Our smartcard - theKey - is a secure way of buying bus tickets to use on bluestar and unilink in and around Southampton. You can top-up your key with bus tickets safely & securely online. It only takes 3 hours for your online ticket to load and then your key is ready for use on the bus. You can also top-up your key at our bluestar travel shop.
Already got a key - top up here
how thekey works...
- order your key here
- allow 2 working days for your key to arrive
- login into your account and buy your bus tickets at theKey portal
- wait 3 hours for your online bus ticket to load
- hold the key for 5 seconds on the ticket machine to activate, just wait for the green light!
- enjoy travelling & saving with the key!
tickets available on the key
Start saving today. Take a look at ticket prices on the key.
already got a key?
Register your details to your key, so you can top-up online. Registering thekey also ensures that should you lose it we can transfer any remaining bus tickets onto a replacement card for you.
don't bin me!
Don’t throw it away. You can use the same key card time and time again.
There is a £5 admin charge for replacement cards.