Car hire from Bournemouth Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Bournemouth Airport is in international air base in the south of England. They operate routes to and from a number of different European countries including France, Switzerland and Spain.
Where to hire a car in Bournemouth Airport
Europcar and Hertz have branches at Bournemouth Airport. You’ll find the car rental offices situated near the exit of the arrivals hall.
Petrol stations close Bournemouth Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a Shell garage just outside the hire car parking lot, so there’s no need to worry about where to refuel on your way back. If this isn’t available, the next closest petrol stations are in the city of Bournemouth.
Driving around Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Airport is just north of the city of Bournemouth. This makes it easy to drive around the airport, but you may find it becomes busier as you enter the city. Main roads make it easy to drive into the centre and the A338 makes it easy to get to Poole too.
Popular destinations to drive to from Bournemouth Airport
This Victorian seaside town has a beach that’s been drawing in the crowd for years now, however the city has now become slightly more metropolitan with a variety of clubs, restaurants and pubs to keep travellers happy.
Turn right onto the B3073 when leaving the airport, and continue along this road until you reach merge onto the A338 towards Bournemouth. There are plenty of car parks both on and off street in the city centre.
The port side town of Poole is a big favourite for day-trippers from Bournemouth, but the B&Bs here are also worthy of a weekend away. It’s also a great spot to explore the rest of the coast from.
The A348 ring road makes it easy to reach Poole in less than 20 minutes. Turn left when you exit the airport onto the B3073, merge onto the A348 and follow the signs for Poole. There’s both on and off street parking available here, but naturally it’s difficult to find a spot in summer.
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight Festival has muddied travellers coming through the airport and the ferry docks every summer in the UK, but it’s a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year!
To get the ferry, you need to make your way to Lymington. The easiest way to get here is via Christchurch, then use the A337 to drive up the coast to Lymington. It’s around a 2-hour drive from the airport, not including time spent on the ferry. This journey will probably take you around 3-4 hours (from the airport to the Isle of Wight).
Weymouth is known for it’s beautiful beaches, the Purbeck Heritage Coast and it’s cute country pubs.
Depending on where you’re staying, you may be able to find on street parking. This small seaside town isn’t as big as Bournemouth, so it’s slightly easier to drive around.
Bournemouth Airport is the closest airport to Weymouth. It only takes an hour to drive down to the coast using the A31 and A35. Make your way onto the B3073 when leaving the airport, then merge onto the A31, following the signs for Weymouth.