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Rental car options at Bournemouth Airport

The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in Bournemouth Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • FireFly Car Rental

    8.3 (3888)
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  • Europcar

    8.2 (8417)
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  • Hertz

    7.7 (7097)
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Car rental location Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport Guide

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Located 3.5 miles northeast of the city, Bournemouth Airport is a conveniently-located hub. Despite not being as well known as some of the larger airports in the UK, it has been voted the best airport in the country on numerous occasions and was voted the third best airport in the world in 2008. Offering easy-to-use amenities, Bournemouth Airport is well-served by car hire companies, with self-drive being the best way to navigate southern England.

Who to Book With
Europcar is Bournemouth Airport's official supplier of car hire. Its desk, which is located in the Departures lounge, is open from 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday and from 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:

- A full and valid UK driver's licence
- The credit card used to complete the reservation
- Passport or utility bill for confirmation of ID
- Printed confirmation of booking

For more info read our FAQ's.

Parking restrictions in the UK are rigorously-enforced, especially in towns and cities, which are regularly patrolled by officers with clamps at the ready. Key destinations are well-linked by a series of motorways, although travelling during rush hours is advised against. Petrol stations accept both credit cards and cash, regardless of whether they are located in big cities or rural areas.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving here.


Passengers that wish to reach Bournemouth Airport can do so through a variety of different means, including by car hire, bus, rail or taxi. Buses travel from the centre of Bournemouth to the airport, while trains link with the airport from both Christchurch and Bournemouth. Taxis are available from specially-designated taxi ranks in the centre of Bournemouth or can be pre-booked.

Bournemouth Airport has local connections to the UK's mainline rail network via Bournemouth Station at the Travel Interchange. Hourly shuttle buses connect the airport with the interchange. Fares vary, with specific price information available from National Rail.

Compass Cars is the main company providing taxis at Bournemouth Airport. It has the largest fleet of all the firms operating in the area. Conveniently, Compass Cars have desks in Bournemouth Airport's terminal and may also be contacted on: +44 1202 373737.

Taxi prices:
Bournemouth Airport to Bournemouth city centre is about £20

The Bournemouth Airport Shuttle runs seven days a week from 07:00 until 19:00. Pre-bookings aren't required and travel from the terminal to the town centre can take as little as 12 minutes. A standard adult day return costs around £5. On the other hand, an open return runs at roughly £8.


Bournemouth Airport is home to one terminal which currently receives around 600,000 passengers a year. It is one of southern England's most active airports. As a result, it features comprehensive facilities including eating and drinking options, shopping outlets and money services.

There are four types of parking available at Bournemouth Airport. While Standard Parking is the cheapest, Flexible Parking allows customers to amend or cancel their booking at any time. VIP Parking is best suited to those with bulky luggage or small children, and Meet & Greet is viewed as the best service overall. Leaving a vehicle in the Standard Parking area for a week typically costs around £45.

Free Wi-Fi in Bournemouth Airport is made available to all passengers for half an hour during any period of 24 hours. A premium service charged at pay-as-you-go tariffs is also available.

Information Services
Information is located in the main terminal and can be contacted by telephone on: +44 1202 364 000.

Useful Numbers
General enquires: +44 1202 364 000
Car park bookings: +44 871 310 5556

Bournemouth Airport has specially-designated parking spaces for disabled passengers and wheelchair assistance is provided. Alternatively, wheelchairs may be borrowed while at the hub. Members of staff are on hand to guarantee that passengers who require help can board their aircraft both quickly and efficiently.

Restaurants and Bars
EstPresso is an Italian café that can be found after security in the main terminal. Similarly, the Olive Tree Café Bar is located after security. Those that need to eat or drink before they pass through security can do so at Joe's Kitchen & Coffeehouse.

VIP Lounges
Bournemouth VIP Airport Lounge
Priority Pass Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Executive Airport Lounge

Money and ATMs
Bournemouth Airport has Travelex ATMs and bureaux de change booths throughout the main terminal.

WHSmith has branches in Bournemouth Airport's main terminal, both before and after security. Everything from the latest books and magazines to travel adaptors and toothbrushes can be obtained at these outlets. Worlddutyfree can be found after security and offers knock-out discounts on tobacco, perfume and alcohol items.

Practical information

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  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

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Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Europcar
  • Hertz