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unlock the potential with the key 


Welcome to our key page, introducing our smartcard and a great way of buying and using tickets to travel on our buses. Its cheaper too, you can save over 20% on ticket prices when you have a key.   

watch our key video here

*If you are under 19 - please telephone 01202 678100 to register for a key (you cannot register online)*

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How the key works

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

  1. Order a key 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 with key benefits!
*This should take no longer than 2 working days. If you key does not arrive, please email thekey@bluestarbus.co.uk


Here is a summary of period pass prices, so you can see how much you can save!


Don't forget we have three different priced zones:

Southampton, Southampton plus and Network

view our zone map here



Other tickets available on the key

Multi-trip tickets available in the Southampton Zone

This is a cheaper way of buying single journeys, and the more you buy the more you save. Each time you put your key on the reader one journey is deducted.







Southampton dayrider

This is a cheaper way of buying dayriders, and the more you travel, the more you save. Each time you put your key on the reader a dayrider is validated for the duration of the day, for unlimited travel within the Southampton zone.

You don't even need to use all your dayriders on consecutive days, they are saved for whenever you want to use them.






Already got a Key? Register it here!

Been given a key? Bought one from the Bluestar shop? Register it with your details on the link below.


Register a key


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.


Got a question? See if our key FAQ page can help.



Solent Go Travelcard

If you need to tra vel on more than one operator to get to work or visit friends don't forget there is the Solent Go smartcard.  

This can be registered for here 


You can buy day tickets if you don't travel regulary or weekly passes if you're a frequent traveller.


Solent Region tickets  
1 day £8
7 day £38
28 day £100
Southampton City tickets  
1 day £5
7 day £20
28 day £65



The pass is valid for services in the South Hampshire area on any Bluestar, Unilink, more, First, Velevt Bus, Stagecoach, Brijan Tours, Emsworth and District bus. And for Hover and ferry travel too!

If you already have a Bluestar or Unilink key card, you can purchase Solent Go tickets via our key portal and these can be added to your key. Add your Solent Go ticket to your Bluestar/unilink key here.