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Getting around

General Public Transport Information

Bus Info
Taxi Info
Ferries and Boats
Cycling and Walking

Traveline - Public Transport Information for the South West
Tel: 0871 200 22 33 link will open in new window link will open in new window - Public Transport Information for Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas

Bus Information

The Wilts and Dorset Bus Company serves the Poole area.  Tel: 01202 338420 link will open in new window Bus passengers in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch can now enjoy unlimited daily travel on all the area's major bus operators thanks to a new travel card. The Getting About Card enables passengers to hop on and off of different buses for a day across the three towns without being restricted to one bus company's services.

The cards can be purchased from the driver on first bus passengers board and cost just £3.60 for children, £5.80 for adults and £14 for a family of two adults and two children.

Tickets can be used on all buses run by the major operators in the area including Wilts & Dorset (including More buses and Route ONE), Yellow Buses and First buses as well as smaller operators such as Damory Coaches, Gardbus and the Bournemouth Airport Shuttle Service.

Another good way to see the area is to buy an Explorer Anywhere ticket, which gives you unlimited travel on all Wilts and Dorset buses for any one day. They are valid on most Hampshire Bus and Solent Blue Line buses too.  If you are on holiday for the week, why not get a seven-day Busabout; you can visit Corfe Castle, Swanage, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Southampton, Winchester and many other places besides. 

  • Other money saving tickets include:
    The Dayrider gives unlimited travel in the three towns of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch for just £4.10. You can hop on and off the buses all day and make as many journeys as you like providing you start and finish your journey in one of the towns! Ideal for a shopping spree and no parking problems guaranteed!  Dayrider tickets cost £4.10 for adults and £2.60 for children.             
  • The Nightrider covers the same area but costs just £4.50 for unlimited travel after 7pm.

Wilts and Dorset have now introduced the new More link will open in new window bus routes which are a smarter and quicker way of getting you around Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.  Buses between Poole and Bournemouth run every 5 minutes on the M1 and M2 Buses.

The majority of buses are "Low Floor" with spaces for wheelchairs and baby buggies. In partnership with the Borough of Poole, many bus stops are now fitted with electronic information displays which count down to the time of the next bus.

For further information contact Nick Phillips  from the Borough of Poole's Transportation Department for up-to-date timetables and maps to show where all the services go. Maps can be sent to you in the post so please remember to include your address.  Alternatively visit link will open in new window

Alternatively why not enjoy a guided bus tour around the beautiful parts of Dorset with local company Discover Dorset link will open in new window .  Booking for these tours is essential. Discover Dorset pick up from Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch and also run a hotel service. Just choose a pick up point at time of booking.

Yellow Buses offer trips to Bournemouth or Christchurch from Poole.  For further information on routes check out link will open in new window

Area bus maps and timetables are available from Poole Tourist Information, to request a copy of these to be sent to you contact 01202 262 600.

Arriving by train? Ask for a Plusbus ticket. If you are arriving in Poole by train you can enjoy unlimited travel for the day on most local bus services with the Plus Bus ticket. Wilts & Dorset, Yellow Buses, First and the majority of smaller bus operators are included and you can hop on and off the buses all day with your rail Plusbus ticket. Passengers can travel over a wide area including not just Poole but also neighbouring towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Wimborne link will open in new window

Route One
The number one way to get around Poole Town Centre is the Route ONE bus. The service runs Monday to Saturday from 7.25 am to 6.20 pm. Route ONE's buses run every 15 minutes during the day on a fast and convenient circular route.  Route ONE links all of Poole Town Centre's main attractions such as Poole Quay, Poole Park and The Dolphin Shopping Centre.  Route One costs  £1.80 per adult for a "Hop on, Hop off" ticket and £1.00 for a single ticket. Children tickets, £1.00 for a  "Hop on, Hop off" ticket and 60p for a single. Accompanied children under 7's free. Route ONE buses are fully wheelchair accessible and are also great for mums and dads with buggies.

