This page is designed to help bus enthusiasts with their observations and photographs of the local Southampton area. If you wish to find actual bus timetables for each route, please visit the First Hampshire website.

Last Updated: 2nd January 2017

Route Number

Ultimate Destinations

Passing Frequency Any notable interworking?

Depot that operates route...

Usual Bus Allocation Approximate PVR (from enthusiasts, not official figures!)

Good Photography locations

(AM) or (PM) indicates the easiest time for the sun

1 Southampton - Lords Hill & Adanac Park Central Station, Shirley Mon-Sat every 30mins

No Sunday service

- Empress Road Dennis Trident / Volvo B7TL (usually double decks) PVR 3 City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM), Central Station (AM), Shirley high street possible but difficult due to level of traffic
City Red 2 Southampton - Millbrook Central Station, Shirley Mon-Sat every 7 minutes

Sunday every 15 minutes

- Empress Road '14' plate Wright Streetlite

47602, 47607-12

PVR 10-12  City (Pound Tree Road, Vincent's Walk), Central Station (AM), Shirley high street possible but difficult due to level of traffic, Millbrook (Kendal Avenue)
The 3 Lords Hill - Thornhill General Hospital, Shirley, Central station, City Centre, Woolston, Sholing Mon-Sat every 7 to 8 minutes

Sunday every 20 minutes

- Empress Road Branded as "The 3"

Volvo B7RLE 69385-401

occasionally Streetlite/Enviro.

PVR 18 Thornhill (various times of day), City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM), Central Station (AM), Shirley high street possible but difficult due to level of traffic, Millbrook (Kendal Avenue)
Solent Ranger

X4

Southampton - Portsmouth (The Hard) Woolston, Lowford, Locks Heath, Fareham, Portchester, M275, Portsmouth city centre Mon-Sat 30mins 

Sun hourly - extends to Southsea Clarence Pier

X4 interworks with the X5 Hoeford Wright Streetlite Max 

"Solent Ranger"

PVR 13-15 - extras at peak. Buses interwork in Southampton. Southampton (West Quay), Woolston link road, Locks Heath centre, Fareham Hartlands Road/ bus station, Portchester Precinct, Portsmouth City Centre, Bishop Crispian Way/Queen St, The Hard
Solent Ranger

X5

Southampton - Gosport Woolston, Lowford, Warsash, Locks Heath, Fareham, Stubbington, Lee on Solent Mon-Sat 30mins 

Sun hourly

X4 interworks with the X5 Hoeford Wright Streetlite Max 

"Solent Ranger"

Southampton (West Quay), Woolston link road, Warsash clock tower (AM), Locks Heath centre (AM), Fareham Hartlands Road/ bus station, Stubbington Green, Lee (seafront), Lee (West St AM), Gosport South St and bus station (PM)
6 Southampton - Hamble Woolston, Butlocks Heath, Netley Daily every 30minutes - Empress Road Wright Streetlite (usually the unbranded City Red examples or 47671/2) PVR 3 City (PM Vincent's Walk), Woolston link (AM), Butlocks Heath (AM), Netley (AM), Hamble (AM or late PM)
City Red 7 Southampton - Townhill Park & Midanbury RSH Hospital, Portswood, St Denys, Bitterne Triangle Mon-Sat every 7/8 minutes

Sunday every 15minutes

- Empress Road '15' plate Wright Streetlites - 47670, 47686-95 PVR 9 City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM), Portswood Broadway (midday), Portswood St Denys Road (midday). 

The bus does a circular around Townhill Park & Midanbury, so photos available at various times of the day. 

8 Southampton - Hedge End railway station

extended to Botley during the evenings

Northam, Bitterne, West End, Hedge End superstores Daily every 30 minutes - Empress Road Mercedes-Benz Citaro or Volvo B7RLE largely. Occasionally will also have a Trident. PVR 4 City (Pound Tree Road AM), Bitterne (Lances Hill AM), Hedge End superstores (AM), Hedge End railway station (PM)
9 Southampton - Sholing Woolston, Northam, Bitterne Mon-Sat every 30minutes - Empress Road Mercedes-Benz Citaro or Volvo B7RLE largely. Occasionally will also have a Trident. PVR 2 City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM), Woolston link (AM), Bitterne (Lances Hill AM), Bursledon Road (late PM). The bus does a circular around Sholing, so photos available at different times of day. There are countryside backdrops available along Botley Road.
City Red 10 Southampton - Thornhill (Eastpoint Centre) Northam, Bitterne Mon - Sat - every 7 to 8 minutes

Sunday - every 15 minutes

- Empress Road '63' plate batch of Wright Streetlties - 47421-30 PVR 7 City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM), Bitterne (Lances Hill AM), Bursledon Road (late PM), Eastpoint Centre
City Red 11 Southampton - Weston Woolston Mon-Sat, every 7/8mins

Sundays, every 20mins

- Empress Road '14' plate Wright Streetlite - 47595-601 PVR 6 City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM), Woolston link (AM)
12 Southampton - Lordshill General Hospital, Millbrook (Kendal Ave), Shirley, Central Stn Mon - Sat, every 30 minutes

Sundays, hourly

- Empress Road Mercedes-Benz Citaro or Volvo B7RLE largely. Occasionally will also have a Trident. PVR 3 Millbrook (Kendal Ave, midday), Central Station (AM), City (Pound Tree Road AM, Vincent's Walk PM)
13 Southampton Central Station - Harefield City Centre, Woolston, Peartree, Bitterne, Harefield, Thornhill Mon-Sat, every 30 minutes - Empress Road Mercedes-Benz Citaro, Volvo B7TL or Dennis Trident PVR 2 Southampton Central (departing), City (Pound Tree Road, Vincent's Walk PM), Woolston link (AM), Bitterne village (AM or PM, not midday), approach to Thornhill (Eastpoint Centre) - not on bus stand.