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Buses

With eight bus companies operating services in Southampton, it can be confusing knowing which bus to catch to your destination. Our Public Transport map and district centre maps below show the bus routes which pass through Southampton. A summary of the main destinations served by each operator is given below. Please visit the bus operators websites via the links below for specific timetable and route information.

For information regarding Concessionary bus travel please see the Smartcities pages

Bluestar operate frequent services in the city and to local towns including Totton, Hythe, lymington, Romsey, Winchester, Eastleigh, Hedge End and Chandlers Ford.

First Bus operate frequent services in the city and regular services to Fareham, Portsmouth, Gosport and Hamble.

Unilink operate a frequent service between the city centre and Southampton Airport via the University and Portswood. They also operate regular services to Southampton General Hospital via Portswood.

Velvet operate some local services in the city. They also operate a regular service between Eastleigh and Southampton via Mansbridge and Hedge End.

Salisbury Reds operate an hourly service between the city centre and Salisbury via Totton.

Brijan operate an hourly service between the city centre and Bishops Waltham via Bitterne.

Wheelers operate an hourly service from the city centre to Romsey via Portswood. They also operate some buses to Hiltingbury.

Stagecoach operate a service between the Southampton General Hospital and Winchester.

Bus service FAQ

1. Where do I catch my bus from?

Southampton doesn't have a central bus station but there are several locations commonly served by buses. The public transport map and district maps (available to download at the bottom of this page) show where bus stops are located near the central station, city centre and in the district centres. They also show which bus services operate in each area.

2. How do I plan my journey?

The external link below to Traveline will give you your options of how to travel by Bus, Coach, Train or Ferry. Just enter your journey details and travel time. Traveline can also be contacted on 0871 200 2233 for regular timetable or route information.

External links to the bus companies websites are also listed below where you will find timetable information. 

The public transport map (available to download below) displays bus routes in the city.

3. When do Night Buses run?

The night bus service operated by Bluestar provides a safe alternative journey home from the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights to locations across the region including Eastleigh, Hedge End, Lordshill, Millbrook, Shirley, Netley, Bitterne, Thornhill, Waterside and Winchester.

For further information and the latest timetables please visit the nights out page on the Bluestar website.

4. Where do I report vandalism or other damage to bus shelters?

Bus shelters are inspected regularly, but if you notice any damage or vandalism it can be reported to actionline.

5. How do I apply for my bus pass?

Please follow this link for information about applying for your bus pass - Bus pass information

Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
PDF document Public Transport Map 2014 17951 KB 1mins, 11secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Above Bar Bus Route Map 478 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Bitterne Bus Route Map 565 KB 2secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document General Hospital Bus Route Map 359 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Shirley Bus Route Map 435 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Southampton Central Station Bus Route Map 366 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Vincents Walk Bus Route Map 420 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document West Quay Bus Route Map 459 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Woolston Bus Route Map 433 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

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