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Once you’ve had your fill of Bournemouth’s parks, pier and promenade, head further afield to see Dorset’s soaring cliffs, golden sands and chocolate-box villages. At the wheel of a hire car, you’re also just minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage listed Jurassic Coast with its fantastic fossil-hunting sites.

If you’re flying into Bournemouth, you can pick up a cheap rental car from the airport. Bournemouth Airport (BOH) is just 9.6km (6 miles) or 15 minutes’ drive north-east of the town centre.

The two major car hire firms at the airport, Europcar and Hertz, both have booking offices on McIntyre Road opposite the long-stay car park. Opening hours vary, so check with the individual company prior to booking your flight.

Car rental companies that have desks at Bournemouth Airport are:

  • Europcar (Tel: 01202 274 821)
  • Hertz (Tel: 0843 309 3008)

It’s a straightforward drive from the airport into Bournemouth, including the seafront avenues where many hotels are located. From the airport, head south-east on the B3703 until you reach the A38, then take the dual carriageway south-west into the centre of town.

Alternatively, you can pick up a hire car in Bournemouth town centre – booking offices can be found in several areas, including Lower Gardens, Newtown and next to the railway station.

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