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Dorchester to Bournemouth by train

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Journey time

From 40m


25 miles (41 km)


83 trains per day


Direct trains available

Train operators

South Western Railway

Traveling from Dorchester to Bournemouth by train

Looking to travel from Dorchester to Bournemouth by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 46 minutes to travel from Dorchester to Bournemouth by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 40 minutes though. You'll usually find 83 trains per day running along the 41 km route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Bournemouth.

Plan your trip ahead and book your train tickets in advance if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Just start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices for trains from Dorchester to Bournemouth.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Bournemouth by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

FAQs for Dorchester to Bournemouth

Want to know more about your journey from Dorchester to Bournemouth? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Dorchester to Bournemouth take?

The average journey time by train between Dorchester and Bournemouth is 46 minutes, with around 83 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Dorchester and Bournemouth by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dorchester to Bournemouth is 40 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Dorchester to Bournemouth?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Dorchester to Bournemouth without having to change trains. There are 83 direct trains from Dorchester to Bournemouth each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Dorchester to Bournemouth leave?

The first train from Dorchester to Bournemouth leaves at 04:32. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Dorchester to Bournemouth leave?

The last train from Dorchester to Bournemouth leaves at 23:22. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Dorchester and Bournemouth by train?

Trains travelling from Dorchester to Bournemouth cover a distance of around 25 miles (41 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bournemouth to Dorchester.

Cheap train tickets from Dorchester to Bournemouth

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