The ten mile journey from Wareham to Swanage can be taken by car or bus.

The South Western Railway London Waterloo – Weymouth line stops at Wareham, making Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck easily accessible from a range of destinations.

By Car

For your SatNav: BH19 1AN (This will take you to Main Beach car park in Victoria Avenue)

Journey time: around 20 minutes

Through Wareham town

If you’re coming from, or stopping at, the pretty Saxon walled town en route to Swanage, simply continue along the B3075 through Wareham and across the causeway through to Stoborough.

Take the first exit onto the A351 at the Stoborough/Furzebrook roundabout. Follow the A351 through the villages of Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross, and continue on until you get to High Street in Swanage, which leads on to Victoria Avenue.

The car park will be on your right, just after the signs for Swanage Golf Games.

Bypassing Wareham town

Simply follow the A351 bypass, taking the second exit at the Furzebrook roundabout to continue on the A351 towards Corfe Castle and Swanage.

By Bus

No. 40 Purbeck Breezer MoreBus

Journey time: Around 40 minutes.

The No. 40 Poole – Swanage bus stops at various points in Wareham (the train station as well as several points in town). There are also stops along the way in Stoborough, Corfe Castle, Kingston and Langton Matravers.

This direct bus route stops in the heart of Swanage town at the bus station.

Open-top bus at Swanage Railway station

You can view the bus timetable on the morebus website:

By steam train

Norden – Swanage Railway heritage line 

Journey time: Around 20 minutes (variable)

Drive, catch a bus or grab a taxi from Wareham station to Norden, where you can pick up the Swanage Railway heritage line.

The six-mile journey is a unique experience and a great way to explore Purbeck, with stops at Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Herston along the way.

Steam train going past Corfe Castle

Check the Swanage Railway timetable: