Traveling to Bournemouth

Attendees traveling to Bournemouth may wish to consider the following options:

By Air

Attendees traveling from abroad will, in a majority of cases, fly in to Bournemouth, Southampton, or London Heathrow airports. Travel from outside of Europe will need to go through Heathrow, those within Europe will normally need to fly in to Southampton but may be able to fly in the Bournemouth in some cases.

Bournemouth Airport (BOH)

Bournemouth has a small international airport which serves a limited number of european destinations. Travel from the aiport to the town is a short 15-20 minute taxi journey.

Southampton Airport (SOU)

Southampton international airport serves a large number of EU countries. It has its own dedicated rail station just outside of arrivals which has a regular direct line traveling to Bournemouth which takes 30-40 minutes. Tickets for the rail link can be purchased at the station.

London Heathrow (LHR)

Heathrow is a major international airport servicing a majority of destinations. If flying in to Heathrow you can then expect an 120 to 140 minute journey to Bournemouth from the airport. This can be done by rail, but we recommend the national express coach service which operates a direct line from Heathrow's bus station to Bournemouth bus station (which is opposite the Bournemouth rail station) with multiple regular services a day. These tickets are purchasable at the Heathrow bus terminal or in advance through the national express website.

By Rail

UK visitors may travel in to Bournemouth rail station. The station is on the Southwest trains main London line meaning there are regular direct trains from London Waterloo, Southampton, and Weymouth. Travel from London Waterloo for those coming from the capital is approximately 120 minutes but varies. There is also a cross country direct line to Manchester. The station itself is somewhat outside the center of Bournemouth town in the Lansdowne district of town - but this is only a 20-25 minute walk or a 5-10 minute taxi to the center.

By Car

Those travelling by car to Bournemouth will often arrive from the M27 and A31 from the east of the town. Bournemouth town center has numerous car parks, and the conference venue, the Hilton, has a car park for use by attendees for free while spaces last.


Bournemouth is a coastal resort town on the south coast of the UK in the county of Dorset connected to the west with the town of Poole and the east with the town of Christchurch. Bournemouth is famous for its waterfront winning the Trip Advisor's best beach in the UK award for the last two years and with the scenic sandbanks and poole harbour which forms part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The town is also flanked by two significant areas of UK natural beauty with the New Forest national park to the east, and the world heritage site of the Jurassic Coast to the west. Proximity to these sites makes Bournemouth a town popular with tourists and consequently the town is also exceptionally well served in bars, restaurants, and hotels. For those looking for something cultural and in town we can recommend the nearby Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, and the Bournemouth Natural Science Society.

The map below details locations of interest for BESC 2020 attendees in the local area. If you require a taxi while traveling around Bournemouth we can recommend PRC Streamline on (+44) 01202 373737. Alternatively the town is well supported by a bus service with large bus interchanges at the square in the centre of town or at the station, where the number 3, 4, and 5 buses regularly travel between the centre of town and the station.