Bournemouth is centrally located on the south coast and serviced by public transport, good road links, an international airport and nearby ports.
We have information for you on how to get here by Rail, Coach, Air & Sea. Once in Bournemouth there are plenty of different ways to travel around the area. Local buses, taxis, tours, cycle routes and sea trips will help you discover the resort and the beautiful surrounding area at your leisure. To purchase a map of Bournemouth or download a map click here.
Getting about by Car
Bournemouth is easily accessible by car, however why not consider leaving the car at home and making the most of Bournemouth's fantastic transport links? If you do decide to travel by car to the South Coast's premier resort make sure you plan your journey ahead of time and look into visiting the sourrounding areas like the New Forest, Stonehenge and Salisbury. All of these places can also be visited by local tours, bus and coach services.
Travel by Bus or Coach
There are plenty of coach providers offering great prices on travel to and from Bournemouth. All coaches arrive in the heart of Bournemouth, right next to the train station, where taxis and local buses are waiting to take you to your hotel, the town centre or seafront. Try Wilts & Dorset buses and Yellow Buses to get you around and Streamline Warren taxis or United Taxis.
Bournemouth has a great bus service with regular routes to Poole, Bournemouth Train Station and Christchurch. There are also buses which go further out of town to Salisbury, Swanage and the Purbecks - visiting Bournemouth and the surrounding areas couldn't be easier, just hop on and hop off!
A handy new day-ticket gives unlimited travel on the majority of bus services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Uniquely you can use the ticket on all of the main bus operators. Easy, Convenient, Handy, Simple - gives the confidence to hop on and off all day long.Unlimited travel across three towns for only £5! For more information, visit this website.
Get here by Train
Bournemouth is well served by the rail network with two railway stations in the Borough - the main Bournemouth station and Pokesdown to the East.
Crosscountry trains provide an excellent train service to and from various locations around the UK. Many train operaters provide a comprehensive service to London Waterloo with a journey time of as little as 97 minutes. Many lines also serve Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke to the East, with Poole, Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth to the West.
Other train lines serve destinations to the North with direct trains to Reading, Oxford, Birmingham & the Midlands, Manchester and the Northwest, Yorkshire (Sheffield, Leeds, York), Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland.
Bournemouth is accessible from all parts of the UK by train - check your local station for the best route to take.
A choice of scheduled and charter services are available to a large range of short and long haul destinations from Bournemouth Airport and others in the region.
Access to London's Heathrow and Gatwick Airports is easy and convenient from Bournemouth by train or by coach.
The continental ferry ports are easily accessible from Bournemouth's neighbouring port of Poole (6 miles) or nearby Southampton and Portsmouth.
The fast ferry service linking the South Coast Ports of Poole, Weymouth and Portsmouth with the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey, plus the Western Channel ports of St Malo and Cherbourg
Parking in Bournemouth
To find out about car parking locations and charges click here.
To find out about Accessible Bournemouth, please download our Accessible Guide - providing you with information about accommodation, attractions, shop mobility and much more.
The website www.transportdirect.info offers information for organising an efficient journey whether it's by public transport or private car.