Travelling to Dorset by Air

Travelling to Dorset by air couldn’t be simpler. Dorset has its own international airport called Bournemouth Airport, which is located near Christchurch in the east of the county.

Flights currently arrive from the following destinations: Spain (including Canary and Balearic Islands), Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Switzerland, Malta, Italy, Ireland, France and Cyprus. The airport is open all year around and operates both chartered and scheduled flights with major operators such as Ryanair, EasyJet and TUI.

Many flight operators will allow you to bring sporting equipment at a reduced luggage cost, so why not consider bringing your bike for a cycling holiday?

Onward travel by bus and train

Bus number 737 connects Bournemouth Airport with Bournemouth Town Centre and Bournemouth Bus/Rail Station for onward travel by train or bus to other towns and villages across Dorset. The bus stops at Bournemouth Square, Bournemouth Station, Winton, Moordown, Northbourne and Parley Cross from 6am to 7pm.

To plan your journey, you can use the Traveline website which will plan your route and itinerary for travelling by public transport.

Travelling by taxi

The best way to guarantee your onward travel from Bournemouth Airport by taxi is to book one in advance. This means the start of your holiday to Dorset will be stress-free and requires no waiting in queues. Most taxis now take card payments, but be prepared to pay by cash if necessary.

Car Rental

Car rental can easily be booked for collection at the airport and if you have never experienced driving on the left side of the road before, then you will easily become confident on the well signposted roads around the airport.

Southern England Airports

Dorset is also easily accessible from Southampton AirportExeter AirportBristol AirportLondon Gatwick and London Heathrow.

Take a look at their websites to find the nearest connecting airport and book a flight to come and explore one of the finest and historic places in England.

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