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Brittany Ferries sails between Poole and Cherbourg in France (4½ hours, one daily). Summer return prices start at around £80 for foot passengers and £335 for a car and two adults.

Sandbanks Ferry makes the four-minute trip from Sandbanks to Studland every 20 minutes. It's a shortcut from Poole to Swanage, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck, but the summer queues can be a pain.


A Morebus Zone A Dayrider (adult/child £4.10/2.60) gives a day's unlimited travel in much of Poole and Bournemouth.

Bournemouth (Bus M1/M2, £2, 35 minutes, every 15 minutes)

London Victoria (National Express, £18, 3½ hours, every two hours)

Sandbanks (Bus 60, £3.60, 25 minutes, hourly)


Bournemouth (£4, 12 minutes, half-hourly)

Dorchester South (£10, 30 minutes, hourly)

London Waterloo (£30, 2¼ hours, half-hourly)

Weymouth (£12, 45 minutes, hourly)