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    Car hire in Bournemouth with Auto Europe

    To use a car hire in Bournemouth would allow you the freedom to tour this wonderful seaside resort, which is a perfect tourist destination. Auto Europe offers the best rates. Take a scenic drive along Jurassic Coast or simply enjoy the pier itself. Bournemouth has plenty to offer for adults and children and also for a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure. You won’t be short of things to do. Why not take a journey on to Yeovil while you’re in the south. Auto Europe makes all this easier and hassle free.

    With plenty to do and lots to see from stunning scenic views, nature trail walks and hikes, to adventure such as indoor obstacle courses and sealife adventures theres no shortage of experiences in Bournemouth. Read our car hire reviews in Bournemouth section to see what previous customers have thought of our service.

    How is the traffic in Bournemouth?

    Like any large city Bournemouth suffers from some delays in traffic during peak times, but generally traffic seems to be reasonable around the surrounding area. When issues with congestion arise the traffic seems to ease quickly so as not to pose too much of an inconvenience for drivers on the road. For driving information in the UK please see our page.

    Where can i park my car hire in Bournemouth?

    There are plenty of places to park your car rental in Bournemouth which are very easy to find, payments accepted are cash, pay by phone or via card. It is a good idea to research where parking spots are available and what the prices on the corresponding car park will be, so as to be prepared before you arrive as there are a vast amount of car parks around the city. Central Car Park off Parsonage Road is a long stay car park from between £1.60 for an hour or only £5.00 for 24 hours which can be paid via phone if you have no cash available.

    Bournemouth airport

    Bournemouth airport is located in the south of England and was first opened in 1941 as an RAF Hurn, before being taken into civil control in 1944. Previously named “The Hurn” it is now known as “Bournemouth International Airport”. The airport underwent a project beginning in 2007 where the terminal was expanded and upgraded by 62%. To find out more about Bournemouth Airport please check our page.

    Bournemouth International Airport (BHO)
    Address: Parley Ln, Christchurch BH23 6SE, UK
    Phone: 01202 364 000
    Airlines operating at Bournemouth airport: Easyjet, Loganair, Ryanair, TUI Airways, Firstchoice, Thomsonfly, Blueair, Palmair, Wizzair, Olympic Holidays.

    What to do in Bournemouth

    • Bournemouth Pier: The pier has all the fun of a normal pier but with some extra attractions not for the faint hearted. You can launch yourself down the vertical drop slide. Jump from the leap of faith or even try the clip n climb. The clip n climb is suitable for ages. Strap yourself on and test your agility, confidence and climbing skills. Take the zip line from the highest point of the pier down onto the shore. Crawl through the pier cave and find your way back to the ball pit. Or try the highline indoor obstacle course. There are amusements arcades, seaside shops and cany shops with things like rock and candy floss. It also has plenty of restaurants and bars if you would like a quick snack or to sit and relax while viewing the sea. There's enough to spend the full day there for all the family!

    • Lower gardens: The lower gardens is a stunning attraction and is only a 5 minute walk from places such as the pier, the beach and the main shopping centre. The garden starts at the seafront and host many events throughout the year such as art exhibitions, concerts and candlelight nights There are plenty of amazing floral displays and plenty of other activities to keep visitors busy such as mini golf, an art exhibition, large rock garden, an aviary, refreshment stands, balloon rides and music at the bandstand. There are also the upper and central gardens which happen to be quieter than the lower gardens, perfect for relaxing walks. At christmas time they also host christmas activities and an ice rink! There is a stunning array of trees and shrubbery many of which are over 100 years old. You are welcome to join a guided walk or follow the walk yourselves.

    • Freida’s tea bus: Freida’s tea bus is charming experience, you will board a beautifully decorated double decker bus which drives along the Bournemouth sea front, so you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean whilst you indulge in a luxury afternoon tea. With a selection of sandwiches, cakes, fresh cream scones, pastries and macaroons there is plenty to choose from. It travels from Bournemouth Pier down to Boscombe Pier. With friendly and helpful staff it really is a must do activity while in Bournemouth.

