Poole Bay & Sandbanks Explorer

Now closed for the winter, see you in Spring 2022!

  • Sandbanks Peninsula
    Sand Banks Peninsula

Sandbanks Peninsula image courtesy of Sue Sieger.

9th April to 26th September 2022
City Sightseeing Bournemouth is back with a new route and brand new commentary. The route now goes right through Poole Park where you can view the recent multi million pound transformation from the perfect viewing platform of our open top bus!
We are also excited to be now offering a great value Bus & Bike Combo ticket in conjunction with Beryl, giving big savings and opening up more options to explore the area.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

We are taking all the Covid 19 precautions you  would expect and would like to remind passengers they are currently required to wear a face mask whilst taking the tour. Our service has been certified as Good to Go by Visit England.

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 9th April 2021, 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.


We are now offering a Bus & Bike Combo ticket in conjunction with Beryl.

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 from the 9th April 2022. 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  and Bus & Bike 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.

Promotions, Discounts and Offers

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