Getting around

Things to do in Poole | Getting around

As is often the case with coastal towns, getting around Poole isn’t always the easiest. There are great attractions in Parkstone, as well as on the other side of Holes Bay, so to help remove the stress of getting to grips with public transport, train stations and your airport transfer options, we’ve conveniently gathered everything you need to know right here.

Public transport

Poole Bus Station will help you get around Poole and the surrounding Dorset locality with services running regularly. You’ll find the station on Kingsland Road as part of the Dolphin Shopping Centre complex, which is a mile away from our Poole Centre hotel. It’s also right around the corner from Seldown Coach Station, which connects Poole with the rest of the country courtesy of services from National Express.

Public transport in Poole isn’t restricted to the roads though. You can also take to the sea by hopping aboard one of the ferry services from Poole Harbour, which will take you to some of the top attractions in Poole, such as the National Trust’s Brownsea Island.

Public transport

Airport transfers

The nearest airport to Poole is Bournemouth Airport, although it’s still about a 25-minute drive to our Poole North hotel. Its main airways are TUI and Ryanair, and you can jet off to all kinds of international destinations, including Lapland, St Lucia, and many, many more in between.

To get to one of our Poole hotels from the airport, you can rent a car from either Europcar or Hertz, the two approved car hire operators. The official taxi service is PRC Streamline Taxis. You can find their desks in the arrivals terminal building. The B1 bus service also conveniently links the airport with Bournemouth train station, where you can catch a train into Poole.

Bournemouth Airport

Train stations

The main train station serving Poole is Poole Railway Station, situated next to Holes Bay. Operated by South Western Railway, it’s connected to the capital by the main line to London Waterloo. The station itself has two platforms, a ticket office, self-service machines, and a newsagents where you can grab a paper, something to eat or a coffee before beginning your journey.

To reach the other side of Holes Bay, you can hop aboard the train to Hamworthy Railway Station. If you want to try some of our favourite places to eat in Poole, then you can head in the opposite direction to Parkstone Railway Station. While further down the same line, you’ll find yourself at Branksome Railway Station.

Poole Railway Station

Poole Railway Station

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