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Bournemouth's original backpacker hostel for foreign visitors, cyclists, ramblers & groups.

Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel, 3 Frances Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3RY, ENGLAND.
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☺ Autumn Bargains! ☺
Almost certainly the cheapest short term accommodation in Bournemouth and Poole.
Daily rates from only GBP 14.
7 nights in a dormitory from Sunday only GBP 75 - saving GBP 31.00!! on daily rates
Get a second consecutive week for only GBP 69 and save even more.
7 nights in a twin room from Sunday including 2 people with shared bathroom only GBP 169
- saving GBP 70 on daily rates.

For information about hostel activities & what's on in Bournemouth, have a look at our Facebook page.

In & Around Bournemouth

Bournemouth & Poole Backpackers Hostel in the U.K.

Welcome to Bournemouth, and its neighbour Poole, on the sunny(ish) south coast of England, one of the UK's leading seaside resorts. We have miles of clean, sandy beaches (which meet the European Union's "Blue Flag" standards) with two piers and one of the world's largest natural harbours - offering a wide variety of watersports.

Bournemouth has several retail centres, top English language schools, a well established university, renowned nightlife and a host of local activities.

We have year-round casual work - well suited to international working holiday makers. Work opportunties and our cheap Low Season rates make the hostel a good winter base to save up some well-needed travel money for the summer.

Bournemouth is a great base for exploring the beautiful Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire scenery. Cheap bus passes allow unlimited travel over a wide area - giving easy access to many local attractions. Backpacker day trips can be booked with Discover Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and is now World Heritage Listed (along with The Grand Canyon in the USA and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia). The long distance South West Coastal Path, which begins on the other side of Poole Harbour, provides outstanding views.

Also on the other side of the Harbour lies Purbeck: a beautiful and easily accessible area, with the pretty resort of Swanage, ancient pubs and the ruins of the medieval Corfe Castle. To the east of Bournemouth lies the New Forest with its famous ponies.

The area is rich in history and legends:
Thomas Hardy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Tolpuddle Martyrs, Dorset smugglers, Badbury Rings, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, etc. etc.

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Getting to Bournemouth


Bournemouth has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and mainland Europe and is becoming a useful gateway to the UK for budget travellers.

By Air

Bournemouth International Airport is served by several budget airlines including: RyanAir, EasyJet and ThomsonFly. Bournemouth International Airport is linked to the Travel Interchange (less than 5 minutes walk from the backpackers hostel) by a direct hourly bus service. Taxis waiting at the airport and can also take you to the backpackers hostel.

Southampton International Airport is approximately 50 km (40-50 minutes) from Bournemouth and has a fast, direct train service to Bournemouth 2-3 times per hour. Southampton International Airport is served by a number of airlines, including the budget airline FlyBe.

Bournemouth has convenient bus/coach connections with London Heathrow Airport. FlightLink (operated by National Express) run direct bus/coach services from Heathrow to Bournemouth approximately every two hours: these buses take two hours to reach Bournemouth. Flightlink also provide a bus/coach services from London Gatwick and London Stanstead Airports to Bournemouth. Train travel from London (Heathrow and Stansted) Aiports to Bournemouth is generally indirect and expensive. The train from London (Gatwick) Airport to Bournemouth is, however, more competitive.

By Land and Sea

Poole ferry terminal is approximately 1.5 km. from Poole railway station, where regular trains reach Bournemouth in approximately 15 minutes. Ferry services are operated by Brittany Ferries and Condor, offering connections to St. Malo and Cherbourg (France) as well as the Channel Islands.

There are direct National Express bus/coach services to Bournemouth from many parts of the U.K.. Bus/coach travel is generally cheaper than train travel in the UK. National Express Buses leave from Victoria Coach Station in London approximately every hour and take approximately 2 hours 30 mins to complete the journey. Young persons (under 25) can buy a discount card giving them one third off these fares. Phone (08705) 808080 for National Express information.

Bournemouth has direct train services from London, Scotland, The North East and the Midlands. Trains from London leave from Waterloo Station, roughly twice an hour and usually take around 1 hour 45 minutes to reach Bournemouth. Train discount cards can be bought by young persons (under 26) and full-time students. An off-peak discount card for South East England (Network Card) can be bought by others. Discounted train tickets to Bournemouth from London are sometimes available from MegaTrain. Phone (08457) 484950 for all train information.

The Backpackers Hostel

Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel was established in March 1999. It is family owned and operated by experienced international travellers. We provide great value accommodation in an ideal location. The hostel is a home away from home and a great place to meet people if you are travelling alone. As you can see from our comments page, many of our guests don't want to leave!

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Reception Hours, Prices and Reservations

Important Information about Reception Hours and Check-in

To keep our prices low, the hostel does not have full-time staff, so please check the information below carefully before arranging travel.

We are a very small, seasonal, hostel. All our staff have other jobs and so opening & check-in times are limited. EVERY GUEST must therefore arrive, pay in cash and show their official photo ID during reception hours.

Low Season (until June 2018)

Check-in is only possible with an advance reservation made using our reservation enquiry form. A check-in can be arranged between 17:30 and 19:00 (reception staff finish work at 19:00) on any day, except Saturdays. At check-in guests are asked to pay in cash for the nights they have reserved as we have no credit card facility. Please note that due to reduced staffing and other commitments, we are sometimes unable to accept reservations during Low Season.

If you are arriving before reception opens, luggage can be left at the Bournemouth Tourism Office at the Travel Interchange (train/bus station) for a small charge; luggage cannot be left at the hostel before you check-in.

2017/18 Low Season Prices*
(minimum stay 2 consecutive nights).
~~ Sunday Special Weekly Rates ~~
7 nights in a dormitory from Sunday for only GBP 75 per person (saving GBP 31 on daily rates).
Get a second consecutive week for only GBP 65 and save even more.
7 nights in a twin room from Sunday for GBP 169 for 2 persons (saving GBP 70 on daily rates).
Dormitory (per person) GBP 14.00GBP 14.00GBP 14.00GBP 14.00GBP 14.002 night block
GBP 36.00
Twin Room (incl. 2 people)
Two separate bunk beds, shared bathroom
GBP 33.00GBP 32.00GBP 32.00GBP 32.00GBP 32.002 night block
GBP 79.00

*We provide clean bed sheets at check-in. If you extend your stay on weekly rates, you are responsible for washing them.
Towels and food not included. Prices correct for September 2017, but are subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.

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Useful Links

Links to OFFICIAL WEBSITES of Genuine Backpacker Hostels

European Hostel Guide, Backpax Magazine,,, WoW Backpacking - Hostels in SW England,

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