Bus Trips from Swanage

May 18th, 2023

Ulwell holiday park is the ideal holiday destination from which to explore local towns and attractions without the added hassle of driving. From our caravan and camping site in Swanage, there is easy access to a selection of well-serviced bus routes to must-visit destinations along the Jurassic Coast.  We believe that bus trips are a fantastic option for those who are staying in motorhomes and would like to explore Swanage and the wider Dorset area without a car. Below we have listed some of the best bus trips from Swanage to enjoy during your next trip to Ulwell.


Bus Trips from Ulwell Holiday Park


Bus Trips from Swanage to Bournemouth –  Breezer 50 Bus

If you’d like to visit Bournemouth whilst staying at Ulwell Holiday Park, the Breezer 50 Bus runs year-round bus trips from Swanage town centre. Along the way, you’ll pass through Studland, Shell Bay, Sandbanks and West Bay. This bus trip is extremely unique because the route includes a trip on the chain ferry across the entrance of Poole Harbour, where you can enjoy excellent sea views.  Similarly, the Breezer 50 Bus provides guests with an open-roof bus trip experience, meaning that you can sit back and relax whilst you soak in the beautiful sun during the summer months.

Breezer 50 Bus Stops:

Studland –  Studland is a beautiful coastal village which is best known for its naturally stunning nature reserves and rugged coastline. We highly recommend going for a walk along Old Harry Rocks or exploring Studland’s village itself, where you will find quintessentially English thatched cottages and the historic Village Stores.

Shell Bay – The Breezer 50 Bus is a fantastic bus trip to embark on if you’d like to explore local beaches without a car. Shell Bay is a picturesque beach on the Studland Peninsula, which is a fantastic area for those wishing to enjoy a day of swimming and sunbathing – we personally recommend visiting Shell Bay for a beautifully scenic picnic. Shell Bay is surrounded by multiple nature reserves, which offer a range of excellent opportunities for both walkers and nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Dorset countryside.

Sandbanks – Sandbanks is a unique area situated on the Dorset coastline, which is well known for its affluent properties, stunning white beaches and its vast stretch of sand dunes. If you’re looking to explore Sandbanks without a car, we suggest taking a stroll through the luxurious neighbourhood and taking in the vast range of modern and traditional million-pound properties built in this highly exclusive town.

Bournemouth – Bournemouth is the closest city to us here in Swanage and an excellent place to explore via a bus trip from Swanage. Best known for it’s famous seven-mile beach, Bournemouth is a hugely popular seaside resort city which offers a wide range of seaside and city attractions. In Bournemouth you can spend the day wondering along the pier, visiting the amusement arcades or doing a spot of shopping – this is all before treating yourself to a well-deserved ice cream on the beach of course!


panoramic seaside shot of Bournemouth beach

Bus Trips from Swanage to Poole –  Breezer 40 Bus

The Breezer 40 Bus offers a fantastic day trip from Swanage. The route finishes in nearby Poole, but there are other attractions along the way, including Wareham, Corfe Castle and Arne.

Breezer 40 Bus Stops:

Arne – Arne is large nature reserve, which stretches out for more than 1300 acres! Located on the outskirts of Wareham near Poole Harbour, this nature reserve is home to a rich and varied wildlife, including the entirety of the UK’s native reptiles, as protected by the RSPB. Arne is a fantastic site to visit for wildlife enthusiasts, families or avid cyclists. It offers many unique trails, all of which provide a unique perspective of this area of natural beauty.

Corfe Castle – As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dorset, Corfe Castle can get extremely busy in the peak of summer and it can be hard to find an available parking space – and so, we believe that a bus trip is the perfect way to visit Corfe Castle without a car. From the Corfe Castle bus stop, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the charming village which is filled with traditional English cottages, independent food and gift shops as well as tearooms and pubs. From the village you can gain access to the castle itself, allowing you to walk up the Corfe Castle’s hilly summit, which offers incredible panoramic views over the local countryside and area.

