Bournemouth and Poole have a great bus service with local regular routes and buses that take you that little further such as Swanage, Christchurch, Wareham, the Purbecks, Salisbury and the New Forest.
Bournemouth bus station and Poole bus station are both conveniently located and there are many stops along the way, meaning you won’t have to walk far to find a bus stop!
Most bus companies offer day travel tickets at discounted rates meaning you can hop on and hop off all day long, or if you’re here on holiday for the week then consider a 7 day ticket, at least you won’t have to worry about where to park the car!
The More Bus Company
A quality bus service in and around Bournemouth & Poole, Purbeck, Salisbury and the New Forest. They also operate a Cross County network which links major towns and cities across the area.
With a fleet of around 300 vehicles, some with a permanent or convertible open top design allowing you to appreciate the scenic nature of some of the routes, More Bus from Wilts & Dorset are there to get you out, about and around Dorset quickly and in comfort.
Their buses serving Bournemouth and Poole are normally run by low easy access buses with increased leg room and full air-conditioning.
The popular M1 and M2 routes run from Poole to Bournemouth and onto Castlepoint and Southbourne respectfully and run every 3-5 minutes Monday to Saturday.
On Friday and Saturday they run their “night buses” with a service running all night between Poole, Bournemouth and Charminster/Southbourne, perfect for you night-time party animals!
Other popular routes they serve include Wimborne, Ferndown and Christchurch with routes further afield to Verwood, Salisbury, New Milton, Lymington, Blandford, Lytchett Matravers, Dorchester and Swanage.
In fact the popular routes to the Isle of Purbeck and Swanage are served by double decker buses, three of which are permanently open top with a small enclosed area at the front for route 50, the popular Bournemouth to Swanage route which goes via the Sandbanks Ferry. There are also 6 other buses with a removable top meaning they can be used as open top during the busy summer season when the sun will hopefully be out in full force! These buses are known as “Purbeck Breezer” and are a distinctive blue and green colour scheme and are a great way to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views.
Make sure to check out the More bus timetable before you leave to plan your route and to ensure you don’t miss your bus!
All children under 7 travel for free when accompanied with an adult. Discounted child fares are available for 7 to 19 year olds.
Tickets can be bought on the bus or at Poole bus station. All of their buses accept contactless payments but their ticket machines do not support Chip & PIN payments . You can also purchase tickets via their clickit2ride app, some of which are slightly cheaper than buying on the bus. To give you an idea of cost here are some examples (correct as of April 2020, adult prices, purchased onboard):
Poole to Bournemouth is £2.40 single, £3.40 return
Poole to Sandbanks is £3.80 single, £4.30 return
Poole to Swanage is £6.50 single, £8.80 return
Of course if you’re planning a number of trips in one day you should consider their “dayrider” tickets which work out at excellent value:
dayrider m1 and m2 routes only – £3.70 Adult
Unlimited travel on routes m1 and m2 between Poole. Bournemouth, Castlepoint or Southbourne, excluding night buses
dayrider zone A – £4.30 Adult – £2.80 Young person
All buses in the saver area which covers Upton to Christchurch and up to Broadstone and Kinson
dayrider zone AB – £6.20 Adult – £3.70 Young person
All buses in the saver and saverplus areas, which stretches up to Wimbourne, Corfe Mullen and Ferndown
dayrider zone ABC – £9.20 Adult – £6.00 Young person
A day’s unlimited travel in all zones A-C with more, Wilts & Dorset or Damory – great if you want to go further afield out to Salisbury, The New Forest or into Dorset!
Please click here to see the network map.
Regular travellers may benefit more from the company’s period passes, which offer 7 day, 30 day and 90 day passes.
Travellers can also purchase a smartcard, called The Key, which is a great way of purchasing and using tickets. The Smartcard is topped up online via your own personal account. There are discounts and special offers and the card is easy to use – just put your key on the reader when you get onto the bus and wait for the green light. Quicker boarding, no more paper tickets and no more searching for change!
Those over 60* and some people with disabilities can benefit from The English National Concessionary Travel (ENCT) scheme which allows free travel all over England, including More Bus from Wilts & Dorset between 9.30am to 11pm on weekdays and all the time at weekends and public holidays.
*depends on birth date
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