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Visit Studland Bay car-free

Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

It’s a real adventure to visit Studland Bay in Purbeck car-free. There are multiple options:

From Poole: Take the bus to Sandbanks Ferry from Poole bus station (35 mins). Change for the scenic Purbeck Breezer bus. It crosses the sea with the Sandbanks Ferry, then continues to each of the beaches.

From Bournemouth: Take the scenic Purbeck Breezer bus route from Bournemouth train station (45 mins). It crosses the sea with the Sandbanks Ferry, then continues to each of the beaches.

From Swanage: Take the scenic Purbeck Breezer bus route from Swanage train station (10 mins).

From Corfe Caste: Take a Swanage Railway heritage train to Swanage (20 mins) and then hop straight on the scenic Purbeck Breezer bus (10-20 mins). You can also get to Swanage by bus from Wareham train station (40 mins).

Check out our recommended route (below) and then use our journey planner (above) for door-to-door train, bus and walking routes.

For money-saving tips see our handy guides to trains and buses or travel in Pubeck or Bournemouth.

A Bournemouth and Poole PlusBus train ticket gives you unlimited bus travel as far as the Sandbanks Ferry terminal.

Find the best train or bus tickets (Sandbanks is in bus Zone A. Studland Bay is in Zone C). Or look into a combined offer.

Scenic open-top bus route the Pubeck Breezer (bus 50) runs from Bournemouth to Swanage and across the Sandbanks Ferry to Studland Bay.

The Harbour Breezer (bus 60) runs from Poole to Sandbanks Ferry. Another Purbeck Breezer (bus 40) takes a long route to Swanage via Wareham and Corfe Castle.

Picturesque heritage trains run between Swanage and Corfe Castle.

Cycle route National Route 2 goes through the Studland Bay area, between Bournemouth and Wareham.

There are Beryl bikes that can be hired from bays across Bournemouth, Poole or Studland interchangeably and can be taken across the Sandbanks – Studland ferry. Beryl marked bays can be found at the four Studland National Trust car parks (Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach, South Beach).

You can take a bike on the Sandbanks Ferry, but you need to hold it. Once at the Studland side, travel a couple of minutes further up Ferry Road for a Beryl Bike bay, toilets and a water refill machine. From here carry on Ferry Road for another 800m to a track called Northern Boundary on your left.  This track will take you through to the naturist beach.  A further 2.5km along Ferry road, mostly flat with gradual inclines and a steep 30m at the end, you will reach Knoll Beach where there is a Beryl Bike parking bay, water refill station, toilets, shop, café and watersports offer.

There are cycle racks available at each of the four car parks if you are bringing your own bike. Plan your cycle route here.

National Trail footpath the Southwest Coast Path, plus Bournemouth Coast Path and Round Dorset Walk go along Studland Bay. The Purbeck Way starts just to the South.

Taxis usually wait at Bournemouth and Poole train stations, but book ahead with: United – 01202 556 677, PRC Streamline – 01202 373 737 or Ariel – 01202 747 333. From Wareham book with King – 01929 554 223 or Excel – 01929 448 066. There are also taxis in Swanage.

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About Studland Bay

A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.

Studland Bay is ideal for water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles.

Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands allow for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers.

For any queries about visiting contact Studland Bay on 01929450500 or studlandbay@nationaltrust.org.uk

Address: Studland, near Swanage, Dorset. Visit Website