Travel to Dorset

There are several ways to get to Dorset and if you are coming from overseas try and get a fight that comes straight into one of the local airports rather than endure the nightmare that is Heathrow and Gatwick.

map of dorset

The three airports are: Bournemouth

Southampton

Exeter

If you are coming into Southampton it has to have the best link to a rail station in the country.It takes all of 3O seconds to walk from the terminal door to the station platform.

The county is served by trains which come directly from London though the service tends to follow the coast down as far as Lymington in Hampshire and Weymouth,rather than any inland towns.

There is a more extensive bus service which can get you down from London or Heathrow/Gatwick airports and once here it's easy to get around.National Express buses cover the whole country,the journey time from Heathrow to Bournemouth is about 2 hours.To find a bus time to suit you click on the link below:

Or if you prefer the freedom of a hire care this is available at the airports and at the bigger stations such as Bournemouth and Poole.

If you do need to park at an airport then the British Airports Authority have car parks at Heathrow,Gatwick and Southampton.To book a space,which will be cheaper than turning up on the day click on the link below:

For really cheap train and bus travel check out Mega Trains & Mega Buses as long as you avoid the rush hours periods.

Finally there is ferry access both to and from France and the Channel Islands.There are daily services to these destinations from Poole and to further afield from Portsmouth in Hampshire.

For travel to the Isle of Wight go here for more details of a quick an easy way to get across the water with your car and avoid going into Southampton or Portsmouth to do it.

Go to my Channel Islands Ferries page for details about fast ferries to Guernsey,Jersey & St Malo in France.

The best way to get to know the area is to start walking round and there are no better maps to point you in the right direction that those produced by Ordinance Survey.Click on the image below to find the map you want.The whole country is covered.

Landranger map number 195 covers Bournemouth,but if you want even more detail go for Explorer Map OL 15 which covers part of the Jurassic Coast and South Dorset.

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