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Travelling by air

Airport arrivals sign

However you choose to travel, please 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.

For international students seeking details about Covid-19 guidance, please visit our travelling to the UK webpage. You will also find additional information about your arrival on our international arrivals webpage.

Travel Link taxi

To support your arrival, BU is working in partnership with Travel Link to provide you with a taxi transfer from the airport to Bournemouth, free of charge.

***This service is now fully booked until at least 27 September.***

If you are arriving before the 27 September (or your hotel quarantine finishes before then), please read the following information:

You will need to arrange your own transport from the airport. Bournemouth University will reimburse the cost to you, up to a maximum value of £100 per student, after you have arrived in Bournemouth.

You may be able to find a London-based taxi company who will allow you to pre-book a taxi to Bournemouth, by searching online for “London to Bournemouth taxis”. Alternatively there are good coach and rail services. At the bottom of this web page you’ll find information about the best options for travel to Bournemouth, depending on which airport you arrive at.

You MUST keep a receipt so we can refund you. Please email and we will send you more information about the process for issuing your refund.

If you are arriving after 27 September, please follow the instructions below:

You should email Travel Link to request a taxi (see below). Please note that they normally require bookings 7 days in advance. They are extremely busy, so there is no guarantee they will be able to book a taxi for you. If they do not have a taxi available, they will email you information about what you should do.

Taxis will collect from London Gatwick or Heathrow airports and bring you to Bournemouth. If you are arriving from a red list country and need to quarantine in an airport hotel on arrival, you can book your taxi to collect you from your hotel when you have completed your quarantine.

To request a taxi, you need to email Travel Link directly ( and give them the following information:

  • Tell Travel Link that you are a BU student
  • Your name
  • Your student number, this is your 7-digit number, beginning with a 5. You must provide this information as a way of proving your student status - without it, BU cannot pay for your taxi transfer.
  • Your arrival date and time
  • Your flight number and departure airport
  • The date you need a taxi to collect from your airport quarantine hotel (if applicable)
  • Accommodation address in Bournemouth
  • The amount of luggage you are bringing with you. This is important as you may be sharing a taxi with one or two other students and we need to ensure that all of the luggage will fit in the vehicle. 
  • If you are travelling with children, you must inform Travel Link when you book. By UK law, children MUST travel in a suitable car seat. Travel Link can provide car seats, but they need to know the ages of your children in advance.

Travel Link will reply to your email to confirm your booking and give you further details about where and when they will meet you.

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.