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Getting Here

Bournemouth and Poole are centrally located on the South Coast with excellent transport links. Serviced by superb public transport and excellent road links the area is also internationally accessible by the ferry ports at Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth and of course by Bournemouth’s Hurn Airport, so getting here is easy…

Travel By Car

Travelling South, Bournemouth and Poole are easily found via the M3, M27 and A31 or via the A35 if travelling from the East or West. Located approximately 100 miles South West of London the road links are excellent so getting here by car is a doddle.

Travel By Train

Bournemouth and Poole are well served by the UK rail network with numerous railway stations in the area including the main Bournemouth station located on Holdenhurst Road, the main Poole station located on Serpentine Road along with stations at Christchurch, Pokesdown, Branksome, Parkstone and Hamworthy.

Crosscountry trains provide an excellent train service to and from various locations throughout the UK. Many train operaters, including South West Trains, provide a comprehensive service to London Waterloo with a journey time of as little as 1 hour 50 minutes. Many lines also serve Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke to the North and 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 including Sheffield, Leeds and York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. Of course most of the UK can be reached by changing at these or many other stations.

For full details of the train services available in Bournemouth and Poole please see our ‘Trains Guide’ in our ‘Getting About’ section.

Travel By Coach or Bus

You will find many coach services to and from Bournemouth and Poole from many operators. All coaches and cross county buses arrive in the centre of Bournemouth and Poole next to the train stations in each town. National Express, Stagecoach and Megabus are a great place to start your search.

Bournemouth and Poole have an excellent bus service with regular routes to and from Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. There are also buses which go further out of town to Salisbury, Swanage and the New Forrest so visiting the surrounding areas couldn’t be easier.

For full details of the local bus services available in Bournemouth and Poole please see our ‘Buses Guide’ in our ‘Getting About’ section.

Arriving by Air

Bournemouth Airport is located approximately 4 miles north-northeast of Bournemouth and operates a number of routes to and from Europe.

For further details about Bournemouth Airport please see our ‘Bournemouth Airport Guide‘ in our ‘Getting About’ section.