Visit Bournemouth, a town with beautiful beaches and a lively cultural scene, which also offers a great base to explore the Dorset countryside and stunning coastline. The town is easily accessible by car – but be warned that most journeys will require travelling the A31, which can get choc-a-block especially on a sunny summer’s day! Try and arrive early to beat the queues, or just make a weekend of it and stay overnight in one of our easily accessible Bournemouth hotels. The stroll to the seafront after breakfast will be much more stress-free than a traffic jam!
Getting around Bournemouth
Convenient transport links mean that you don’t need to bother with the car at all – the town centre is pretty compact and there are regular bus services if you’d like to journey a little further during your stay. You can also visit local areas, such as the New Forest and Stonehenge, all possible by local transport services. National Express coach journeys to/ from London Victoria run up to 21 times a day from just a few pounds, so it’s easy to swap the big smoke for a weekend of sea breeze.
The Bournemouth Coach Station is about a 20-minute walk from the centre of town, but there are easy bus links to get you anywhere you’d like. With regular routes to Poole and Christchurch too, it can be a handy saver to get a day ticket for unlimited travel on most services across all three towns.
Bournemouth has its very own airport, connecting the town directly with various national and international destinations, both long and short haul. Yellow Buses (the B1) will drop you directly at Bournemouth Airport from the town centre, running hourly from around 7am-7pm. Our Bournemouth/Ferndown hotel is conveniently located just six miles away if you want a good night’s rest before or after you travel. It’s easy as anything to reach both London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports too – with both train and coach connections available.
More options for international travel are the continental ferry routes, with the ferry port of Poole just six miles away, as well as Southampton and Portsmouth within easy reach. There’s a fast ferry from Poole and Portsmouth if you’d like to take a trip to the Channel Islands or the French ports of St. Malo and Cherbourg.
Bournemouth Railway Station offers a speedy service to London Waterloo in as little as 97 minutes, as well as other connections along the south coast. CrossCountry services from Manchester run all the way to Bournemouth and there are trains from many destinations all over the UK, from Newcastle to Nottingham. There are more frequent connections and a busier timetable if you travel during the summer months.