Jurassic Coast Travel Information

There are a variety of ways to access and get around the Jurassic Coast. For planning your journey by public transport, please go to www.traveline.info or call 0871 200 2233. Here you will be able to find information on public transport across the UK.

By Bus

The Jurassic Coaster bus services are one of the great ways to explore the Jurassic Coast. Two different companies run buses from Poole to Axminster, and from Axminster to various East Devon destinations.

The Jurassic Coast services stop at a number of towns and villages along the coast, including Axminster, Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth.

The Jurassic Coaster X53 bus

By Rail

There are three main railway lines that connect the Jurassic Coast area with London and the rest of the UK.

South Western Railway

The first is the South Western Railway line which runs from Weymouth through Dorchester South, Wareham, Poole and onwards up to London Waterloo.

The second runs further west and connects Exeter with London Waterloo. This service calls at Axminster, from which the Jurassic Coaster bus service can be picked up for travel to the coast.

Great Western Railway

A third line runs from Weymouth through Dorchester West up towards Bristol.

South Western Railway Train

By Road

If you plan to visit the Jurassic Coast by car, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the best routes available in advance of setting out, as the roads do get busy – especially during peak holiday times.

There are no motorways near the Jurassic Coast (other than the M5 coming from the north down to Exeter). Please note that if you put “Jurassic Coast” into your sat nav it will take you to a random location midway along the coast that does not have access to the beach. Please put in a specific town or location.

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Approaching Sidmouth by road.

Main Roads to access the Jurassic Coast

The A35 runs west from Poole through Dorchester, Bridport and Charmouth, where it connects with the A3052, which begins in Lyme Regis and runs through East Devon to Exeter.

Just west of Poole, the A3 connects to the A3051 which runs through Wareham and gives access to the Isle of Purbeck.

From Poole it is also possible to take the chain ferry across Poole Harbour from Sandbanks to Studland which gives east access to Old Harry Rocks, Swanage and the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. Queues for the chain ferry at peak times can be long.

A35 Chideock - Reading Tom
The A35 running through the village of Chideock in West Dorset. © Reading Tom via Flickr.

Electric Car Charging Points

If you’re visiting the Jurassic Coast with an electric car, it’s essential to know where your nearest charging point is. Visit CarWow’s interactive map to search for charging points on and around the Jurassic Coast.

Car Charging Point - Paul Hudson
Recharging an electric car. © Paul Hudson via Flickr.