Bus Connections

Hampshire, Southampton and the Isle of Wight have excellent scheduled local and regional bus services which integrate with rail, air and ferry services.


Southampton Area Bus Services

Bluestar operates services from the City Centre to local towns such as Ashurst, Bassett, Bishopstoke, Bitterne, Botley, Brockenhurst, Calmore, Chandlers Ford, Compton, Eastleigh, Eling, Fair Oak, Fawley, Hardley, Hedge End, Holbury, Hythe, Langley, Lord's Hill, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Marchwood, Millbrook, North Baddesley, Northam, Otterbourne, Portswood, Romsey, Rownhams, Shawford, Shirley, St Cross, Swaythling, Thornhill, Totton, Townhill Park and Winchester.

First Southampton City Reds operate between the City Centre and the General Hospital as well as local districts and neighbouring towns including Bassett Green, Bitterne, Boorley Green, Fareham, Gosport, Hamble, Harefield, Hedge End, Hursley Park, Lordshill, Lordswood, Midanbury, Millbrook, Netley, Nursling, Portswood, Rose Bowl, Shirley, Sholing, Thornhill, Totton, Townhill, University West End, Weston Estate and Woolston.

Unilink operates a frequent service (for everyone) between the City Centre and the University (via Portswood) which also stops at Southampton Airport, Southampton Central Station and the Oceanography Centre. They also operate services from the City Centre to Southampton General Hospital (via Portswood and the University) and from the City Centre to Bassett (via the University).

Notes: Service U6 operates between West Quay and Southampton General Hospital. Service U1C runs between Platform Road (Nr Town Quay) and Southampton Airport via Southampton Central Station.

Xelabus offer local services around Bitterne and Shirley, along with buses between Eastleigh and Hedge End via Mansbridge.

Salisbury Reds operates a non-frequent service between the City Centre and Salisbury (via Totton, Calmore, Ower, Wellow, Landford, Whiteparish and Whaddon).

Quayconnect operates between Southampton Central Station and the ferry terminals on Town Quay. It is designed to connect Red Funnel's Red Jet service with South West Trains Southampton < > London Waterloo service. 

PLUSBUS The City of Southampton is also a member of PLUSBUS, the integrated ticketing scheme. You can buy a PLUSBUS ticket with a single, day return or period return train ticket and receive unlimited bus travel within the city on all First, Bluestar, Stagecoach, and UniLink services.

Quayconnect is a shuttle bus service between the ferry terminals on Town Quay and Southampton Central Station (south side) via the WestQuay shopping centre.

The service is FREE to Red Funnel ticket holders, passengers with through rail or National Express coach tickets to/from East Cowes or West Cowes and holders of Senior Citizen bus passes. For all other passengers, a flat fare of just £2 applies for a return journey which is payable on boarding. Period passes and Plusbus tickets are not accepted.

Quayconnect operates every 30 minutes. For National Express customers, the nearest Quayconnect bus stop is on Portland Terrace.

Find the latest Quayconnect Timetable here



  • All times correct at time of publication. Red Funnel reserves 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 southwesternrailway.com & redfunnel.co.uk before travelling.
  • Taxis - there is a taxi rank at Terminal 2, Town Quay (white coloured cars) and on both sides of Southampton Central Station. The journey will take approx. 5 minutes.
  • South Western Railway, Red Funnel Ferries & Blue Star (Quayconnect operator) 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).


Connecting Bus Services - West Cowes

Frequent buses operate between West Cowes and Newport (Service 1) from where there are connections across the Island. For Service 1 from the Red Jet Hi-Speed terminal, follow the pavement markers to the bus stop outside the M&S Foodhall (2 minute walk).

FrequencyService 1
Mon-Sat daytime every 10 mins
Mon-Sat evening every 15 mins
Sunday/Public Holiday daytime every 10 mins
Sunday/Public Holiday evening every 15 mins
Night buses every 30 mins


Connecting Bus Services - East Cowes

There are regular services between East Cowes and Newport (Service 5) and Ryde (Service 4). The bus stop is directly outside Waitrose, a short distance from Red Funnel's East Cowes Terminal. Service 4 & 5 both stop outside Osborne House (5 minute journey).

FrequencyService 4Service 5
Mon-Sat daytime every 60 mins every 20 mins
Mon-Sat evening every 60 mins every 30 mins
Sunday/Public Holiday daytime every 60 mins every 30 mins
Sunday/Public Holiday evening every 60 mins every 30 mins