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Trains to Poole approach from the west across Holes Bay, and the east between Parkstone Bay and the Boating Lake, and both approaches have a wonderful view of the water. And rightly so, because it doesn’t matter why people visit Poole – for seaside fun and games on the many beautiful beaches nearby, watersports in the shelter of Poole Harbour, or the ferry to France – it is the town’s coastal location that is its main attraction.

The original Victorian station buildings from 1872 were replaced in the 1970s and 1980s, around which time the Lighthouse Arts Centre was opened, nine minutes walk away. With a theatre, concert hall, studio, cinemas and galleries, the Lighthouse is the largest arts complex in the UK outside London and home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The town centre and Poole Quay, with its appealing mix of historic buildings and a fine collection of traditional pubs, is a 10-minute walk south of the station.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Poole station

Poole train station is mainly served by South Western Railway trains, which connect London Waterloo to Poole in 2h 36m and Weymouth to Poole in 44m.

Need more information on how to get to Poole by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Poole.

How to get from Poole station to the beach

The nearest beach to Poole train station is Hamworthy Beach, which is just a 16-minute bus ride away. Forget about the hustle and bustle of the city centre and take in the stunning views over the middle and upper reaches of the harbour towards the Purbeck Hills in the distance.

Poole train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Poole station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Poole railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Poole.

The main station building on Serpentine Road contains the ticket counter and machines, toilets, and a newsagent. Platform 1 is accessed directly from the ticket hall, with a footbridge leading across the tracks to platform 2. For step-free access to platform 2, there is a station entrance on Holes Bay Road. The taxi rank and bus stops are outside the main building, as is the 146-space car park and storage spaces for bicycles.

Poole train station parking

Poole train station has one car park, which offers 146 spaces. Wheelchair users can easily get from the car park to the station via a ramp.

Hotels near Poole train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Poole station open?

Poole station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Poole station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Poole station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Poole.

Are there toilets at Poole station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Poole station.

Are dogs allowed at Poole station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Poole station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from Poole station to the beach?

The nearest beach to Poole train station is Hamworthy Beach, which is just a 16-minute bus ride away.

Departures and arrivals from Poole

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Poole station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to WeymouthSouth Western Railway18:522Late
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway18:551On time
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway19:321On time
to WeymouthSouth Western Railway19:522On time
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway19:551On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London WaterlooSouth Western Railway18:512Late
from WeymouthSouth Western Railway19:311On time
from London WaterlooSouth Western Railway19:362Late
from London WaterlooSouth Western Railway19:512On time
from London WaterlooSouth Western Railway20:332On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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