Wednesday, 25 June 2014

50: Bournemouth - Swanage

The 50 is on a sunny day one of the prettiest bus journeys in the world. It links the south coast's biggest resort with one of Dorset's most beautiful seaside villages, plus it goes on a ferry! Oh and it's run with open top buses! The 50 runs every 30 mins during the school holidays and at weekends over the summer, reducing to roughly hourly over the winter. It's operated by Go Ahead's More under the Purbeck Breezer sub-brand. See a detailed route map of the 50 hereClick here to discover more bus routes in the stunning South West.

Places served

The 50 starts from stand A at Bournemouth Interchange, right outside the town's railway station. Here the station is on the left and stand A is on the right in the distance:

There's a large Asda supermarket right next to the Interchange, good for a sandwich before you set off!

In the town centre itself, the 50 takes the following route:

Buses towards Swanage use stops U and E. Here's stop U on Gervis Place at The Square:

...and here's stop E on Priory Road outside the Beacon Hotel:

Here are some links of things to see and do in Bournemouth:

Buses towards Swanage use stop 3 on Seamoor Road, opposite M&S Simply Food, near the County Gates:

Buses towards Bournemouth stop outside L&R Shoe Repairs on Poole Road:

Westbourne is worth a look around, if you have the time:

Buses towards Swanage stop outside Barclays Bank on Haven Road:

Buses towards Bournemouth stop on Western Road near the Mazda dealership:

Buses towards Swanage stop here, right before the chain ferry crossing:

Buses towards Bournemouth stop opposite at the bus shelter:

In Studland village after the beaches, buses in both directions stop on Swanage Road. Buses to Swanage on the right, buses to Bournemouth on the left:

There's a useful page of information about Studland and Purbeck here.

The 50 starts from Swanage Bus Station, which is actually just this bus stop outside the heritage railway station:

It then runs along Shore Road, with buses to Bournemouth stopping just over the road from the beach. Here are some links of things to see and do in Swanage:


See the full timetable on More's website here.

Here are your links for live scheduled departure times from major stops towards Swanage:

...and back towards Bournemouth


Some single and return fares are listed here. Here are some fares from Bournemouth:

  • Westbourne: £1.60 single, £2.20 return
  • Sandbanks: £3.40 single, £4.10 return
  • Swanage: £6.30 single, £8.10 return

The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 50 is the Zone ABC Dayrider at £8.50, which is valid on the entire networks of More, Salisbury Reds, Bluestar and Damory.

If you're only travelling between Bournemouth and Sandbanks, then a Zone A Dayrider at £4.10 is for you. It's valid on More buses throughout Bournemouth and Poole. See the exact Dayrider zones here.

There is a multi-operator ticket available for Bournemouth and Poole, called Getting About. It's valid on the 50 between Bournemouth and Sandbanks and costs £5.80. It's also valid on all More, Yellow Buses, First, Gardbus, Damory, Dolphin and Shaftesbury & District services within the boroughs of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

If you're arriving in Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch by train, then you can use a Bournemouth Plusbus ticket to travel on the 50 as far as Sandbanks. It has the same validity as a Getting About ticket, but will cost you less. The only drawback is that it can only be bought with a valid rail ticket to or from Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch or Branksome.


The 50 starts from Bournemouth railway station, with direct trains to Weymouth, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke, London Waterloo, Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and beyond.

You can see More's network map here.

From the town centre of Bournemouth, you can connect with the following major routes:

In Westbourne, connect with the frequent More M1/M2 service to Poole.

Change at Canford Cliffs for More 60, also to Poole.

In Swanage, you can connect with More 40 to Wareham and Poole.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

1 comment:

  1. Can you use your concessionary travel pass on 50 from bournmouth to swanage