Bus Travel

National Express buses at London's Victoria Coach Station on Buckingham Palace Road depart every 60–90 minutes for Bournemouth (2½ hours), Southampton (2¼ hours), and Portsmouth (2¼ hours), and every two hours for Winchester (2 hours). There are four buses daily to Salisbury (about 3 hours). Bluestar operates a comprehensive service in the Southampton and Winchester areas, as well as buses to the New Forest. Stagecoach South operates services in Portsmouth and around Hampshire. Salisbury Reds serves Salisbury; More travels to Bournemouth and Poole; First serves Portsmouth, Southampton, and Dorset locations such as Weymouth and Dorchester; and Southern Vectis covers the Isle of Wight. More, Bluestar, Salisbury Reds, and Southern Vectis sell one-day (and two-day, five-day, and 15-day from Southern Vectis) passes as well as seven-, 30-, and 90-day passes for all routes. Ask about the Megarider tickets sold by Stagecoach South. Contact Traveline for all information on routes and tickets. During the school summer holidays (late July and August), the hop-on, hop-off Beach Bus runs from the Hythe Pier in Southampton to Lymington in the New Forest. Tickets are £7.

Bus Contacts

Beach Bus. 01590/646600; www.thebeachbus.info.

Bluestar. 01202/338421; www.bluestarbus.co.uk.

First. 0345/602–0121; www.firstgroup.com.

More. 01202/338420; www.morebus.co.uk.

National Express. 0871/781–8181; www.nationalexpress.com.

Salisbury Reds. 01202/338420; www.salisburyreds.co.uk.

Southern Vectis. 0330/053–9182; www.islandbuses.info.

Stagecoach South. 0345/121–0190; www.stagecoachbus.com.

Traveline. 0871/200–2233; www.traveline.info.

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