How to get to Swanage

Swanage is easily accessible by bus, coach, rail, air and sea. Car ferries and catamaran passenger services have good connections from France and the Channel Islands.  

By coach and bus 

Local Purbeck Breezer buses provide a regular, year round bus service to Swanage from Bournemouth, Poole, Lulworth, Wareham, Corfe Castle and many other locations in Dorset. There is also a seasonal summer bus service from Weymouth. Ideal for day trips from other resorts or to use during a multi-stop holiday to Dorset. 

If you are arriving by National Express coach, the daily 035 service from London Victoria arrives at Swanage Bus Station

By rail  

The nearest mainline railway station to Swanage is at Wareham which is ten miles away. The train service is operated by South Western Railway with a direct service between London Waterloo and Wareham calling at Woking, Basingstoke, Southampton, Brockenhurst, Bournemouth and other stations.  

Visitors travelling from Birmingham and the Midlands can get a direct Cross Country train to Bournemouth and then switch trains to Wareham. 

Day visitors arriving from Weymouth, Dorchester and other towns and village within Dorset are also able to get the train to Wareham. 

Visit the National Rail website to plan your journey and buy tickets in advance.  

When you arrive at Wareham, you can either catch a taxi (we recommend booking in advance) or bus number 40 to Swanage town centre.  

By road  

Routes from the north: M5, A46, A36, A350, A354, A35 and A351. 

Routes from the east: A30, A27, M27, A31, A350 and A351. 

Routes from the west: A30, A35, B3390, A352 and A351. 

Routes from London: M25, M3, M27, A31, A350, A35 and A351. 

If you are driving an electric vehicle, there are EV chargepoints at Main Beach car park, Mermond Place car park, Durlston Country Park and St. Michaels Garage, as well as a small number of holiday accommodation. You can check the ZapMap website which shows the location of each charging station. 

Car parks are available in Swanage for cars, motorcycles, coaches, motorhomes and campervans. 

By sea  

Ferries arrive from France and the Channel Islands to Poole in Dorset provided by Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries.

From Poole Port it is a 45 minute drive to Swanage. Alternatively, you could catch bus number 60 and then bus number 50 to Swanage. 

By air  

There are regional airports at Bournemouth, Southampton and Exeter.  

The closest airport is Bournemouth at 30 miles away which will take approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. Southampton is the second closest at 53 miles and taking around 1 hour and 45 minutes by car.  

Travel information  

For comprehensive Dorset-wide travel information, go to Travel Dorset.   

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Where to Stay

From hotels and B&Bs to cottages and apartments, all budgets are catered for in Swanage.