Travelling to The New Forest


Public Transport


There are many ways to travel car-free to the New Forest:




Over 100 trains stop at Brockenhurst Station each day, providing easy access to the heart of The New Forest.
South West Trains link Brockenhurst with London Waterloo, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. Cross country services connect Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and all points further north.
The train stations within the National Park are Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst and Sway. The other train stations in the New Forest are Hinton Admiral, Lymington, New Milton and Totton.
National rail enquiries
Tel: 08457 484950


On weekends between 15 March and 4 May 2014, including the four day Easter weekend, work will be taking place on a £20 million scheme to improve the reliability of the railway in the Southampton area. As a result, there will be changes to rail services to and from Southampton with rail replacement bus services operating on many routes through Southampton. Passengers are strongly advised to use the online journey planner before travelling at and allow extra time for their journeys.




National Express coaches stop at Lyndhurst, Lymington and Ringwood and other stops in The New Forest.
Tel: 08705 808080 between 08:00 and 20:00
or use the Travel Helpline: 0871 200 2233 




The New Forest is served by a public bus network, which provides the opportunity to both travel to and around the area by bus.


Bluestar - Southampton 023 8061 8233
Wilts & Dorset - Salisbury 01722 336855, Poole 01202 673555
Transdev Yellow Buses - Bournemouth 01202 636060




Wightlink ferries connect The New Forest with the Isle of Wight between Lymington and Yarmouth and Red Funnel goes from Southampton to Cowes. Hythe ferry links the vibrant community of Hythe with Southampton's train, bus and coach networks, shopping centres and nightlife.


Red Funnel - Southampton to Cowes, Isle of Wight - 0844 844 9988
Wightlink - Lymington to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight - 0871 376 1000
White Horse Ferries - Hythe to Southampton - 023 8084 0722




The New Forest lies to the west of Southampton Water in south-west Hampshire. If you are travelling from Southampton, London or the east, exit the M27 at Junction 1, signed Cadnam and head southwards into The New Forest.


If you are travelling from the west, you can use the A31 from Dorset. From the north, take either the A338 from Salisbury to Ringwood in the west of the Forest, or the A36 to Totton in the east.


If you do bring your car why not try and leave it in the car park and get around by a more energetic method or hop on one of the many eco-friendly transport options.