Travel information for Dorset

Travelling to Dorset couldn't be easier. The county’s excellent connections via trains, ferries, international airports, coach and bus services and an extensive road network, makes Dorset one of the most accessible holiday destinations in the South West.

Are you an international visitor wanting to experience the local history and culture of rural England? If you are visiting London, why not combine your trip to the capital with a trip to Dorset - travel with ease and arrive from central London in just over 2 hours.

Travelling to Dorset

Whether you are travelling from within the UK or further away, there are lots of travel options for you to choose.

Dorset is well connected with national rail services, Poole Port, national coach services and Bournemouth International Airport. If you are arriving by road, from whichever direction you are travelling from you'll find Dorset easy to get to.

Travelling around Dorset

Whatever your mode of transport, there are many ways to travel around Dorset including by train, bus, boat, road, bike and on foot.

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 car at your accommodation. Find out more about getting around Dorset using our car free days out ideas and discover beautiful landscapes by using cycle networks or walking trails whilst you are here.


If you are arriving by car, motorhome or motorbike, you'll want to know where you can park during your visit.

There are many car parks across the county which will either be operated privately or by councils. Most of them charge for parking, however there are a small number which are free. Please check individual car parks on arrival.

Many of the council car parks use JustPark, which allows you to pay for your parking ticket by App, phone call or text message. Most of the ticket machines also accept cash and some will accept card payment.

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Areas to Visit

Bustling towns, quaint villages and seaside resorts...all waiting to be explored!

What does your Dorset look like? Adventures on our epic coastline? Visiting attractions with family? A walk through the beautiful countryside? Or perhaps a chilled out evening eating and drinking with friends? Discover a sample of your #VisitDorset images below and share your love for Dorset using the hashtag on Instagram.