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So many ways to get here

Travelling to The New Forest

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


National Express coaches stop at Lyndhurst, Lymington and Ringwood and other stops in The New Forest.
Tel: 0870 580 8080 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
Yellow Buses - Bournemouth 01202 636060

Beach Bus

Find out how to travel around the New Forest. Whether you want to hire a bike and explore on two wheels or hop on board the New Forest Tour. There are a variety of ways to travel around the New Forest without using your car.



Over 100 trains stop at Brockenurst 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, Oxfod, Birmingham and all points further north. The trains withinthe National Park are Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst and Sway. The other train statiopns in the New Forest are Hinton Admiral, Lymington, New Milton and Totton.

National rail enquiries: Tel: 0845 748 4950

family arriving by train


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.


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