Getting around Portland, Weymouth and Dorset

It’s easy to travel around the local area by car from Castletown. But we suggest leaving your car in your Crabbers’ Wharf parking space and getting a different perspective of Weymouth and Portland.

Transport links

‘My Girl’ Castletown-Weymouth ferry

Every day from April to October the historic ‘My Girl’ passenger ferry will take you from right outside Crabbers’ Wharf to Weymouth Harbourside.

Arrive in Weymouth in style, spend time on the beach, exploring the town or in one of Weymouth’s fine restaurants and cafes. Return to your apartment on ‘My Girl’ or by bus and take in the views from the top deck!

All sailings are subject to the weather conditions, so we recommend checking ferry times, prices and availability with Coastline Cruises. Call 01305 785000 or 07749 732428, or check the Coastline Cruises Twitter feed.

‘My Girl’ herself is a unique part of Castletown history. During the Second World War she ferried the American troops stationed in Weymouth and Portland, getting them into position for D-Day.

First Bus

There are several bus routes that will take you around Portland, Weymouth and out into wider Dorset.

Please check the First Bus Wessex website for the latest timetables and prices, or download the First Bus app and choose the Wessex, Dorset and South Somerset region.

Up to Portland Bill
Take a two-minute stroll from Crabbers’ Wharf to the bus stop outside Portland Castle and catch the 501 all the way up to the Bill.

Into Weymouth
Walk to nearby Portland Beach Road to grab the number 1 into Weymouth. Catch the bus back to Crabbers’ from the King’s Statue (George III) on the seafront.

To Dorchester
From Weymouth seafront catch the number 10 up to the county town of Dorchester.

Along the coast
There are also bus routes along the coast to Lyme Regis, Bridport, Lulworth Cove, Wareham and Poole.

Local train services

The nearest train station to Crabbers’ is in Weymouth. It’s at the end of two lines –  from London Waterloo and Bristol/Bath.

This means you can also let the train take the strain to get you out on day trips to Bournemouth, Bath, Poole, Wareham or the New Forest. Check the National Rail website for timetables.

And there’s another local railway service too. The heritage Swanage Railway runs full-size steam and diesel passenger trains along the five and a half miles from Norden to Corfe Castle and down to the Victorian seaside town of Swanage.

Local taxi companies

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