Your Guide on Travelling to Bournemouth 7s 2018

With over 30,000 visitors across the weekend - and that's probably only going to increase in years to come - the world's biggest sporting and music festival attracts the best in professional, amateur and social sports teams, ranging from rugby, to netball, to hockey and more. 

Despite there being only 2 weeks to go until it returns for its 11th year, perhaps some of you haven't figured out how to get to Bournemouth 7s 2018 yet! So, by looking at the biggest cities and towns from which the teams come from, we've put together a guide on how to get there. Because we can't cover the whole of the UK, we've chosen 14 of the largest cities in the south west and south east, in the hopes this covers most of the people reading this article!

With the ease of sat nav, we've excluded car directions, as I'm sure Google Maps can provide a much easier service. Our aim is to give you the quickest, cheapest train routes, starting from your city, and ending up at the festival site!


Bath

Getting from Bath to Bournemouth 7s is a pretty simple one with only one change, but you're looking at a journey time of over 2 and a half hours by train. To get there:

DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Bath Spa station, and take the journey on Platform 2 to Southampton Central station. This is about an hour and a half journey - so plenty of time for drinks, jokes and banter on the way down. 

2. Take a journey from Platform 4 at Southampton to Bournemouth station. This is just over half an hour. A return train journey will set you back around £40 at the moment. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

 Brighton

 Again, make sure you set off early to get to the festival for the afternoon, as the time on this one is over 2 and a half hours. Here you go.

DIRECTIONS

 1. Hit Brighton Station, and take the journey on Platform 2 to Southampton Central. This will take you almost 2 hours, so sit back and chill with your B7s team. 

2. Take the train from Platform 4 at Southampton to Bournemouth station. This one's just over a half hour journey, and a return ticket for this trip costs £29.30 at the time of writing. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

 Bristol

Now, for those familiar with wonderful city and county of Bristol, you'll know the two main train stations are Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads. There's also Lawrence Hill, positioned close to Temple Meads in the centre of Bristol, but a quick look at the train journeys to Bournemouth says it's not worth considering. If your nearest station is Lawrence Hill, it's worth travelling a little extra to get to Temple Meads - it'll save you around a half hour on the train, and may even save you a train change. 

Parkway and Temple Meads however are a different deal - so we'll assemble a guide for each, beginning with Parkway. 

BRISTOL PARKWAY DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Bristol Parkway station and aim to get the train from Platform 2 to Bristol Temple Meads. This will be difficult - there are many trains from Platform 3 to Reading which then go onto Bournemouth, but a return ticket is an extra £40 at the moment if you take that route. It takes a little longer, but if you go through Temple Meads you'll end up saving money. Parkway to Temple Meads is only a 10 minute journey. 

2. Take the train from Platform 9 at Temple Meads to Southampton Central. This takes about an hour and 40 minutes, so chillax. 

3. Southampton Central Platform 4 to Bournemouth is a straight line. Takes just over half an hour. 

4. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Bristol Temple Meads station and aim to get a train from Platform 11 to Southampton Central. Or, if you miss that, Platform 9 also goes to Southampton Central, takes the same amount of time, and costs the same too. Avoid the train from Platform 15 - again, that goes through Reading, which looks more expensive. Temple Meads to Southampton Central takes around an hour and 40 minutes.

2. Southampton Central Platform 4 to Bournemouth is a straight line. Takes just over half an hour. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

 Cardiff

 Cardiff is also a great city with a number of stations to choose from. The three largest are Central, Bay and Queen Street, but all the journeys from the latter two pass through Central, so we'll focus on getting there from Central, and this one could take up to 4 hours...

DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Cardiff Central Station and get to Platform 3A for the train to Bristol Temple Meads. Trains from Platform 4 also take the same route. Avoid some of the journeys from Platform 2 - despite knocking half an hour off your journey, they're almost double the price at the moment, and travel through Reading. Cardiff to Temple Meads is an about an hour's journey.

2. Platform 9 from Temple Meads goes to Southampton Central. This takes about an hour and 40 minutes.

3. Southampton Central Platform 4 to Bournemouth is a straight line. Takes just over half an hour. 

4. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Exeter

The easiest way to travel to Bournemouth from Exeter is either via Exeter St. David's or Exeter Central. These two are in close proximity to each other, so you can choose either. They're both cheapest at around £60 return; they both take around 3 and a half hours; and they both have 2 train changes. 

Here we go, starting with Exeter Central. 

EXETER CENTRAL DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Exeter Central Station, and take the train from Platform 3 to Salisbury. Avoid Platform 2 - almost double the price. This'll take around 1 and three quarter hours.

