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Southampton CityLink shuttle bus

CityLink Shuttle Bus service - FREE service for Red Funnel customers

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The CityLink bus service operates every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during evening commuter hours) between Southampton's Central station (South Side) and Red Funnel's ferry terminals via the WestQuay shopping centre. The journey time (Southampton Central <> Town Quay ferry terminals) is approximately 7 minutes. 

The service is FREE for holders of Red Funnel valid tickets, customers with valid National Rail and National Express through-tickets and also Senior Citizen bus pass holders. A £1 charge per trip applies to everybody else.

CityLink Bus Timetable

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Southampton CityLink Bus Route

National Express: The closest CityLink bus stop to Southampton's Coach Station is The Marlands/Asda stop on Portland Terrace. The stop is a just short walk (5 mins) from the coach station, follow the path/steps along the side of Asda's building to the right of the store entrance.

CityLink Bus Timetable from 12 May 2014

Travel times from
Southampton Central
(South Side)
 Travel times from
Town Quay
(Red Jet & Vehicle Ferry)
Asda/The Marlands
(National Express)
2 mins
WestQuay4 mins
3 mins
Asda/The Marlands
(National Express)
5 mins
Town Quay (Red Jet & Vehicle Ferry) 7 mins
Southampton Central Station
7 mins

Departures from Town Quay - Red Jet and Vehicle Ferry Services

 Mon to Fri (ex. Bank Hols) Saturday & Bank Hols Sunday
07:45Then every 30 mins untilThen every 30 mins until
Then every 30 mins until  
Then every 15 mins until  

Departures from Southampton Central Station

 Mon to Fri (ex. Bank Hols) Saturday & Bank HolsSunday
Then every 30 mins untilThen every 30 mins untilThen every 30 mins until
Then every 15 mins until20:0020:04


  • CityLink is FREE for holders of valid Red Funnel tickets, holders of valid through rail tickets to/from East or West Cowes, holders of valid through National Express tickets to/from East or West Cowes and holders of Senior Citizen bus passes.
  • There is a charge of £1 (per trip) for non-Red Funnel customers, payable to the driver on boarding. This charge applies to all ages.
  • All times correct at time of publication (April 2014). Red Funnel reserve the right to alter or amend this timetable at any time.
  • Late night and weekend trains may be altered and ferries can be delayed or cancelled in bad weather. Please check & before travelling.
  • Taxis - there are taxi ranks (white coloured cars) on both sides of Southampton Central Station and at Terminal 2, Town Quay. The journey will take approx. 5 minutes.
  • South West Trains, Red Funnel Ferries & Blue Star (CityLink operators) can not guarantee connections and can accept no liability if services shown in this timetable fail to connect. Please see Travel Terms & Conditions for each operator.
  • This service is operated on behalf of Red Funnel by Blue Star (part of Go South Coast).

From 12 May 2014, CityLink is funded entirely by Red Funnel Ferries and operated by Blue Star

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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

Due to essential maintenance the last departures on our vehicle ferry on the 13th February will be 22:30 from Southampton and East Cowes.

The next scheduled departures after this time will be 05:45 from Southampton and 07:15 from East Cowes – we apologise for any inconvenience caused to your journey.


Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

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