Travelling by air

Airport arrivals sign

However you choose to travel, think carefully about how much luggage you bring with you... are there things you can buy when you get here, will you be able to carry your luggage by yourself and are there any luggage restrictions with your plane/bus/train ticket? You can read more about what you need to bring with you on our what to bring webpage.

Below you will find details about how to travel from UK airports to Bournemouth, as well as any travel support available to you.


Supporting your journey

BU will offer subsidised airport transfer taxis for students arriving in the UK between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 January 2023.

Further details of how to book your airport transfer in order to take advantage of this offer will be available on this webpage soon and will also be emailed to you.

If your arrival date is before 19 January or after 22 January, you will need to make your own travel arrangements. You can find details about the different travel options available to you further down this webpage.


Airport taxi transfers

If you would like to arrange a taxi transfer from the airport to Bournemouth, it is important that you do this before you travel. If you don’t have an advance booking it will be a lot more expensive.

BU has a good relationship with two local airport taxi companies – Travel Link and Bournemouth Airport Transfers. Please contact them directly and keep in mind that they are more likely to be able to help you if you book at least two weeks in advance of your travel date.

Alternatively, if you look on the website for your airport (e.g. Heathrow, Gatwick etc.) you will find information about reputable taxi companies which you can contact to arrange your travel.

Note for families with children: It is law in the UK that all children must travel with a suitable car seat. Therefore, if you plan to bring children with you it is important that you tell the taxi company the age of your child when booking so that they can ensure that they have the correct car seat in the vehicle.


Airport coach travel

It’s possible to travel from the airport to Bournemouth by coach. The main coach operator in the UK is National Express. The timetables are currently quite limited and you should check carefully in order to book a direct coach if possible. If you choose to travel by National Express, you will find information on their website which explains the measures in place to help to keep you and other passengers safe.


Rail services

It’s possible to travel by train from most airports to Bournemouth. When planning your journey, consider how many times you would need to change train, how much luggage you’ll have and how much it costs. It is often more expensive to travel by train than coach.


How to reach us from different UK airports

If you’ll be making your way to Bournemouth via an airport, the way you make your onward journey will, of course, depend on where you land. That’s why we’ve outlined some helpful tips below. Please note that journey times and prices are only approximate.