Car Hire at Bournemouth Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Known for its beaches, shopping areas, among other attractions, Bournemouth in Dorset, southern England features Bournemouth Beach and Pier, Boscombe Beach, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Coastal Activity Park, Boscombe Royal Arcade, Bournemouth Town Centre, and more. Fly in via Bournemouth Airport and drive around through the car rental companies that operate from within the airport.
Where to hire a car at Bournemouth Airport
Car rental services in Bournemouth Airport are offered by Europcar, Hertz, and National/Alamo. These reliable and internationally recognised car rental companies operate from within the airport to provide the services that fit your needs. They feature an extensive selection of premium rental cars in varying types, making sure that you will find the one that is best for your travel needs.
What to expect when hiring a car from Bournemouth Airport
Some of the petrol stations that serve the Bournemouth Airport area include Shell, Malthurst Westview, Murco Petroleum, Esso, and more. When driving from Bournemouth Airport to Bournemouth city centre, some of the roads to drive on may include A338, B3073, A338, B3066, among others. Simple driving directions to the city centre may require driving down A338 from B3073 then continuing down A338 to reach Bournemouth. When you reach B3066, drive down Poole Hill to reach Terrace Rd. Total travel time is approximated at around 13 minutes, for around seven miles from the point of origin.
The A338 spur road serves as a link to the A31 close to the Hampshire border. The A31 works together with M27 in Southampton, and from there to London via M3 and the A34 to the Midlands and the North. The A35 towards the west heads to Honiton in Devon, while the A350 works as the only northern route out of the South East Dorset Conurbation.
Driving around Bournemouth Airport
The main road that serves Bournemouth passing into the centre is the dual carriageway A338. When driving around town, be aware that congestion, particularly on the A31, mostly happens during mid-day/early afternoon, especially on a warm and sunny day. As a seaside resort town, many visitors go to this part of Dorset to enjoy the coast. The ideal time to arrive here and drive around is early in the morning or in the evening.
Getting to your destination
Travel out from Bournemouth Airport and drop by well-known destinations like Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol. When driving to these stops, we have provided brief driving directions below to help with your road trip.
Travel to Manchester for tourist attractions like the Museum of Science and Industry, Old Trafford, National Football Museum, and Manchester Museum, to name a few.
Drive to Manchester from Bournemouth Airport by starting your trip via A338 and A31 to reach M27 in Hampshire. Go down M27 and M3 to reach Winchester By-Pass/A34 in Winchester after driving down exit 9 from M3. Go down M40 from A34 then take M42, M6 Toll, and M6 to reach A5103 in Wythenshawe, and take the A5103 exit from M56. Lastly, drive further down A5103 and reach Brown St in Manchester. The total travel time is more or less four hours, for around 248 miles from point of origin. Please be advised that this route has one toll road, the M6 Toll.
Drop by Liverpool and visit Albert Dock, The Beatles Story, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and Museum of Liverpool, among others. Located within Merseyside, England, Liverpool is a port city, with its city centre designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 2004.
From Bournemouth Airport, get to Liverpool by going down A338 and A37 to M27 in Hampshire. Down M27 and M3, reach Winchester By-Pass/A34 in Winchester after taking exit 9 from M3. From A34, reach M40 in Oxfordshire and take M6 Toll and M6 to get to Bowring Park Rd/A5080 in Liverpool. Lastly, drive down A5080 and take A5047 to Tithebarn St/A5046 to get to the destination after a total of four hours and 34 minutes or 260 miles. Following this route will also get you to drive down the M6 Toll road.
Bristol is beaming with tourist spots like At-Bristol, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo, Cabot Tower, Blaise Hamlet, Bristol Harbour, and more. It is also known to be among the warmest cities in all of the United Kingdom.
Get to Bristol from Bournemouth Airport by driving down A338 from B3073. Merge to A338 and go down Horton Rd then take the Ringwood Rd and Horton Rd to A354. Take a right down A354 and drive down Common Drove and B3081 to reach Christy's Ln/A30/A350 in Shaftesbury. Next, go down A350 and A36 to reach Branch Rd in Bath and North East Somerset just to take the B3110 and Whiteway Rd to Bristol Rd/A4 then Victoria St/B4053 to the destination. Travelling from point A to point B will take an estimated two hours and 12 minutes for approximately 72.4 miles.