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Car hire at Exeter Airport

Car hire at Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport (EXT) is a regional airport located four miles east of the city of Exeter, making it an ideal starting point for any trip to the south-west of the UK. It lies close to the western end of the M5 motorway, while the A30 will bring you down into Cornwall.

What I need to know

If you're looking for Exeter Airport car rental, you'll be spoiled for choice, with a range of firms having a presence at the airport, and many of these rated as excellent. Make sure you find the best deal for you by comparing car hire at Holiday Autos before you travel.

Where to pick up my car

The car hire desks can be found at the Car Rental Office, which is outside the main terminal building behind the P1 car park.Many of the leading car hire brands operate outlets here, while for other options, you can take advantage of a meet-and-greet service at the arrivals hall to shuttle you to the location.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Flying to Exeter Airport brings you within reach of some of England's most beautiful scenery along the Devon and Cornwall coasts. Exeter itself dates back to the Roman era, so there's hundreds of years of history to see - or you could just kick back at one of the region's pristine beaches.

Nearby Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport gives you easy access to the beautiful scenery of the English Riviera, with it's multitude of sandy beaches. Further inland, there's the East Devon and Blackdown Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while the national parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor are also around half an hour away.

Longer drives

If you want to hit the waves, Newquay - the UK's surf capital - is about an hour-and-a-half's drive to the west. As well as some stunning beaches, the town is a hub for fishing and whale watching trips. The beautiful spa town of Bath is also around two hours away along the M5.

Eating and drinking

No trip to Exeter would be complete without enjoying a famous Devon cream tea. Stop off at one of the many cafes in the area for scones topped with locally-made jam and clotted cream. Just remember that in Devon, you spread the cream first, then the jam, not the other way around.

Things to do

Exeter Airport is just a few miles away from the Jurassic Coast, a Unesco World Heritage Site where 185 million years of history have been exposed by coastal erosion. See if you can find a fossil along this 95-mile coastline, or enjoy the amazing shapes sculpted by nature into the red Triassic rock cliffs around Sidmouth.


One of the most attractive areas of the city of Exeter, the quayside is a fascinating blend of the old and the new, where industrial history, fascinating architecture and an eclectic mix of pubs, cafes and restaurants sit side by side. Arrange a relaxing boat trip, or just sit by the dock and watch the world go by.