The cliff lifts which can be found at West Cliff,East Cliff and Fisherman's Walk Cliff only operate between Easter and the end of October.They give you easy access to the beach from the cliff tops.Each car takes 12 passengers and costs £1.20p for each adult,80p per child or £3.80p for a family - 2 adults and up to 3 under 16's.
A rail ticket that gives unlimited rail travel from Bournemouth - the area covered includes Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester, Great Malvern , Portsmouth and Swindon.
Very good value. 2013 prices are - 3 days in 7 = Adult £79, with a railcard £52.15 and child £39.50. Any 8 days in 15 - £109.00, £71.95 and £54.50.
Bournemouth was a good place to stay and to explore Dorset and Hampshire by train. I went to Dorchester, Winchester and Lyme Regis and found it very convenient (to Winchester I went twice because on the second day I took a bus from Winchester to Chawton to see Jane Austen's house).
I pre-booked all my tickets in advance on www.nationalrail.co.uk and like that I got good prices. I cannot say how much I really saved, though - I still have not really got the gist of the British rail system, so if you have more questions concerning that, please ask your question in the VT United Kingdom Forum where there are some real experts who will probably be able to help you!
Dorchester and Winchester are both about an hour from Bournemouth. Lyme Regis is about three hours and then a short bus trip - if everything goes well, that is. Unfortunately my train broke down in the new forest and so my journey took six instead of three hours... Bad luck, I guess.
I liked the train station in Bournemouth very much. Although there are some dirty places, it is generally well maintained, and there are bathrooms on both platforms (if there were only as much bathrooms in German train stations as in English ones!). There is also a small coffee shop.
The train station is located next to the bus station where you will find a small tourist information.
During my UK trip, I often travelled by National Express. This takes much more time than the train, but it is usually cheaper (though not always!). I found the coaches quite comfortable and the drivers very friendly. Luggage is restricted to two suitcases/bags and one piece of hand luggage. However, I always brought an additional bag of food as hand luggage, and it was never a problem.
I went to Bournemouth from Cardiff - this was not a sensible thing to do so, as I found out later. When I booked it, I did not see that it was not a direct, or at least a sensible route, but that I had to go all the way to London and change to a different coach there! I must have been sleeping while I booked this...
It was very inconvenient and would have been much better to go by train, as there is a direct train from Cardiff to Bournemouth that is not expensive at all if you book early and get a good fare, and that only takes three and a half hours.
The bus station of Bournemouth is located directly next to the train station. It is not big, but there is a small tourist office where I got a map when I arrived and asked for the way to my accommodation.
I left Bournemouth to Newquay, which was quite a good service, but I cannot find it anymore on the National Express website and think it must have been changed.
You’ll find the bike hire place on the beach, about 100 meters east of the pier.
I paid £10 for a 4 hour hire - good value. Mind you, beware of the bikes! They have no gears, so if going uphill is part of your plan, think again! Then the rear brakes are not on the handlebars - you move the pedals backwards a bit!
All takes a bit of getting used to. Worth it - great way to see around the coast.
I gave up a bit early - getting cold.
They have helmets, maps and padlocks if you ask. If you want to pay cash, bring a form of ID which they can keep to make sure you return the bike.
I arrived by plane at Southampton Airport, which is 40 minutes away by train. Bournemouth has its own airport, but no flights which suited me.
Southampton was great. My bag arrived 2 minutes after I did. The station is 50 meters from the terminal. I had a 5 minute wait for a train. The train was quick, comfortable and on time. £12 one way.
I hadn’t flown with this airline for several years. About £100 return from Edinburgh, booked 9 months in advance! It was fine.
We left an a hour late - mostly because of thunderstorms around our destination. They cut that back to 45 minutes delay on arrival.
It was a turboprop Dash 8 - comfortable enough.
For those walking, cycling, or even driving, this section of the South Coast there is a regular ferry service across the narrow neck of the entrance to Poole Harbour between Sandbanks and Shell Bay which connects Bournemouth and Studlands, and on to Swanage and the start of the Jurassic Coast.
This is quite a unique ferry in that it is propelled by diesel/hydraulic drive system which pulls the ferry to and fro along a submerged chain. The commercially-run ferry (website below) runs 364 days a year (not New Year's day) with a frequency of every 20 minutes (ie 10 minutes each way) and cuts about 25 miles off the journey which otherwise would take you round Poole Harbour.
There are a total of about 7 miles of uninterupted beaches between Southbourne, to the east, and Sandbanks, to the west of Bournemouth's seafront. Whilst these are emininently walkable, either along the promenade or the beaches themselves, there's also a useful little land train which runs along the central sections between Boscombe and Alum Chine. This is good for the foot weary and especially useful for those with mobility problems, who can ride for free.
Getting around Bournemouth and the surrounding areas by bus is both cheap and simple. There are two competing bus companies - the yellow Transdev (1st website) and the red or blue Wilts and Dorset (2nd website). Because the companies actually compete on the some of the main routes then this keeps fares down and both offer value for money day tickets.
The two main sets of bus stops in town are around The Triangle, just off Commercial Road and in the centre at Gervis Place, next to the Tourist Info Centre. There's also a Travel Interchange at the Railway Station.
For a useful bus map click HERE
Bournemouth Railway Station is about a 15 minute walk north of the town centre. This is on the main South West Trains route between London (Waterloo) and Poole/Weymouth with trains running both ways roughly every half hour during the day. It is also the terminus for Cross Country services to and from Manchester Piccadily which have a roughly hourly day-time frequency.
Just outside the station is the bus interchange with regular buses into the town centre and the surrounding area. Also there are usually plenty of taxis available on the rank for those with luggage.
This is quite a small station but with all the basic facilities required and the manned service counter is especially helpful with looking for good deals for you if booking advance tickets - there was one occasion where they actually found a cheaper ticket for me than I could have gotten via the internet!
Contacts are those for National Rail.
You can get to Bournemouth pretty much every way known to man.
We have an airport that now flies to the majority of Europe.Trains from London only take about 90 minutes. The roads going into Bournemouth are good, if not busy on bank holiday weekends, Ferries dock in nearby Poole and you can even walk if you are crazy enough!!
Bournemouth airport is very small, and there aren't a great deal of flights originating from the site, but this can have it's advantages. Every time I have used the airport, I have been through it in virtually no time at all. None of the waiting around for hours on end for your luggage lark, like you get at Gatwick or Heathrow.
The airport also has a decent diner, and a bar.
Bournemouth International Airport is mostly served by the reputable no thrills airline- Ryanair.
http://www.yellowbuses.co.uk/ operates services in the Bournemouth area.
http://www.firstgroup.com/ Bournemouth to Weymouth via Poole and Dorchester,
u can take this short trip on the ferry or drive around the haboure the ferry takes about ten minutes
from here u ca go to the studland beach, corfe castle swanage etc