For more information go to the Route One link will open in new window web page.

Poole Lifting Bridge & Twin Sails


Please be aware that essential works to Poole Bridge are planned to start on 12 September 2016 for approximately nine months. The bridge will be closed to all road traffic, cyclists and pedestrians so all traffic will be diverted across Twin Sails Bridge. 

Poole Bridges Lifting Sequence: After the first bridge lift, the second will open as soon as possible. The first bridge will open again, if required, for returning vessles. See below for lifting times, 

Opens at half past the hour

05:30 - 14:30 Twin Sails Bridge opens first. Poole Bridge opens approx 15 mins later

15:30 - 23:30 Poole Bridge opens first. Twin Sails Bridge opens approx 15 mins later

Weekdays - as above with the following exceptions

08:30, 13:30, 17:30, 20:30

Tel: 0800 506050  

Ferry Port Traffic Tip: When the bridge is lifted, traffic to and from the Ferry Port can be affected, so always allow extra travelling time. If Poole Bridge is open use Twin Sails Bridge and if Twin Sails bridge is open use Poole Bridge.

Always allow extra time when travelling to the ferry port. 


PRC Streamline (01202) 37 37 37

Streamline Taxis Logo 2016We are Poole's largest taxi company, handling over 500,000 journeys every year in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Weymouth, Dorset and Hampshire.

Poole Radio Cabs operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing you with a prompt, friendly and reliable taxi service.  The firm provides a full range of transport services including wheelchair taxis and 6 seaters

Free Callback and Textback Service
No more standing outside pubs, restaurants or blocks of flats. When you book your taxi, just ask one of our operators for our free "Call Back" service and your telephone will ring twice just before your taxi arrives or receive a text when your taxi arrives.

Credit Card Facilities in all taxis.

T: 01202 37 37 37
W: link will open in new window (Online account booking service available)

Ariel Taxis (01202) 747333

Poole Harbour Taxis (01202) 668866

Dial-a-Cab (01202) 666822 *

Parkstone Cars (01202) 739999

Dolphin Radio Taxis (01202) 777879

*wheel chair accessible vehicles

Traffic Update

Please click on the following link for current travel information link will open in new window on roads in Poole and the surrounding area .

AA Roadwatch - for up-to-date traffic information 
Landline: 09068 88 43 22 or Mobile: 84322
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Local Ferries & Boat Trips

Sandbanks to Studland Ferry link will open in new window - Bramble Bush Bay (the floating bridge) - Car and Passenger Ferry linking Poole and the Purbecks. From 0700am until 2300 hrs. approx every 20 mins. £3.80 per car and £1 for pedestrians and bikes. Daily service. Christmas Day runs on a half hourly service, leaving Sandbanks on the hour and half past and then from Shell bay 10 mins and 40 mins after the hour.  Tel: 01929 450203.

Sandbanks Ferry

Brownsea Island Ferries - Boat trips from Poole Quay and Sandbanks to Brownsea Island, Wareham and around the Harbour. Tel: 01929 462383

City Cruises Poole link will open in new window - Operated by City Cruises. Boat trips from Poole Quay to view Studland Bay, Old Harry Rocks and Swanage. Tel: 01202 467 882

Greenslades Pleasure Boats  - Boat trips from Poole Quay to Brownsea Island, Wareham and around the Harbour. Tel: 01202 669955

Cycling & Walking

Nobody wants to waste any of their holiday time sitting in traffic, so why not leave the car and get about on foot, or bike or even by boat.   Enjoy views that you would never be able to admire from the driving seat.  Check out the cycling facilities link will open in new window in the Borough to help you get around easily.

FREE cycling and walking maps available from Poole Tourist Information. To request a copy of the map please contact tel: 01202 262 600

Protect the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of the area.  Hire a bike to get about!  Cycles can be hired from the Watersports Academy link will open in new window on Banks Road at Sandbanks.

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