Bus and Train Information for Sherborne
No matter if you don’t have a car or just want a few days car free, traveling around the area using public transport means you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to park and someone else will do all the driving for you.
Sherborne is lucky to have its own railway station - one of only two towns in north Dorset with train stations. And exploring the rest of Dorset or neighbouring Somerset and Wiltshire by train or bus is easy to do.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
Getting around by bus
The number 5 bus is operated by South West Coaches and travels between Yeovil and Dorchester via Sherborne. It stops numerous times within Sherborne town centre, so is useful for visitors who have mobility difficulties. Yeovil is located just over the border in Somerset and Dorchester is Dorset’s county town. Both have bustling town centres and history dating back to Roman times.
If you are looking to explore other towns and villages in north Dorset, the Y4 bus travels to Blandford Forum via Sturminster Newton. Blandford is a Georgian market town with lots of independent shops and riverside walks. At Sturminster you can explore the Mill or go for a walk along the North Dorset Trailway.
Some bus services may not run on weekends or bank holidays, so be sure to plan your journey in advance by using the Traveline website.
Getting around by train
Sherborne Railway Station is on the mainline between London Waterloo and Exeter St. David’s.
The station is found on the edge of town within easy walking distance of the town centre, however bus number 5 travels through the town and stops at the train station.
There are a number of stations between Sherborne and Exeter including the market towns of Axminster and Honiton which both have stations within an easy walk of the town centre. The riverside cathedral city of Exeter is just one hour away and has a long and interesting history, as well as being Devon’s county town.
Heading in the opposite direction towards London, Gillingham is Dorset’s most northerly town with bus connections to nearby Shaftesbury. Further on and just 45 minutes away is the medieval city of Salisbury with its towering cathedral housing one of the four original Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215AD.
You can check train timetables and book tickets on the National Rail website.
Accessible public transport
If you or someone you are travelling with is a wheelchair user or has mobility issues, you can find information about accessible buses and trains on our Accessible Sherborne page.
Sherborne's Train Station is on the mainline between London and Penzance.
Sherborne is surrounded by beautiful countryside easily explored on foot or by bike.
Map of Sherborne including places of interest, parking, coach parking and toilets.
There are many places to visit in Sherborne which are accessible to all.