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unlock the potential with the key

Welcome to our key page, introducing our smartcard and a great new way of buying and using tickets on our buses

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 ** if you are under 19 and would like a key card please call us on 01202 338 421**

what is the key?

You can top up your key card online 24/7.  The key is a smartcard that makes paying for bus travel more convenient. 

How do I get one? 

You can register for a key online, or pop into our travel shop at Highfield campus and register for one there.

How it works

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Follow the steps below to get your key, buy your tickets and start using it!

  1. Register online for free
  2. Allow 2 working days for your key to arrive in the post*
  3. Log in and purchase your tickets
  4. Wait 48 hours for your product to be loaded
  5. Enjoy travelling with the key on Bluestar and enjoy added savings withkey benefits!

what tickets are available?

see our fares page for full details. You will need to choose the correct ticket for the zone you wish to travel in.  We have three zones, Southampton zone, Southampton plus zone and our Network zone which allows travel on our sister companies including Bluestar, Salisbury Reds and more bus. View our zone map here.


Keep me, don't bin me! 

Please look after your key and don’t throw it away. You can use the same key card time and time again by topping up online! Your first key is free, but you may be charged up to £5 for every additional card.

Peace of mind for you...

The key is so much more secure than paper tickets – if your card is lost or stolen we can cancel it and send you a new one with any remaining travel transferred to your new card.

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Key benefits gives you discounted rates at shops & restaurants across Southampton! Check out our key benefits discounts here.