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Bournemouth train station is located approximately two miles north of the city centre, near the intersection between the A338 and the A35 roads. The railway station is conveniently located six miles away from the city's international airport and within walking distance of a large supermarket, several hotels, and recreational facilities like Dean Park Cricket Ground and the Meyrick Park golf club.

Visiting Bournemouth

The town's beaches are well-known throughout the UK. Boscombe Pier, opened in 1889 and extended and renovated since then, is a popular destination for tourists as well as locals. The beaches are very popular, due in part to how well maintained they are, and due to the region’s hot summers.

St Peter’s Church, which saw its completion in 1879, is another stop-off for tourists. Bournemouth railway station was built in July 1885 and featured an impressive glass canopy roof, which to this day is one of the station's most representative features and is in itself a location worth having a look at.

Bournemouth will also delight culture enthusiasts with The Pavilion, which shows West End productions, as well as operas and ballet. Families will also find entertainment at the city’s very own air show, which is held each year in August.

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Bournemouth

If you’re looking to buy cheap train tickets to Bournemouth, then you're in luck. At Trainline, we have some nifty tips to help you save money on your rail travels. So, read on to get clued up – you might just end up with a little more money to spend on fish and chips! 

First up – using a Railcard is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to buy cheap train tickets to Bournemouth. With one in hand, you could save up to 1/3 off the price of your train ticket!* There are a few different Railcard options, so check out our National Railcards for more info and to buy yours online.

Once you have your Railcard, you should try to purchase an Advance train ticket for your trip to the coast. In some cases, the prices of train tickets can increase as the date of departure gets closer, so make sure to book earlier rather than later! Most train companies release their tickets 12 weeks in advance, but we can let you know when tickets for your favourite routes become available. Simply sign up to our handy Ticket Alerts, and we’ll email you when they go on sale.

Want to learn more? Check out our Advance train tickets page for more details.

You can even take the two methods mentioned above and make sure to travel during Off-Peak times for further savings. To find Off-Peak times, you can simply search for tickets using our journey planner, and we’ll highlight the cheapest tickets for you (these are usually Off-Peak tickets).

For more info, head over to our Off-Peak train tickets page.

Last but not least, those travelling in a group could improve their chances of getting the cheapest train tickets to Bournemouth by using a GroupSave discount. This is a type of discount that allows people travelling in groups of three to nine to save up to 34%. Tickets for the group must be bought at the same time, and you can choose to apply GroupSave to your tickets by selecting it in our Railcards dropdown (under ‘add a Railcard’ in our booking widget). Please bear in mind that GroupSave is not applicable for all journeys by the different train companies, and all passengers must sit near to each other on the train for tickets to be valid.

For some extra tips on ways to save money on your rail travel, check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.

Frequently asked questions

What's the main train station in Bournemouth?

The main train station in Bournemouth is Bournemouth station. It's located north-east of the city centre.

Which train companies run trains to Bournemouth?

There are a number of trains companies in the UK that operate trains to Bournemouth, including South Western Railway and CrossCountry.

How do I get from the train station to Bournemouth beach?

It only takes 23 minutes to walk from Bournemouth station to the beach. Simply head out of the station and turn right onto Holdenhurst Road. At the roundabout, cross straight over onto Bath Road and then turn left into Bath Road South Car Park. Once you've passed through the car park, turn left and you'll see the entrance to the beach ahead of you.

Are trains running to Bournemouth?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Bournemouth, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Bournemouth.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Bournemouth?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Bournemouth, these include:

  • Network Railcard (London & South East Travel Zone)
  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too. 

How can I get cheap train tickets to Bournemouth?

It’s easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Bournemouth. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

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