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Sit back, enjoy the view and let someone else do the driving. It is easy to plan your journey by bus, coach or train using Traveline or the county’s local public transport guide - My Journey. For more Hampshire travel advice, download the bus and train travel guides and public transport maps.

Most guides are available from libraries, tourist information centres and bus and rail stations. Alternatively, our Tourist Information Centres can also advise on local transport and provide timetables.

Cycling

If you are feeling energetic, cycling is a great way to see Hampshire. There are over 30 different cycling routes across the county and a range of trails for beginners and enthusiasts. A number of cycle trails are off road and offer flat, easy-going cycling.

The Meon Valley, Test Way and Hayling Billy trail are all on disused railway lines so are great for beginners and families. For longer distance routes, try the South Downs Way National Trail, which runs between Winchester and Eastbourne or the Shipwrights Way, which links villages and towns in East Hampshire.

If you’ve left your bike at home, there are lots of places across the county where you can hire a bike.

For a unique experience, hire an electric bike in the South Downs National Park and enjoy gentle assistance up hills. Find out more information on cycling or download a range of cycling routes, maps and leaflets by visit the Cycle Southern England website. 

By Bus

The main bus services within Hampshire are operated by Stagecoach, First Group and Blue Star. For a comprehensive list of bus operators, visit the Hampshire County Council website.

Avoid city centre congestion and take the Park and Ride services which operate in Winchester, Portsmouth and Basingstoke.

For the most up-to-date, latest Hampshire travel information please contact Traveline or the bus operators directly.

New Forest Beach Bus
Discover the hidden gems of the New Forest on the Summer Beach Bus, operating between July and August. Hop on and off at villages, attractions and forest walks, or just sit and enjoy the view. The bus stops at popular attractions such as Lepe Country Park, Exbury Gardens, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard. Please see the website for details and a full timetable.

New Forest Tour
Hop on and off the New Forest Tour open top bus at villages, attractions and forest walks between late June and mid September. There are three connecting routes which cover the whole of the National Park. Enjoy on-board commentaries about the people, places and animals of the New Forest. For information on routes, timetables and tickets, please visit the New Forest Tour website.

Explore Test Valley
Take the train to Romsey and use the free bus service in the summer to explore Test Valley. Whilst on board you can visit Romsey Abbey, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Mottisfont, Horsebridge, Houghton Lodge and Gardens, Stockbridge, Museum of Army Flying, Danebury Hill Fort and Longstock Park and Gardens (certain dates only). For more information, download the free bus timetable.

Marwell Zoo Bus
From April to  August a bus service will run between Eastleigh train station and Marwell Zoo (M1). The bus operates on Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays and every day during the school holidays. It’s only 15 minutes from Eastleigh train station and is one of the easiest ways to get there. If you travel by bus you can also save 10% off your admission price to Marwell Zoo on production of your First Hampshire bus ticket. To find out more, download the M1 timetable.

There is also an additional bus service operating from Lordshill, Southampton Central Station, Bitterne and Hedge End to Marwell Zoo (M2). The bus operates on from  May to August. To find out more, download the M2 timetable

South Downs National Park Discovery Ticket
The new Discovery ticket provides unlimited travel by bus across the South Downs National Park and beyond in the South of England. Simply hop on and off as you please! A family day ticket for up to five people* is just £16 and individual tickets are £8.50 per adult and £7 per child. To find out more visit www.discoveryticket.co.uk.

*Terms and conditions apply. A family is up to 5 people, with a minimum of one adult and a maximum of two adults. Download the South Downs public transport map which shows the extensive network of bus routes and train stations.

South Downs Rambler
Explore the South Downs by bus for breath-taking views, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages with easy access to the South Downs Way and rail links at Winchester and Petersfield The bus operates on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from July to August.

The bus will run from Winchester train station to Petersfield train station ia Hinton Ampner House, Bramdean, West Meon, Exton, Old Winchester Hill, East Meon and Langrish, approximately following the course of the South Downs Way footpath in Hampshire. For more information, download the timetable or visit the South Downs website

Discovery tickets issued by other operators, provided they are valid are accepted for use on the South Downs Rambler service.

South Downs Weekender
Explore rural Hampshire with stops at Uppark House, Gilbert White's House, Jane Austen's House Museum, seven traditional country pubs and the railway stations in Petersfield, Liss and Alton. The bus operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays through July and August. For more information, download the timetable or visit the South Downs website

Solent Go Travelcard 
The Solent Go travelcard is a stress-free way to travel around South Hampshire. No need to have the right cash to hand for fares or to remember which operators you’re travelling with. The Solent Go travelcard works on most buses and ferries* throughout South Hampshire. Hop-on and hop-off buses as you please, buy your tickets today at www.solentgo.co.uk

By Train

The main train service in Hampshire is operated by South West Trains, which operate from Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset through to London Waterloo. Most major towns in the county are served by rail, with regular services and good connections. For a comprehensive list of rail operators and services, visit the Hampshire County Council website.

Travel in Hampshire on a nostalgic steam train between Alresford and Alton on the Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line). It’s the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age. Special events run throughout the year, including a day out with Thomas, real ale train and spectacular steam galas.

It is easy to travel to the South Downs National Park by train with stations at Liphook, Liss, Petersfield and Rowlands Castle. For more information on stations and train services, visit the East Hampshire Rail website.

Use the Three Rivers Rail website to find out information on trains calling at Salisbury, Dean, Mottisfont & Dunbridge, Redbridge, Millbrook, Southampton, St Denys, Swaythling, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh, Chandler's Ford, Bursledon, Hamble, Netley, Sholing, Woolston and Bitterne. Download the line guide or discover places to eat or drink along the way.

By Water

Avoid a lengthy road journey and take a ferry from one side of the water to the other. Here are some of the popular Hampshire travel services. 

Hythe Ferry
Take the Hythe Ferry to cross the water between Southampton and the village of Hythe. The ferry runs from the end of the pier in Hythe, which can be accessed by the Hythe Pier Railway - one of the oldest continuously operating public pier trains in the world.

Gosport Ferry
Enjoy the sights of Portsmouth Harbour and take the Gosport ferry to Portsmouth. The ferry takes 4 minutes to travel and there are regular services operating throughout the year. For timetable information, visit their website.

Hamble Ferry
Take a ride on the distinctive pink Hamble Ferry, ‘Emily’, which operates a regular service from Hamble to Warsash. The ferry runs from 9am to 5pm and the current charges are as little as £1 each way for foot passengers.

Hayling Ferry
The Hayling Ferry is the most convenient way to travel between Portsmouth and Hayling Island. Visit their website for timetable information.

Hurst Castle Ferry
Built by Henry VIII, Hurst Castle was one of a chain of coastal fortresses built in 1544. Visit the castle by ferry with regular services between Keyhaven and Hurst. In the summer months, a ferry service operates from Yarmouth on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Portsmouth Harbour Waterbus
The Portsmouth Harbour Waterbus links the four major attractions of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Gunwharf Quays between March and October 2015.

By Car

Hampshire has an excellent road network, with the M3 leading from Winchester to London, and the M27/A27 from Southampton across into Sussex. See our Hampshire map for details.

RAC Route Planner - If you don't like getting lost while you travel in Hampshire, let the RAC work out your route for you.