How to get to Dorset
M3/M27 route • A303 route
Dorset has excellent road links with the rest of the country.
M3 / M27
From Kent take the M20 from Folkestone, or the M26 westwards to join the M25 orbital motorway around London. Follow the M25 to its junction with the M3 at Chertsey and follow it to the outskirts of Southampton. The M3/M27 runs southwest to its junction with the A31 near Ringwood.
The A303 from London cuts through the north of Dorset near Mere and the following A-roads can also be utilised dependent on your final destination:
- the A31 from Guildford in Surrey to Bere Regis;
- the A35 from Southampton to Honiton, Devon;
- the A37 from Bristol to Dorchester;
- the A348 from Ferndown to Poole;
- the A350 from its junction with the M4 in Wiltshire to Poole;
- the A354 from Salisbury, Wiltshire to Eaton on the Isle of Portland.
There are excellent Park and Rides at Dorchester Football Stadium, at Norden near Wareham (for the Swanage Steam Railway) and at Mount Pleasant, Weymouth connecting Weymouth with Dorchester.
South West Trains leave London Waterloo daily at regular intervals.
The main stations for Dorset are: Sherborne, Yetminster, Evershot, Dorchester West, Dorchester South, Upwey, Weymouth, Moreton, Wool, Wareham, Hamworthy, Poole, Parkstone, Branksome and Bournemouth. The Swanage Railway runs steam trains from Norden Park and Ride, near Wareham to Swanage via picturesque Corfe Castle and Harman's Cross and is well worth a visit if in the area.
You can purchase rail tickets online at thetrainline.com.
Please remember that, if booking in advance, two single tickets are often a lot cheaper than a return ticket!
National Express offer a comprehensive coach link service to the main destinations in Dorset and there are good onward links to Somerset, North and South Devon. Leave the car at home and visit Dorset by coach. It is more affordable than you think.
The east of Dorset is served by Bournemouth Airport off the B3073 at Hurn, near Christchurch. Bournemouth Airport is just under 90 minutes from the International airports at London Heathrow and about 2 hours from London Gatwick, meanwhile Southampton regional airport is just 30 miles away to the northwest.