Public transport in Southampton offers a wide range of services to many destinations within the city and neighbouring towns. Our Public Transport map shows all of the bus, rail and ferry services that operate within Southampton, including those serving destinations outside of the city. A broad summary of the services available is given below.
20% off coach travel for Southampton senior citizens pass holders!
Southampton City Council and National Express have teamed up to offer senior citizens an exclusive discount. If you own a local Southampton senior citizens bus pass, you can now enjoy 20% off National Express coach travel from Southampton. You can find out more information here or from the National Express website.
There is a comprehensive bus network in Southampton and frequent services are available to/from most locations in the city. There are also services to most neighbouring towns. Most bus services depart from and travel to the city centre. Please see our Public Transport map for bus stop locations.
Direct rail services to over 200 stations across the UK run from Southampton Central. There are 7 local stations at Redbridge, Millbrook, Swaythling, St. Denys, Bitterne, Woolston and Sholing from where you can catch trains to Southampton Central or other destinations.
There are two ferry services to the Isle of Wight leaving from Town Quay; a high speed service for foot passengers and a ferry for vehicles, cyclists and foot passengers. There is also a half hourly service to Hythe carrying foot passengers and cyclists which leaves from Town Quay.
As well as local public transport, there are a number of long distance coach services which leave from the city centre. A wide variety of destinations are available, including regular services to London, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and Portsmouth. The main coach station is located in the city centre next to Toys R Us.
Concessionary Bus Pass
Smartcities is a multifunctional card which will allow you to access a number of different services with just one card including concessionary bus travel. If you qualify for your bus pass for age reasons you can apply for or renew your bus pass online.
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