of Exeter Airport