You can get to Swanage from Poole by road and by sea.
Drive; take a direct bus; or combine your journey with a train.
Take the Sandbanks chain ferry across Poole Harbour, or go around by road.
Journey time: Approx 35 minutes
Take the A35 toward Dorchester. At the Bakers Arms roundabout take the first exit onto the A351, which will take you through Sandford and toward Wareham.
Via Sandbanks Ferry
Journey time: Approximately 50 minutes
Follow Parkstone Road until it meets Sandbanks Road. You will see signs for ‘Swanage via Chain Ferry‘.
Crossing time is four minutes.
Once on the other side, simply follow Ferry Road down into Studland, then take the B3351 towards Swanage. This will take you onto Ulwell road and into the centre of Swanage.
Be aware that in peak seasons there may be a short queue to board the ferry.
Journey time: 1 hour 15 min
The No. 40 Purbeck Breezer bus goes directly from Poole Bus Station to Swanage Bus Station.
Partial route by train
There is currently no direct train route from Poole to Swanage, however the South Western Railway London Waterloo – Weymouth service stops at Wareham.
From here, you can pick up the Number 40 bus the rest of the way into Swanage.
Journey time from Poole to Wareham via train: 13 minutes