Travelling to Dorset by Coach or Bus

Arriving in Dorset by coach or bus is a very relaxing and popular option for both British and international visitors.

Services run from many UK cities and airports to Dorset towns and connect with local bus and train services. Coach companies also provide services from European cities offering an alternative to arriving by air or rail.

When planning your holiday, you may find it useful to check the Travel Dorset website for the latest travel updates which could affect your journey.

National Express Coaches

A regular coach service with National Express is available throughout the country and links towns, cities and airports offering shuttle services to Dorset as well as around Dorset.

Travel times from London Victoria Coach Station or London Airports start at 2 hours 15 minutes to Bournemouth Travel Interchange which is the first major stop to the east of the County.  

Most large Dorset towns will have National Express coach stops. Further information about tickets and routes can be found on the National Express website. National Express connects with over 450 destinations across Europe and Ireland with their Euroline service, making your international connections to Dorset or onward travel to other destinations very simple.

Megabus Express Coach Network

The Megabus express coach network provides links between central London (Victoria Coach Station) and London Heathrow Airport to Bournemouth (including the university and train station) and Poole.

At both Heathrow Airport and London Victoria Coach Station, customers can arrange connections with other towns and cities such as Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

You can book tickets via the Megabus website.

Bus operators and routes in Dorset

Travelling around Dorset by bus couldn’t be simpler with frequent services connecting with trains, ports and Bournemouth Airport. Enjoy some of England’s most scenic open-top bus routes, travelling through the countryside and along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

As there are multiple bus companies operating across the county, use the Traveline website to find the best route for your journey and locate the nearest bus stops for your destination.

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