Sleeping in Airports

Exeter Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Exeter Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

EXT Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Exeter Airport.

What to Expect

exeter airport guideExeter Airport (code: EXT) has a small terminal that serves many domestic routes year-round as well as several seasonal destinations. Facilities include a duty-free shopping area, a couple newsstands, and three eateries. None stay open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re staying the night. Free WiFi is available in the Departures area and the airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is located on airport grounds. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Exeter Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Exeter Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hampton by Hilton Exeter – This hotel is adjacent to the airport. A free courtesy airport bus is available for flight arrivals (no reservations). The return to the airport can be booked at the hotel and costs £2.00 per adult. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Exeter M5, Jct 29 – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Exeter Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

The Executive Lounge – Location: Airside, near the departures gates. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Exeter Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Exeter Airport in the Departures lounge and Executive lounge. Connect to the “Virgin WiFi” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs dispensing euros and british pounds are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Landside, in the Check-In hall.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby-changing facilities are available in rooms located next to landside and airside restrooms. Baby food and bottle warming are available on request at airport restaurants. Note: Baby food is not sold at the airport.

Conference Facilities – Conference room for up to 12 people with catering options available.

Currency Exchange – Information is not available.

Disabled Services – The airport operates in full accordance with EU Regulation no 1107/2006, and special travel assistance is available with advance booking. Disability car parking (long and short term) is available, as are a variety of reduced mobility facilities (wheel chairs, drop off points, ramps, lifts, bathrooms etc.).

Drinking Water – Thirsty? A water bottle refill station is available free of charge. Location: Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Exeter’s World Duty Free offers spirits, cigarettes, perfume, cosmetics, sunglasses, handbags, jewelry and watches. There is also a WHSmith located landside and airside.

Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: £3.50. Book on-line or purchase tickets at FastTrack Machines located throughout Landside.

Food & Drink – All food concessions in the airport open at the same time as Check-In. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: café, We Make (landside) • Fed & Watered Cafe Bar (airside) • Fed & Watered Wine & Dine (airside).

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the information desk located in the departures hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: near the Executive Lounge.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Exeter airport is served by the following airlines: American AirlinesBritish AirwaysEmirates • Ryanair • TUIfly.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Stagecoach Bus 56 offers hourly service between theairport and Exeter’s St. David’s railway station, Exeter Bus Station and Exmouth. Exeter Central Station is about 10 minutes walking distance from Exeter Bus Station. For route map, timetables and fare information, visit the Stagecoach website.

Car Rentals

Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz offer car rental services onsite in the passenger terminal.


Apple Central Taxis are available at the airport taxi stand, located outside of the Arrivals terminal. Other taxi companies are allowed to drop off or pick up pre-booked passengers at Car Park 1. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required if hiring Apple Central Taxis directly from the taxi stand.


There are five train stations within easy reach of the airport. Cranbrook Station is the closest at 3 miles away while you will need to travel 18 miles to reach the Tiverton Parkway Station. You can connect to the train station by bus or taxi, depending on the station. For connection options, routes and further information, visit the Exeter Airport website.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.