Getting to Dorset
Regular ferries arrive into:
Poole from Cherbourg, St Malo and the Channel Islands
Portsmouth from St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and Bilbao
Weymouth from the Channel Islands and St Malo
The southeast of England (Ramsgate) from Dunkirk and Ostend, Belgium
The southeast of England (Dover, Folkestone and Newhaven) from France
The east of England (Harwich) from Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany
Main ferry companies offering services to these ports are:
The area is served by an excellent rail network from many principal towns in the UK to local stations throughout Dorset. South West Trains offer great discounted fares when you buy your ticket in advance on many longer distance routes to and from London. Why not take advantage of their advanced fares offers?
Direct trains from London depart from Waterloo Station and stop at Bournemouth, Dorchester and Weymouth.
London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids services call at Sherborne and Axminster (for Lyme Regis).
For all rail enquiries visit www.networkrail.co.uk
National Express Coaches operate services throughout the country.
The following main motorway routes connect the east, ports and London with Dorset: M20 / M26 / M25 / M3 / M27. The M3/A303 from London to Devon also passes through the northernmost part of Dorset.
Travelling around Dorset is easy too so leave the car behind and make travelling around all part of the fun!
With great travel options and one of the most accessible destinations in the South West, Dorset is the ideal place to book your holiday or short break away.
For more information contact one of our Tourist Information Centres.