Visiting Weymouth and its surrounding natural treasures is a breeze, even if you don’t have a car at your disposal, thanks to handy and plentiful rail and air links, a flurry of bus services, and even a boat or two.
Getting around Weymouth
Bournemouth Airport is a busy international airport and is the closest hub for flying into Weymouth, just over an hour away by car. TUI, easyJet and Ryanair are the most popular carriers ferrying flyers to and from a number of popular, sunny holiday destinations on the continent. South West Trains services connect Weymouth to Bournemouth, and then it’s just a quick taxi or bus ride to the airport.
Just beyond Bournemouth is Southampton Airport. Thanks to the train station on-site – Southampton Airport Parkway – you can be in Weymouth in just over one hour 30 minutes, with no changes. Southampton is a busy airport, with nearly two million passengers each year jetting off to destinations near and far thanks to their seven different carriers, including Flybe, KLM, easyJet and Aer Lingus, flying domestically to Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, and Leeds Bradford airports. If you prefer to break up your journey, then you can stay in one of our hotels near Southampton Airport before travelling onto Weymouth.
Weymouth Railway Station
It would be a shame to visit Weymouth and not take advantage of the incredible scenery right on your doorstep. The Jurassic Coast is the jewel in the crown of the epic south-west coastline, and you’ve got a number of options to help you explore it, even if you don’t have a car, thanks to a regular First bus service and the Jurassic Coaster bus, which run throughout the year. For the real scenic experience, between May and September, you can catch the open-top no. 501 bus to Portland Bill, a handy ride for cruise passengers needing to make their way to Portland Port for the Portland Ferry. You can even download the Jurassic Coaster app to your phone for an audio commentary of the trip.
To make the most of the coast from the sea, the Jurassic Cruise and Portland Ferry services run at least three times a day every day between April and October. Set aside one and a half hours for the Jurassic Cruise, which takes in the venerable Jurassic Coast, famed for its abundance of fossils and geological eminence and is a classified World Heritage Site, as well as the pastel-hued Georgian seafront of Weymouth. For those lacking their sea legs, you can enjoy the shorter 40-minute trip on the Portland Ferry, which sails between Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, where you can try your hand at a variety of watersports or stick to dry land and explore the nearby Portland Castle.
Back in Weymouth, the flexible PlusBus ticket gives you unlimited bus travel on First Buses around the town centre and surrounding area from just a few pounds for a day ticket, or you can plump for a seven-day season ticket if you’re staying longer. You can buy your ticket from Weymouth train station on King Street.
If you prefer your travel to be a little more kitsch, the Weymouth Land Train could be your ticket to ride. The brightly coloured tug-along operates from Easter to October and is a slow but charming way to travel the two-mile stretch between the Sea Life Centre and the Jurassic Skyline.
In the heart of the town centre, Weymouth Railway Station is a small, busy hub, which is well connected to the rest of the town by First Bus services.
South Western Railway offers a twice-hourly service to London Waterloo on weekdays, which can get you into the capital in around two hours 45 minutes, or at a slightly slower three hours. Heading the other way, you can be in Bristol in under two hours 30 minutes on the fast train, or three hours 30 minutes if you opt for a change at Southampton. Finally, Bath is an even quicker run at just over two hours.