2. Platform 2 at Salisbury goes to Southampton Central. This takes around half an hour.

3. Southampton Central Platform 4 direct to Bournemouth. Just over half an hour. 

4. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

EXETER ST. DAVID'S DIRECTIONS

1. Hit St. David's Station, get on Platform 1 to Salisbury. Avoid Platform 5 - again, it's more expensive. 

2. Salisbury Platform 2 to Southampton Central. This takes around half an hour. 

3. Southampton Central Platform 4 direct to Bournemouth. Just over half an hour. 

4. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Gloucester

 Getting from Gloucester to Bournemouth 7s is pretty simple - it's just a long one! You only have to change once, but it's a 3 and a half hour journey to Bournemouth. Here it is. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Generally, you want the Platform 1 train from Gloucester to Southampton Central. The cheapest fare is currently from Platform 1, at £55.30. The other trains from Platform 2, going through Reading, and Platform 4, going through Bristol seem to be more expensive, and the latter seems to be a much longer journey. 

2. Southampton Central Platform 4 direct to Bournemouth. Just over half an hour. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Plymouth

This is the longest journey we've seen so far, clocking in at over 4 hours. Good luck to all you Plymothians!

DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Plymouth Station, and you want Platform 7 to Castle Cary. There is also a Platform 7 train to Reading, but this is over double the price and takes an hour and a half longer. The next best thing is a Platform 6 train that goes to Westbury - I recommend you go on National Rail to check this out, as the prices, times and platforms vary wildly. The train to Castle Cary takes just under 2 hours.

2. From Castle Cary, hit Platform 2 and get the train to Dorchester West. This journey takes around 45 minutes.

3. Dorchester West, walk to Dorchester SouthIt's only an 8 minute walk - think of it as a warm-up for the sports tournaments!

4. From Dorchester South, get a Platform 1 train to Bournemouth. This is about a 40-minute journey.

5. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Portsmouth

Thankfully, you can get across the south coast from Portsmouth in less than 2 hours. Here's how. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Hit Portsmouth Harbour station and get a train from Platform 1 to Southampton Central. You could go to Southsea, but there's way more frequent trains going from Harbour to Bournemouth. 

2. Southampton Central Platform 4 direct to Bournemouth. Just over half an hour. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

 Reading

 Finally, a direct train! You can get a return to Bournemouth for £20.70 at the moment, and your journey time is under 2 hours.

DIRECTIONS

1. Get to Reading Station and to Platform 7 or 8. There are direct trains to Bournemouth running from both platforms - just make sure you're on the right one, as some will have you changing at Basingstoke. In either case, it'll take around an hour and a half. 

2. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

 Salisbury

Another very simple journey, with frequent trains running to Southampton - and it'll be £29.30 for a return.

DIRECTIONS

1. Get to Salisbury Station and onto Platform 6 or 2 for the train to Southampton Central. Both platforms run simple services to Bournemouth, with Platform 6 being slightly quicker, but only by 10 minutes.  

2. Southampton Central Platform 4 direct to Bournemouth. Just over half an hour. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Southampton

Probably the easiest journey in the guide, and you can get a return ticket for as little as £8. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Southampton Central Platform 4 direct to Bournemouth. Just over half an hour. 

2. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Swindon

This is slightly more complex, and it doesn't look like you'll get a return ticket for less than £55.30. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Get to Swindon (Wilts) Station and travel from Platform 3 to Reading. This takes around half an hour. 

2. Platform 8 at Reading takes you direct to Bournemouth station. This takes around an hour and 20 minutes. 

3. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Wells

 Getting to Bournemouth from Wells isn't too much of a stretch - a couple of changes, but a cheap fare and a sub-2 hours journey time makes up for it. The main station in Wells is Castle Cary. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Get to Castle Cary station and onto Platform 2 to Dorchester West. Platform 2 looks like the cheapest and quickest journeys to Bournemouth. 

2. Walk from Dorchester West to Dorchester South - it's only 8 minutes. 

3. Dorchester South Platform 1 goes direct to Bournemouth. This takes around 40 minutes.

4. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

Winchester

We're signing off with a nice direct service, and a cheap fare. Winchester to Bournemouth is a direct line.

DIRECTIONS

1. Get to Winchester Station and to Platform 2 and head straight to Bournemouth. Looks like there's services running 2 or 3 times an hour to Bournemouth. Easy enough! The cheapest return fare is £8.00, but it could be up to £20 depending on the time of travel. 

2. Two options to get from Bournemouth station to Bournemouth 7s Festival. The first and easiest way, if you're travelling on Saturday or Sunday, is to use the amazing Big Green Coach service which is running frequent shuttle bus services from the Bournemouth Interchange, positioned just outside Bournemouth Station, to the festival site. It's only £8 if you book in advance, using the link above!

The other option, for Friday travellers is to use the usual bus services to get to the festival site. I have done this personally before, and it's not too bad. Just outside of Bournemouth station you'll find bus stops, and you want the B1 service travelling from Stand 2, and ask for the Chapel Gate stop. This will take around half an hour, as it goes through the town first. Remember to get off at Chapel Gate, or you'll do as I did and go halfway around the airfield, which is adjacent, and have to walk back!

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