How to get to Swanage 


Travel by ferry

The Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company operate the "Bramble Bush Bay" chain ferry. 

The ferry crosses the entrance to Poole harbour between Sandbanks and Shell Bay.

Further information, and latest updates, can be found on the ferry’s website or Facebook page:



Travel by car

If you choose to travel by car please ensure that you leave yourself extra time and have plenty of water in your car. It is also worth checking the 'live' travel updates produced by Dorset Council before you leave.


You may also wish to consider parking at Norden Parking just outside Corfe Castle and catch the train into Swanage. This will save you the last five miles of your journey, and you’ll get to enjoy a wonderful, scenic ride on the Swanage Railway.



Travel by bus

From Weymouth

Purbeck Breezer Route 30: Weymouth (Kings Statue) to Swanage Bus Station daily.

Leaving Weymouth at: 11.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 14.30 p.m., 16.30 p.m., and 17.30 p.m. (1 hour 42 minutes journey time).

From Poole

Purbeck Breezer Route 40: Poole Bus Station to Swanage Bus Station.

Monday to Saturday: From Poole 08.35 a.m. and then hourly until 21.50 p.m. (1 hour and 15 minutes journey time).

Sunday: From Poole 07.50 a.m. and then hourly until 23.00 p.m. (1 hour and 15 minutes journey time).


From Bournemouth

Purbeck Breezer Route 50: Bournemouth to Swanage Bus Station

The route usually operates over the Sandbanks Ferry but for this period will run from Bournemouth Interchange to Studland (by going through Poole and Wareham). Please note that the revised route does not go to Sandbanks, and some services only go as far as Studland Stores (i.e. it does not travel along the Ferry Road to Shell Bay). Some buses will go to Shell Bay from 20th July 2019. Please see the timetable for more information at:

Travel by boat

From Poole

City Cruises run a Poole Quay to Swanage Pier service daily. Departing Poole at 10.30 a.m. and 13.00 p.m.





Travel by train

Mainline Service

London Waterloo to Weymouth alight at Wareham then catch the No. 40 Purbeck Breezer Bus hourly service.


Summer Saturday Special service from Salisbury

Leaves Salisbury 8.10am and arrives Corfe Castle 11.35 a.m. with connecting trains to Swanage.


Swanage Railway

Regular trains (both steam and diesel) from Norden Station to Swanage. Timetables and fees can be found on the Railway's website – pre-booking is recommended.




Updated 17th July 2019