Wareham –  Wareham is a fantastic town to visit if you’re looking to gain an authentic experience of Dorset whilst on holiday. Wareham is a historic market town located where the two rivers Piddle and Frome meet. If you’d like to explore the river whilst visiting Wareham, we recommend heading over to Wareham Quay. Wareham Quay is a hub of Dorset culture filled with restaurants, pubs and independent shops. From the quay, you can embark on a boat trip which will take you on a beautiful river cruise. Alternatively if you’d like to be a bit more hands on in the water,  you can also hire kayaks, canoe or rowing boats from Wareham Boat Hire.

PoolePoole is a charming harbour town with many things to see. There is a fantastic shopping centre to explore with multiple big high street names. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can embark on a boat trip adventure to Brownsea Island from the Quayside. Alternatively, if you’re looking to enjoy a fun activity whilst visiting Poole, there is a fantastic crazy golf course a short walk away from the bus station if you feel like challenging your inner Tiger Woods.


boat at poole harbour


Bus Trips from Swanage to Weymouth – Breezer 30/31 Bus

The 30/31 Breezer Bus bus trip from Swanage to Weymouth is an unmissable bus trip for those staying at Ulwell Holiday Park. This open-top bus will effortlessly take you to some of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks without the stress of finding a car parking space during the summer months! These iconic landmarks include Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove and even the world-famous Durdle Door. The 30/31 Breezer Bus finishes in Weymouth – a traditional seaside town.

Breezer 30/31 Bus Stops:

Corfe CastleCorfe Castle is a fantastical fairy-tale style castle perched on a hill high above the surrounding village. The castle ruins date back to the 11th century and are a must-see attraction for all those on holiday in Dorset. From the bus stop, you can explore the local town and even stop for a spot of lunch at The Fox Inn. Once you have had your fill of Corfe Castle’s beautiful offerings, we highly recommend taking the steam train back to Swanage via the Swanage Railway if you’re a fan of heritage locomotives. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even walk back to Ulwell via the Purbeck Ridgeline.

Wareham – Wareham is a historic town in Dorset which can be traced back to the 9th century. If you’re interested in exploring the historic intrigue of this town, we highly recommend taking a walk along Wareham’s Saxon town walls. In modern times, flowers grow on these beautiful grassy walls and attract multiple native butterflies – making it the perfect spot for a holiday selfie. In Wareham’s town centre, you will find a wide variety of art galleries, independent shops and charming tearooms where you can rest and recharge after a day of shopping and exploring this beautiful town.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – A bus trip from Swanage to Lulworth Cove is the perfect way to beat the inevitable carpark traffic. Once disembarking from the bus, we recommend walking along the coastal path, which offers beautiful views over the geological wonder and world-famous attraction of Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is just a short walk from Lulworth Cove, which is another world famous and iconic landmark of the Jurassic Coast. If you are looking to take in the beauty of this natural limestone arch, you can admire it from the cliff top or walk down to the beach via a set of steep steps. If you take any photos whilst enjoying any of these bus trips, please feel free to share them with us on our Ulwell Holiday Park facebook page.

WeymouthWeymouth is a vibrant seaside town well known for its clean sandy beach, historic harbour and bustling atmosphere. This coastal town offers a wide range of seaside activities to enjoy such as donkey rides, boat trips, arcade games, swimming, sunbathing – or instead you can enjoy a few hours of shopping in the town centre, which is easily accessible from the beach. If you feel like treating yourself to a tasty treat, both Weymouth promenade and town centre offer a wide range of eateries, including fish and chip shops, cafes, takeaways and traditional sweet shops.


beaches at Weymouth harbour


Most of these bus trips are accessible via the bus stop on Ulwell Road, which is just a three-minute walk away from the Ulwell Holiday Park reception. For some routes, you may need to change bus upon reaching Swanage town centre. 

To discover more bus routes from Swanage check out the Breezer Bus website. Please note there is a reduced service during the winter months and schedules are subject to change.  

Ulwell Holiday Park

If you’re looking for a fantastic holiday park in the heart of Swanage, Ulwell Holiday Park is the perfect choice. We have a range of accommodation options, including camping and touring pitches and caravan holiday homes for hire – all are bookable online. We have a range of facilities on-site to ensure you have a comfortable stay. These include a modern amenities block, indoor swimming pool, children’s play area, on-site bar and restaurant and well-stocked shop.

Please contact our friendly reception team with any questions you may have.


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What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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