Bournemouth University

Directions, Transport and Travel To and From Bournemouth University
(Bournemouth, Dorset, England)

Bournemouth is easily accessible from many parts of England, including London, Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Travel by Air

Students arriving by air often land at Gatwick Airport in East Sussex, London. Bournemouth has its own airport, but it has limited services to some cities.

If you are driving from Gatwick, take the M3 from London to Southampton, and turn onto the M27 westward. This will take you through the New Forest onto the A31. Take the A338, not far from Ringwood, and head southwards into Bournemouth. The A338 leads from the north, so those from Salisbury can take the same road. From Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, take the A35 and turn onto the A31, following the same route to the A338.

Bournemouth Airport (BOH) Information - Useful information about Bournemouth (BOH) Airport

Car Hire and Road Travel

Nearby Bournemouth are some popular places which can easily be reached by car. These include Poole Harbour and the New Forest. The remarkable town of Salisbury and the big seaside towns of Southampton and Portsmouth are a little bit farther afield but also easily accessed by road.

You have the option to hire a car once you arrive in Bournemouth as there are some hire firms represented in the town. It is best to pre-book a hire car online as the most competitive prices from a number of well established and reputed car rental companies will be offered to you.

Car Parking

In charge of on-street parking management is the Bournemouth Borough Council, which can be reached at 01202 454721. You can usually pay using your mobile phone in most of Bournemouth's Pay and Display Car Parks. There are instructions found throughout the parking spaces. You will be notified via text message several minutes before your parking session ends.

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Travel by Trains and Rail

Travelling by rail is a popular option for those coming from London. Two trains an hour depart from the London Waterloo station and will reach Bournemouth in about two and a half hours.

Travel by Buses and Coachl

Direct coach services from National Express depart daily from Bournemouth to many southern UK cities. Coaches leave Victoria Station in London every hour.

There are several bus operators in Bournemouth, the biggest of which is Transdev Yellow Buses. The company is owned by Transdev plc, which is one of France's biggest transport groups. Transdev continues to be one of the largest bus operators in the UK. See for more details on times, fares, etc.

There are buses available from the Bournemouth Airport to the Travel Interchange where visitors can transfer to either the National Express and Flight Link services or the Bournemouth Train Station.

Travel by Taxi

There are many reputable taxi companies operating in Bournemouth, including:
  • 1st Abbiss Cars
  • 525 Taxis
  • A.A.A Radio Cars
  • Ace Taxis
  • Alpha Taxis
  • Bournemouth Taxi Ranks
  • Car Back
  • CarLinkAir.Com
  • Central Taxis
  • Charminster Taxis
  • Countrywide Executive Cars
  • Mitchell White Wedding Cars
  • Mobile Radio Cars
  • Nationwide Cars
  • Phone-a-Cab
  • Premier Radio Cars
  • Southbourne & Pokesdown Taxi-Cabs
  • Star Cars
  • United Taxis
  • Warrens Taxi's & Private Hire

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