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Dorset Travel Information
Getting to Dorset couldn't be easier! The county’s excellent connections via international airports, ferry ports, national and local railway services and a comprehensive road system makes Dorset one of the most accessible holiday destinations in the South West.
It’s so simple to get here
Dorset is easily accessible by road, linking with the M3 from London and the M5 from Birmingham. By road, travelling to Dorset is an enjoyable and scenic journey, being only a couple of hours ride from London and passing through beautiful countryside along the way.
And once here, enjoy the peace and quiet – 5 English counties do not have a motorway and Dorset is one of them! Driving is a pleasure on our traffic-light country lanes, just make sure you don’t get distracted by the incredible views!
Dorset is well connected
Dorset is served by a reliable rail network between many of the UK’s principal towns and local stations throughout the country.
Dorset has direct trains from London Waterloo that stop at Christchurch, Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth as well as Gillingham, Sherborne and Axminster (for Lyme Regis). Dorset is also lucky to have connections to Bath, Bristol & Gloucester.
During your stay in Dorset, a trip on the train is an exciting day out for families with young children and a visit to the Swanage Railway is a definite ‘must do’. The steam train journeys through the pretty Dorset countryside travelling to Corfe Castle and on to the sandy Blue Flag beach at Swanage.
As Dorset is situated on the South Coast of England, there are a number of ferry services from European ports arriving in or close to the county. Ferry services run to and from Poole, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The main airports for Dorset are Bournemouth, Southampton, Exeter and Bristol. All are under 90mins drive away, meaning Dorset is easy to get to from anywhere in the world!
Why not take a day trip to the beautiful Channel Islands or France with Condor Ferries from Poole or take advantage of the many boat trips along the Jurassic Coast?
There’s no such thing as ‘rush hour’ in Dorset!
Whilst here, make sure you enjoy the beautiful coast and countryside to the full!
Dorset’s wildlife and beauty can be enjoyed much more without a car and there are so many travel options available that you can happily leave your motor at home.
Visit the Travelling around Dorset pages to find out more about car free days out and how to discover Dorset's beautiful landscape by using cycle networks or Dorset walking trails whilst you are here.
- For the latest up to date travel information for Dorset visit the Travel Dorset website.