Getting to the city of Bournemouth by bus is simple from most major cities within the UK, with several big name coach and bus operators providing regular services. Several direct journeys depart from London Victoria Coach Station each day, with the trip duration taking between 2 and 2.5 hours. These routes are provided by National Express. The main coach station in Bournemouth is located directly opposite the railway station and is surrounded by bus stops, for easy access to any part of the city. It should take less than 20 minutes to get to the most popular areas of Bournemouth, including the city centre and the beaches, via bus from the coach station. There are also other local coach stations located just outside of Bournemouth, in areas such as Poole and Ringwood.
Bournemouth has long been a popular tourist destination in the UK thanks to the wide array of things to see and do. The beaches are one of the biggest selling points of this city, with many people attempting the 'pier to pier walk' in order to experience the beauty of the coast. Bournemouth beach is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops. The Lower, Central and Upper Gardens are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the many events which take place here. For indoor activities take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which is a popular attraction for millions of visitors each year. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and Pavilion Theatre both provide a wide range of live entertainment; from musicians and bands to ice skating and plays. The city comes alive in the evening with plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to visit.