Trains

The main service between Bournemouth and Poole is operated by South Western Railway and London can be reached in just 1 hour and 50 minutes from Bournemouth. The line also serves Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke to the east and Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth to the west.

Direct trains can also be taken to Oxford, Reading, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Manchester with CrossCountry trains, and of course most of the UK can be reached by changing at other stations.

Getting between Bournemouth and Poole by train is easy with both Bournemouth railway station and Poole railway station being conveniently located near the town centre’s.

There are also stations at Branksome, Parkstone and Hamworthy in Poole, before reaching the stations at Holton Heath and Wareham. Heading in the other direction you will find Pokesdown station, which serves Boscombe, and further on Christchurch station.

The New Forest is just on our doorstep and after Christchurch the train line heads through the New Forest with stations at New Milton, Sway, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu and Ashurst before onto Southampton, handy for the airport and cruise ferries!

The information below is for guidance only and may be subject to change at any time. You are advised to plan your journey in advance and check times/opening hours/facilities/prices.

Bournemouth Train Station, Holdenhurst Road, BH8 8HX

  • Toilets
  • Telephone
  • Waiting room
  • Lost property
  • Mobility/Accessibility access
  • Wheelchairs
  • Staffed 24 hours
  • Parking – 329 spaces
  • Disabled parking – 6 spaces
  • Self service machines
  • Taxi rank
  • Bus stops
  • Cycle storage
  • Trolleys
  • Refreshments

Bournemouth train station is also known as the Bournemouth Travel Interchange, the main hub for all trains, coaches and buses feeding into Bournemouth. The station is located approximately 1.2 miles from Bournemouth town centre, or roughly a 20 minute walk.

Of course if you don’t fancy walking then there is a taxi rank and of course with it being the travel interchange numerous buses stop here.

morebus have a number of routes stopping here.
The M1 bus will take you into Bournemouth town centre and then goes onto Poole. Heading the other way it will take you to Charminster.

Full details of morebus routes can be obtained from the morebus website where you can also book your tickets in advance.

Poole Train Station, Serpentine Road, BH15 2BQ

  • Toilets
  • Telephone
  • Waiting room
  • Lost property
  • Mobility/Accessibility access
  • Wheelchairs
  • Staffed part time
  • Parking – 146 spaces
  • Disabled parking – 3 spaces
  • Self service machines
  • Taxi rank
  • Bus stops
  • Cycle storage
  • Trolleys
  • Newsagents

Poole train station is located just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and the bus station. Heading the other way Poole Quay is also just a 10 minute walk with the Poole ferry terminal being about a 20 minute walk. But if you don’t fancy walking the Route One bus stops outside the train station and will take you to the bus station and the quay.

Christchurch Train Station, Stour Road, BH23 1PL

  • Toilets
  • Mobility/Accessibility access
  • Parking – 66 spaces
  • Disabled parking – 2 spaces
  • Staffed part time
  • Self service machines
  • Bus service
  • Cycle storage
  • Lost property
  • Taxi rank

The morebus buses will take you to Christchurch town centre and Bournemouth town centre however the stops for these are at Fairfield, just 5 minutes walk from the station.

If you prefer walking it is approximately 0.6 miles to Christchurch town centre and just under a mile to the quay.

Pokesdown Train Station, Christchurch Road, BH7 6DL

  • Lost property
  • Staffed part time
  • Self service machines
  • Bus service from main road
  • Cycle storage

Pokesdown is an inaccessible station to wheelchair users and customers are advised to use Bournemouth station.

Bus routes to Bournemouth town centre are the M2 from More buses. These buses will also take you to Boscombe bus station.

Boscombe town centre is just over half a mile away and Boscombe pier is approximately a 15 minute walk.

Branksome Train Station, Poole Road, BH12 1DF

  • Toilets
  • Telephone
  • Self service machines
  • Lost property
  • Mobility/Accessibility access
  • Cycle storage
  • Staffed part time
  • Parking – 30 spaces
  • Disabled parking – 1 space
  • Bus service from main road

Branksome Station in Poole is actually closer to Bournemouth town centre than Poole with Bournemouth about 2 miles away whilst Poole is around 3 miles.
The station is conveniently located for the popular Westbourne area of Bournemouth which is about 1 mile away.
Bus routes M1 and M2 from More buses stop on the main road just outside the station and all go to Bournemouth or Poole town centre’s.

Parkstone Train Station, Station Road, BH14 8UD

  • Waiting room
  • Staffed part time
  • Self service machines
  • Lost property
  • Mobility/Accessibility access
  • Cycle storage
  • Bus service from main road
  • Parking – 13 spaces
  • Disabled parking – 1 space

Parkstone Train Station serves the Parkstone area of Poole, approximately 1.5 miles from Poole town centre.
There are no buses that run from this station, the nearest bus stops are on Bournemouth Road, close to the junction with Church Road. Route M1 from Morebus will then take you either to Poole or Bournemouth.

Hamworthy Station, Junction Road, BH16 5AA

  • Bus service from main road
  • Cycle storage
  • Staffed part time
  • Self service machines
  • Lost property

Serving the Hamworthy area of Poole, this station is located approximately 2.8 miles from Poole town centre.
The nearest bus stop is on Turlin Road, about a 5 minute walk, and the number 8 and 9 routes from More buses will take you into the centre of Poole.

Holton Heath Station, Wareham, Dorset, BH16 6JT

  • Bus service from main road
  • Cycle storage
  • Disabled parking – 1 space

This station serves the Holton Heath area of Sandford/Wareham.
It is not staffed and a Permit to Travel machine is in operation. Please purchase a permit and exchange it for a ticket on train.
Please note that this station has limited Mobility/Accessibility access.
The nearest bus stop is about half a mile away outside the Sandford Holiday Park on Organford Road. The number 40 Purbeck Breezer bus from morebus will take you to Poole town centre, or to Swanage the other way.

Wareham Train Station, North Port, Wareham, BH20 4AS

  • Toilets
  • Mobility/Accessibility access
  • Parking – 69 spaces
  • Disabled parking – 2 spaces
  • Staffed part time
  • Self service machines
  • Bus service
  • Cycle storage
  • Lost property
  • Taxi rank
  • Waiting room
  • Telephone

The number 40 bus (Purbeck Breezer) operated by morebus stops outside Wareham Station and will take you to Poole bus station one way and Swanage the other way. It is about a half a mile walk to the centre of Wareham.

Places To Visit

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Hardy’s Cottage National Trust