Bournemouth International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport began life as Hurn Airport. Hurn, where the airport is situated, is a small village in the delightful area of south east Dorset five miles north of the popular coastal resort of Bournemouth itself.

The airport began life as RAF Hurn and was used as a base for fighter planes, paratroop training and gliders. It was used, as were many others, in the Normandy Landings.

The USAAF also used the airport during the Second World War.

Bournemouth International airport is ideally situated for visiting Wessex, sitting in Dorset as it does so centrally between Hampshire and Devon Leave a little time to explore Bournemouth and the surrounding area! Besides beautiful rural Dorset there is the lovely New Forest and the fantastic Jurassic Coast in easy reach.

Looking across the lawns of the Lower Gardens towards Bournemouth
Looking across the lawns of the Lower Gardens towards Bournemouth

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The airport has modernised and this was completed in 2011.

Accolades were heaped on Bournemouth International airport in the 2008 Daily Telegraph Awards when it was ranked best airport in the UK and even more amazing third best airport in the world! The one and two airports were major international ones, Singapore Changi airport and Hong Kong International airport. A real feather in the cap of this smaller airport!!

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Ryanair and Thomson Airways are the main cariers to and from Bournemouth International Airport.

Destinations include many countries in Europe and Tunisia in North Africa.

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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Taxis and Car Hire

Plenty of taxis available at the airport.

Car Hire is also available.

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Accommodation near Bournemouth International Airport

There is plenty of accommodation for short or long stay in Bournemouth and the surrounding area. Check out the top of the right hand column.

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Bournemouth Travel Interchange

A shuttle bus operates hourly to and from the aiport and the Travel Interchange between 7am and 7pm seven days a week The journey takes fifteen minutes. For those planning a stay in Bournemouth, the bus also serves East Cliff, the Pier, West Cliff and the Square. The shuttle bus does not run on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day.

The Travel Interchange is a central hub for public transport from Bournemouth to the rest of the country and making the southwest counties of Wessex very accessible.

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By Rail

Bournemouth Railway Station is at the Travel Interchange.

South West Trains

Operates services to Waterloo, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke, Poole, Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth, Gatwick Airport

Virgin Trains

Serves the Midlands and the North of England.

Southern Railway

Change at Southampton for Gatwick airport, Victoria in London and the Sussex coast.

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By Coach

National Express coaches stop at the Travel Interchange. From here the whole country is available by coach! Many are direct services.

National Express Airport coaches go to Heathrow. Connections can be made to Gatwick and other main airports.

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Local Buses

Bournemouth has a useful bus service to other parts of the city and outlying areas. Traveline is a useful source of information

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By Road

For navigation systems, Bournemouth Airport postcode is BH23 6SE

The airport is situated on the B3073 between the A338 and the A348. There is easy access to the A31, M27, M3 and the A35.

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Car Parking

Plenty of car parking is available, both short and long stay. For more information regarding parking click here.

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Further Information

Further information regarding Bournemouth International Airport can be found here

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Bournemouth Aviation Museum

A Hawker Hunter at Bournemouth Aviation Museum
A Hawker Hunter aircraft on the picnic ground at Bournemouth Aviation Museum

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While at Bournemouth Airport why not visit the Aviation Museum. A hands on aviation experience!. They can be found at Merritown Lane which is the B3073 Bournemouth airport perimeter road. Things to see include piston powered and jet aircraft and a RAF Rescue helicopter. This one is not just for the kids, grown up kids too – get in the cockpit and pretend you are the pilot!!!! Want to try the flight simulator? Go on.... seems very real!

Eventually they intend to have a Heritage Aviation Centre. For more information of this rather unique museum have a look here

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Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth beach

Photograph © Copyright M Temple 2008

The lovely golden sands at Bournemouth beach are a real favourite on a sunny day!

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Other pages that may be of interest

Getting to and around Wessex

Flights South West England

Bristol Airport

Southampton Airport

Exeter Airport

Gatwick Airport

Heathrow Airport

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Departure Building ar Bournemouth International Airport
Departure Building at Bournemouth International Airport

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Useful Information

for when you arrive


Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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Bournemouth bus in Wimbourne Road
Bournemouth bus in Wimborne Road

Bournemouth Gardens2
Bournemouth Gardens

Bournemouth Eye
Bournemouth Eye

New Forest Ponies
New Forest Ponies

Max Gate. Thomas Hardy's House in Dorchester  that his brother Henry built for him
Max Gate, Thomas Hardy's House in Dorchester that his brother Henry built for him

Weymouth Harbour
Weymouth Harbour

Durlston Bay
Durlsston Bay