First Southampton

Important Service Update

First Southampton bus services will stop running in Southampton from Saturday 18 February 2023. - CityRed will stop on 18th Feb, First Solent (the X4/X5 to Portsmouth & Gosport via Fareham) will still continue to run after then. 

Routes Maps

First Southampton operates services between the city centre and local Southampton districts - including Bitterne, Lordshill, Portswood, Shirley, Sholing, Townhill Park, Woolston and Weston. Many of these services are branded as City Reds. They also operate a cross city frequent service to Southampton General Hospital and local towns including Hamble, Hedge End, Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth. See the full list of First Southampton maps for each route on their website.

First Southampton plan to run all current timetables and routes until Saturday 18 February 2023. However, if they do have to make any changes you can find more information here.

Ticket options

Full details for the First Southampton ticket options including daily, weekly, monthly and unlimited travel tickets can be found on the First Southampton website.

The First Bus App allows you to purchase a wide range of tickets in advance and simply scan your mobile ticket when you hop on board, avoiding the need to have the right change.

Contactless payment is also possible on board the First City Red buses with your contactless card, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Tickets will be valid on First Southampton CityRed services until Saturday 18 February 2023. However, the operator will stop selling some tickets during the run up to the last date. For example, they will stop selling monthly tickets a month before the end of service and weekly tickets a week before the end of service. Please do not buy any tickets that you will not have used by the 18th February 2023.