How to Get to Wareham, Dorset

By visitwareham | Sep 20, 2020
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We've got the details of how you can reach this beautiful riverside town whether by bus, train, car, or even boat…!

By Car

Wareham is fed by the A351 from the West, the A352 from the East, and the B3075 from the North and South. Being a very popular destination the roads to Wareham can get very busy, especially during the summer, so please leave plenty of time if you are heading here. Beware especially of the stretch between the Bakers Arms and Wareham known locally as the Sandford Road.

Car Parks

There are several car parks in town, at: Bonnets Lane, Connegar Lane (off Church Lane), Howards Lane, Rempstone Centre (Church Street, behind Sainsburys), St John's Hill, Streche Road and Wareham Quay. Note there are spaces at Streche Road for coaches and lorries (up to 7.5 tonnes) for a maximum 23 hours stay.

Charges apply between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on all days of the year, including Sundays and Bank Holidays. Parking is free before 10.00 am and after 7.00 pm and a ticket must be obtained immediately.

By Bus

Wareham can be reached with More Bus or First Bus.

Breezer Bus

Breezer Bus

From Bournemouth

Take the More Bus M1 or M2 buses to Poole, then from Poole transfer to More Bus number 40 or First Bus X54.

From Swanage

Take the More Bus number 40.

From West Lulworth

Take the More Bus number 30 or First Bus X54.

From Weymouth

Take the More Bus number 30 or First Bus X54.

By Train

Wareham station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line, and is less than a mile from the town centre.

Wareham Railway Station

Wareham Railway Station

There are 69 spaces in the car park which is open 24 hours a day and costs £3.10 per day. There are usually taxis outside the station, and you can catch bus number X54 from near the station. There is cycle storage available.

Schedule and prices are available on South Western Railway website.

By Boat

There are a number of pleasure boats trips you can take from Poole to Wareham and from the town itself.


Throughout the year Greenslade offers a special return cruise to Wareham from Poole Quay. Each journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes along the Frome river, plus time ashore. As a bonus along the way, the skipper gives a commentary pointing out places of interest and wildlife!

Brownsea Island Ferries

During the warmer months (April to September) Brownsea Island Ferries offers a morning cruise to Wareham from Poole on board one of their distinctive yellow boats. The cruise lasts 1¼ hours each way, plus time ashore.

City Cruises Poole

City Cruises Poole also offer a relaxing and tranquil cruise up the River Frome from Poole Quay. Their cruises take place in the evening and run from April to the end of August. The trips last 3 hours 30 minutes including time ashore in Wareham.

Friends of Dolphin

Another Poole based boat company is the Friends of Dolphin that visits Wareham from 11 am and returning at approximately 2.30 pm. Uniquely, it provides free trips for disabled persons of all ages and disabilities.

Wareham River Cruises

For those already in Wareham just looking for a trip up and down the River Frome to take in all there is to see, then Wareham River Cruises is the main choice. Take a 40 minute trip on their 12 seater Admiralty Whaler ‘Orca'. There is a commentary onboard describing the history of the Wareham. Trips go every 45 minutes from 10 am from 1st April until the 30th of September. In high season they may run earlier and later trips.

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Written by Visit Wareham
Each turning leads to a new adventure, a secret hiding place, or an atmospheric landscape. Wareham is bang in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by a UNESCO-protected coastline. The green-topped Purbeck hills rise and fall and the path ahead is visible for miles as you climb high above the fossil flecked coastline below. A foodies' paradise. Sylish, yet unspoiled. Magical and mysterious. For locals and visitors alike, this is a place to stir the senses and calm the mind.

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