South Western Railway also runs a Summer Saturday Special service (May – Sept) from North Dorset (Sherborne and Gillingham), Wiltshire (Salisbury), Somerset (Yeovil and Templecombe) and West Dorset (Dorchester and Weymouth). This train stops at Corfe Castle, where you can catch a connecting steam train to Swanage on the Swanage Railway.
You can also park at Norden or Corfe Castle and catch the heritage steam train to Swanage.
Park right by the shore for an easy stroll along the prom or for a quick swim.
There’s plenty of parking along the length of Shore Road, although it’s worth noting that it is partially pedestrianised in the summer.
You can park on Shore Road from £4.30 for an hour. Charges apply 24 hours a day, however from 6pm (till 8am) there is a single charge of £4.
JustPark location no: 7683
The section closest to town (from The Mowlem up to Banjo Pier/the junction with Victoria Avenue) is closed to cars during the peak summer season (May – September inclusive) for the benefit of pedestrians using the ice cream shops, entertainment facilities and beach huts here.
It also allows event-organisers to utilise this prime position in Swanage – from special summer markets to festival events, such as Swanage Carnival’s street art competition and wheelbarrow race.
Located at the northern end of town, North Beach Car Park is handy for the middle and northern end of Swanage beach, walking in the Purbeck Hills and visiting the hotels or pubs at this end of town for a meal.
It’s a bit further away from the town’s main shopping area and entertainment, but there’s a waterfront bar and public toilets, as well as kayak-hire with Ocean Bay on the strand in the warmer months.
This large long-stay car park is convenient for various pubs and restaurants including la Trattoria and The Ship Inn, as well as for exploring Swanage Pier or a quick scamper on the town’s year-round dog-friendly beach.
It’s also the nearest car park to the town’s amphitheatre located in Prince Albert Gardens, which holds performances and plays host to various festivals throughout the year.
You’ll find Broad Road car park by following High Street to the southern end of town.
Turn right up the hill by Gee Whites and East Bar onto Seymer Road and the car park at Broad Road will be on your left.
Hourly – Park from £1.50 for an hour to just over £6 for four hours, or up to £7.20 for six hours. If you’re arriving in the evening it’s just £1 from 6pm for the duration of your parking (until 8am the following day)
Daily – A daily car parking ticket (£8) is also available and can also be used at Main Beach Car Park
Three/seven-day tickets – You can pay for a three-day or weekly car parking ticket at Broad Road, which is handy if you’re staying at one of the local B&Bs that may not have dedicated parking, or if you’re staying in a neighbouring Purbeck village, but want the ease of being able to come and go to Swanage as you please. This pay-by-phone only parking ticket is valid in all long-stay Swanage car parks.
Wareham Station is on the South Western Railway London Waterloo to Weymouth line and is the closest mainline station to Swanage.
Less than a mile from Wareham town centre (Swanage nearest town), it’s well connected to Purbeck and other parts of Dorset.
Not only is it a great way for visitors to access the Isle of Purbeck, Wareham Station is a key way for residents to commute to and visit the conurbation of Poole & Bournemouth to the east, and Dorchester and Weymouth to the west.
Trains typically run twice an hour each way – from Weymouth to London Waterloo, and from Waterloo to Weymouth.
Journey time from London Waterloo to Wareham: 2 hours, 13 mins – 2h 22m (check National Rail Enquiries or the South Western Railway website to book tickets and for live updates and possible changes/disruptions to services: www.southwesternrailway.com)
Onward travel to Corfe Castle & Swanage
The MoreBus Number 40 stops at Wareham Station, so you can pick up the bus right from the train on toward Corfe Castle and Swanage.
This is an hourly bus service (check with the bus company for timetables so you can coordinate your arrival on the train with the bus departure time: www.morebus.co.uk)
Journey time from Wareham to Swanage via bus: Around 40 minutes
Various local taxi companies also work out of Wareham Station, enabling you to get to your destination with ease.
There may be taxis already waiting at the taxi rank for you to pick up but it’s always worth phoning ahead to book to ensure your journey goes smoothly.
Journey time from Wareham to Swanage via car/taxi: Around 25 minutes
You can buy your tickets in advance online or visit the ticket office at Wareham Station, which is located at ground level and accessible both from the car parking area or from platform 2.
There are ticket machines on platform 2 to either purchase tickets or collect pre-bought tickets. You’ll need your booking reference number and the card used to pay for the tickets.
Ticket office opening hours
Monday – Friday – 6.10am – 6.30pm
Saturday – 7.15am – 1.50pm
Sunday – 10am – 2pm
Buy tickets online via websites such as National Rail and Trainline, or directly through South Western Railway. All have the option to add railcards, such as the Family & Friends railcard, the 16-17 saver, 16-25, 26-30, senior, veterans and disabled railcards, which all typically give you 1/3 off your ticket price. Find out more information on the National Rail website: www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/National-Railcards.aspx
You’ll find public toilets and an enclosed waiting room on platform 2.
There is no refreshments kiosk at Wareham Station but there are various small shops, cafés and supermarkets in Wareham itself.
Wifi is available, and there are public telephones.
Bike racks are available at the station. There is also a handy bicycle repair, sales and advice shop – Cycleworks – right next door to Wareham ticket office.
Parking at the station
There’s a good-sized car park (69 spaces) on the Platform 2 side of the station.
You can purchase a car parking ticket in the station ticket office, from a machine outside, or via the RingGo parking app (location number 77556). Alternatively call to pay to park on 01256 802804.
Purchase either a day, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual ticket.
Weekday day ticket: £3.10/day
Weekend day ticket: £2/ day
Weekly ticket: £14.10
The guard on the train is available to offer assistance to board and alight the train. Assistance can be booked in advance but is not necessary – simply make yourself known to the guard and they will gladly help you out.
There is a ramp available for wheelchair access to the train.
Ticket machines and toilets at the station are accessible.
To access the opposite platform there is a stepped footbridge, however there is also level access via a controlled pedestrian level crossing. The foot and cycle crossing is manned and has locking automatic gates.
Location & contact details
Wareham Station is easy to find and is located just off the main A351 from Poole to Swanage, and equally accessible from the Bere Road direction.
📍 Wareham Station postcode: Northport, BH20 4AS
📞 Customer services phone number: 0800 5282100
You might be interested in…Wareham Station’s history
Wareham Train Station was once part of the branch line to Swanage, which closed in 1972.
After much campaigning, local residents and historic railway enthusiasts managed to get the line partially rebuilt and restored. The Swanage Railway now runs as a popular heritage line and is one of Swanage and Purbeck’s main attractions, running steam and diesel locomotives throughout the year, along with various events and festivals.
A limited number of special services run on the Swanage Railway line all the way to Wareham for special events. It is hoped that this will become a more regular and permanent feature of the railway in future.
Swanage Railway Station is one of the town’s most-loved landmarks. Located close to the town centre and beach, it’s the start of a memorable journey through the picturesque landscape of the Isle of Purbeck.
Your holiday starts here if you arrive via the Sandbanks Ferry, with that holiday feeling kicking in once your car rolls onto the chain ferry and you step out to admire the stunning views as you cross Poole Harbour.