There is a bus every two hours that goes from Poole to Exeter along the beautiful Dorset coast. The views from the upper deck must be very good and at just £5.00+ for a day ticket a trip on the bus represents good value.
If you are in Weymouth and want to explore north of Weymouth there is rover ticket called a Heart of Wessex Day Ranger. Available after 08.20 this ticket allows unlimited travel between Weymouth - Castle Cary - Bristol TM plus Swindon - Bath Spa/Trowbridge. Cost is £19.00 or child £9.50. If you hold a railcard the price is £12.55. (2013 prices).
The coach from Victoria Bus station in London to Weymouth takes 4 hours and travels via Bournmouth. National Express have regular special offers from 5GBP for a single trip. The Express bus stops and picks up from the King's Statue on the Esplanade overlooking the sea.
I made my reservation on-line and they sent me an 'm-ticket' to my mobile phone for an extra 50pence as I didnt have access to a printer.
Weymouth Railway Station is located fairly centrally at the cross between King Street and Queen Street and is a short walk from the beaches and the harbour. Regular train services run from London Waterloo (every 30 minutes during the day) and Bristol Temple Meads (8 trains Mon to Sat and 3 on Sundays with a couple of extra services during the summer).
The station has fairly basic facilities but is staffed full-time with the ticket office open from early morning until about 6 pm - it also has an automatic ticketing machine.
Whilst the town is within easy walking distance for travel further afield there's bus stops located across from the entrance and a couple of minutes away on the Esplanade. There's also a taxi rank on the forecourt which usually has a couple of cabs waiting.
Although stretching for about 2 miles Weymouth's beach front promenade is emminently walkable and there are plenty of cafes and pubs along the route if you fancy a sit-down. For those with young children or with mobility problems (or if you are just lazy) the Seafront Landtrain runs from Easter until September between Lodmoor and the King's Statue and has space for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Timings depend on the time of year and an adult fare (May 2010) is £1.50 (children £1) each way. Phone number below will give timetable info, as will the Tourist Office, and there are notice boards along the route indicating when the next train is scheduled.
For a shortcut between the Nothe Fort and the town's pier and beaches there's this little ferry service across the harbour. This isn't just one for the tourists as many locals also use it to save having to walk up to the town bridge and back down again.
I haven't used it personally but the ferryman looks like quite a character and the rowboats, which are licenced by the local council, are about 70 years old. The boats run from 10 am daily until dusk and the crossing takes a matter of minutes. The one-way trip costs (May 2010) a mere 50 pence per person and the ferry picks up passengers on demand - you just arrive at the departure point and if he's on the other side give him a wave.
Since the 1800's Weymouth has been a popular terminus for freight and passenger ferries to the Channel Islands and to France. There used to be several ships plying the route but the only remaining one is the Condor Ferries fast boat "Express".
This sails to St Malo and back six days a week with varying stop-offs at Jersey and Guernsey.
Personally, although I usually enjoy ferry journeys, I find these fast ferries a bit claustrophobic (especially in bad weather) and prefer the conventional sailings from Portsmouth but they are fast with the non-stop journey to St Malo taking just over 4 hours and the Guernsey trip just over 2.
The terminal building is located on the quay just up from the Pavillion.
One thing to be aware of if driving through Weymouth is that the bridge connecting the two halves of the town is a lifting bridge which is opened every two hours during the day to allow passage of craft into and out of the inner harbour.
This usually takes about fifteen minutes and should be allowed for if connecting with the Condor Ferry.
Strangely enough this is also a bit of a tourist attraction and people enjoy watching the boats come and go and the mechanism of the bridge in action - well I do anyway!
We drove there with a car. Roads are quite narrow, twisting and hilly. Nice panoramic views open usually while driving in Isle of Portland, but not everywhere you can stop your car, unfortunatelly.
Condor ferries operate from Weymouth harbour,offering regular services to the Channel islands and on to St Malo,France.