Poole Bay & Sandbanks Explorer

  • Sandbanks Peninsula
    Sand Banks Peninsula

Sandbanks Peninsula image courtesy of Sue Sieger.


The City Sightseeing Bournemouth service is now going to be operating until Sunday the 1st of November.
We are taking all the normal precautions you would expect and we have a number of enhanced cleaning measures in place to ensure the safety of all our passengers and staff but we would like to highlight the following points:
  • Face coverings should be worn 
  • Vehicles cleaned and sanitised daily
  • High touch points sanitised throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitiser is available on the bus.
  • Please respect social distancing where possible.
  • If travelling as a family or group, please sit together.
  • You can only travel in groups of 6 (unless you are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6).
  • Customers should only interact with their group.
  • Customers should avoid paying by cash (buy your ticket online or from the driver via card/phone pay)
We look forward to welcoming you aboard for some fresh sea air and fine views.



Join us on a fantastic open top double decker bus tour of Poole Bay and the Sandbanks peninsular. Departing from Bournemouth Pier and Poole Quay, hourly every day from August 1st up to and including Sunday 1st of November 2020, the tour will take you to all the main sights with fine views across Poole Bay and Poole Harbour along the way.

Great value 24 and 48 hour tickets are available, allowing you to Hop-On and Hop-Off as much as you like. Upgrade to a bus & boat ticket and enjoy a fabulous boat cruise with City Cruises from Poole Quay around Poole Harbour, or to Swanage, via Old Harry Rocks, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s ONLY Natural World Heritage Site.

Explore the Events Calendar to discover some of the interesting and entertaining things happening in Poole this year.

Tour Details

City Sightseeing Bournemouth

City Sightseeing Bournemouth is part of the City Sightseeing Worldwide family which operates in scores of cities throughout the world. Hop on and Hop off the bus as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route and see all the best sights Bournemouth and Poole have to offer. Our friendly drivers are here to look after you and help you, if you have any questions just ask.

George – here to welcome you aboard!


For your convenience City Sightseeing Bournemouth provides 23 sightseeing stops at some of Bournemouth & Poole’s most interesting places. Westbourne, Canford Cliffs, Sandbanks, Poole Park, Poole Quay & Poole Old Town. There is also a short feeder on the first two runs in the morning serving the East Over Cliff, see timetable for details. The first and last stop of the tour is at Bournemouth Pier, with a variety of main and request stops in between, but you can join the tour at any stop on route just hail the driver as the bus is approaching. Tickets are available directly from the driver.


The service runs daily between the 1st of August and the 1st of November 2020. The first bus leaves Bournemouth Pier at 10am and the last bus leaves at 5pm. The first bus leaves Poole Quay at 11am and the last bus leaves at 6pm.


If you decide to stay on board the tour bus for the complete route, it takes about an hour and a half, including a ten minute lay over on Poole Quay.


Buy you tickets online,  on the bus, from one of our ticket sellers in Bournemouth Square or at the Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre in front of Bournemouth Pier. Our Hop-On Hop-Off tickets are available for either 24 hours or 48 hours, combination Bus and Boat tickets are also available. We do not accept English concessionary bus passes.

Buy your ticket on the bus, online, at the Tourist Information Centre or from one of our ticket sellers.

Additional Info

We do not accept English concessionary bus passes. All dogs welcome on board our buses as long as they are well behaved and kept on a lead. All our buses are wheelchair accessible.

Stops For East Cliff …

For the convenience of visitors staying in Hotels on the East Cliff , we pick up at the Suncliff Hotel and the East Cliff lift bus stops on East Overcliff Drive, at about 09:45 and 10:45, then head down to Bournemouth Pier ready for the first two runs of the day.