###Car Hire from Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth is a coastal resort town boasting seven miles of sandy beaches. With plenty of shops, restaurants, vibrant nightlife, botanical gardens and water sports, Bournemouth is a perennial favourite among British holidaymakers. The easiest way to get around and enjoy Bournemouth is by hiring a car at Bournemouth Airport.
###Where to hire a car at Bournemouth Airport
Car hire desks for Europcar, Hertz and Alamo are located in the arrivals area of the airport terminal building.
###Petrol Stations near Bournemouth Airport It is important to remember that if you have a ‘full to full’ policy with your car hire from Bournemouth Airport, you will be required to re-fuel before returning to avoid extra charges.
The nearest petrol station to Bournemouth Airport is BP Safeway and can be reached by joining the A3060 from the roundabout access to Bournemouth Airport and following the road for 5km. The petrol station is open 24 hours.
###Driving around Bournemouth Airport
As a coastal town in a relatively flat and uncrowded area, Bournemouth offers a pleasant driving experience. The A338 is the main road in the area from where Bournemouth Town, Portsmouth and Weymouth can be reached.
When leaving Bournemouth Airport by car you will be on the A338 which you can follow into Bournemouth, a 12 minute drive. ###Getting to your Destination After you have collected your car from Bournemouth Airport, here are some destinations that can easily be reached from the airport. ###New Forest National Park Dating back to 1079, the Forest is steeped in history and became a National Park in 2005 to recognise its outstanding beauty. There’s plenty to do in the New Forest including walking in the woods or across heathland, cycling, horse-riding and sightseeing.
To reach the New Forest from Bournemouth Airport, follow the A338 for 1.4 miles (4min) and take the A31 towards Hampshire, following for 17.1 miles (17m) before taking the B3079 into the New Forest National Park. Roadside parking is prohibited in many parts of the New Forest National Park in order to avoid congestion. There are 150 pay and display car parks throughout the New Forest. ###Poole Poole is a coastal resort in the east of Dorset and is known for its large natural harbour which is the 2nd largest in the world. Poole has plenty of Blue Flag beaches and exciting entertainment throughout the day and into the night.
Driving from Bournemouth Airport to Pool with take 25 minutes via the B3073 and the A350. A multi storey car park is located at The Quay which is convenient for most shops and attractions in the town, charges start from £0.80 for up to 1 hour to £8.50 for 10 hours. ###Portsmouth Portsmouth is a popular destination for tourists with a broad mix of attractions from museums and galleries through to al fresco dining in a waterfront restaurant. With a rich naval history and diverse literary heritage, there are several events and festivals throughout the year.
Bournemouth Airport to Portsmouth is a 45 minute, 48 mile drive via the M27. There are a number of parking options throughout the city centre from short stay on street parking to paid car parks offering longer stays.