The principal route to the town centre is the A338 spur road, a dual carriageway that connects to the A31 close to the Hampshire border. The A31 joins the M27 at Cadnam and from there the M3 to London and the A34 to the Midlands and the North can be accessed. The main road west is the A35 to Honiton in Devon which runs through the South East Dorset Conurbation and continues east as far as Southampton, albeit as a non-primary route. 

The A350 in the neighbouring borough of Poole provides the only northern route out of the conurbation. National Express coaches serve Bournemouth Travel Interchange & Bournemouth University. There are frequent departures to London Victoria Coach Station and Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Local buses are provided mainly by two companies, Wilts & Dorset, the former National Bus Company subsidiary and now owned by the Go-Ahead Group. Other operators serving the town include Damory Coaches and the Shaftesbury & District bus company.


There are two stations in the town, Bournemouth railway station and Pokesdown railway station to the east. Parts of western Bournemouth can also be reached from Branksome station.

All three stations lie on the South West Main Line from Weymouth to London Waterloo. South Western Railway operates a comprehensive service along this line, which also serves Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke to the east, and Poole, Wareham, and Dorchester South to the west. 

Before its closure in 1966, Bournemouth was also served by the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway which provided direct access to Somerset and the Midlands.


Originally an RAF airfield, Bournemouth Airport was transferred to the Civil Aviation Authority in 1944 and was the UK's only intercontinental airport before the opening of Heathrow Airport in 1946. Acquired by the Manchester Airports Group in 2001, the airport underwent a £45 million phased expansion programme between 2007 and 2011.

Situated near the village of Hurn in Christchurch, Dorset, the airport is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Bournemouth town centre and serves around 600,000 passengers annually. There are direct flights to 23 international destinations in nine countries: Cyprus, Finland, Greece (3destinations), Italy (4), Malta, Portugal, Spain (10), Switzerland and Turkey.

Travel information is taken from Wikipedia.


Oceana Hotels

The code OCCE24 must be quoted / used otherwise no discounted rates will be quoted. 

To book via our website your delegates need to go on to the following link Official website | Oceana Hotels & Restaurants (

Then on the opening page:

  • Change the dates to the ones they need i.e. from 27.02.24 – 01.03.24 – CHECK AVAILABILITY
  • Change the amount of guests in the room to number needed i.e. 1 – click DONE
  • Select the hotel you want by clicking on the image of the hotel
  • Click Enter Code (top right) and type OCCE24 – click DONE
  • Click on SHOW PRICES alongside the room type you are wanting to book i.e. Compact Double
  • The Bournemouth University discounted rate will appear.
  • Select BOOK NOW to book the room.