    • Oceanarium: The Oceanarium is a large aquarium home to hundreds of different species. It is fun whilst also being educational so is great for people of all ages. You can experience being a worker in the aquarium for the day such as penguin feeding, turtle feeding, meeting the creatures and helping feeding the otters. With ten or more recreated environment including Penguin Beach Encounter, Otter Oasis, The Amazon, Crocodile Rocks, Great Barrier Reef, the worlds first Interactive Cage Dive submerging visitors into a 270 degree virtual view of the deep ocean allowing users to experience up close visits with dolphins, sharks and manta rays as well as a blue whale and Global Meltdown which interactively transports you to a time in which the effects of global warming have taken over.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Bournemouth

    There are lots of beautiful places to travel if you were to rent a car in Bournemouth many people choose to travel onto Southampton but some of the most popular places to visit are;

    Poole harbor

    Is a stunning natural harbour in Dorset, the second largest in the world which was formed a the end of the ice age. Take in the stunning views of the various sized islands where the sea bed holds 10 different habitats and over 360 different marine species. It is a protected site so that no damage should come to the wildlife. It is historically known as a site for the Romans and in 1964 the remains of a 2000 year old waterlogged iron log boat were dredged from the harbour. Here you can experience countryside walks through the woodland by following the several trails, fishing, fine dining and water sports.There are dozens of yacht clubs and waterskiing and wakeboarding, you are welcome to use your own personal jet ski or waterbike but you must recieve a permit from the harbour office first. This is the same procedure for kitesurfing also as well as parascending.

    Brownsea island

    Experience spectacular views in this beautiful natural habitat which features heathland, seashores, a lagoon and over 100 different types of trees. Creates a wonderful space for the wildlife including rare red squirell and several types of birds such as dunlin, kingfishers and oystercatchers. Here you can bird watching, guided walks, enjoy adventure weekends which involve camping on the island and following the many nature trails. You can experience the Brownsea open air theatre throughout summer where you can take a picnic and enjoy the show on the church field. You can experience the safari and supper where you will enjoy food at the harbour front cafe before a wildlife expert takes you along a safari to meet the wildlife which appears once the sun has set for the evening. Experience the early bird guided walk where an expert will take you through the beauty of the lagoon or explore what is left of the daffodil farming.

    Durdle Door

    Durdle Door is a stunning natural archway formed in the limestone cliffs along the Jurassic coast around 140 million years ago it is one of the areas most iconic landmarks. It was named one of Englands first natural heritage sites and is now grouped with wonders such as the grand canyon and the great barrier reef. It is privately owned by the Lulworth Estate but is open to the public. With picturesque views, pebbled beaches and beautiful flowers. Take a hike along the natural walkways or swim in the stunning sea. Its a wonderful day out for all the family.

    Geographic information and history

    Bournemouth is a seaside town in the South of England, Dorset, Hampshire. It is located just west of Christchurch, on the English channel. The town was first created in 1810 when a Dorset Squire named Lewis Tregonwell decided to build a summer home for his wife after visiting the beach. The first settlement came in 1837, but in 1841 the town still only held 26 buildings. The town grew rapidly from then on, even more so when the railway was built in 1870. Once a piped water supply was installed, it allowed for a larger scale residence to be built. By 1861 the population had risen to 1,707 and had an act of parliament set up and also men to clean, light and pave the streets as well as a volunteer fire brigade. In 1901 the town’s population hit 59,000 and electric trams were installed to transport people around town. Bournemouth now stands as a beautiful seaside town with high volumes of tourism and a current population figure of 197,700.

    How to get around Bournemouth

    There are numerous ways you can explore the city of Bournemouth from public transport to your own private rentals, here are some options for you.

    Car Rental

    Using your Car Hire in Bournemouth is the most accessible way to get around, you can take your journey at your own pace and not have to rely on the constraints and extra charges of public transport.


    Bournemouth has several running buses who run extensive journeys throughout Bournemouth major shopping areas and surrounding areas. You can purchase a day ticket which allows unlimited transport on all the main bus services.


    You can call local taxis in Bournemouth are run by Streamline Warrens Taxis and United Taxis. Town centre taxi services are Pier Approach, The Square, Lansdowne and The Triangle. Alternatively you can book your taxi online.


    There are train stations at Lansdowne, Branksome, Pokesdown, Poole, Boscombe and Christchurch. These services serve within Bournemouth and to the surrounding areas.


    Bournemouth has many designated cycle paths including some marked paths through the gardens. There are many cycle routes from demanding hills to stunning scenic journeys. You can rent a bike from various places around the city.

    Useful links

    Official Tourism website

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