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Photo of the key on a ticket machineOur 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...

  1. order your key here
  2. allow 2 working days for your key to arrive  
  3. login into your account and buy your bus tickets at theKey portal
  4. wait 3 hours for your online bus ticket to load 
  5. hold the key for 5 seconds on the ticket machine to activate, just wait for the green light!
  6. enjoy travelling & saving with the key!

tickets available on the key

Start saving today. Take a look at ticket prices on the key.

dayrider prices

period pass prices

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.

register a key

don't bin me!

Don’t throw it away. You can use the same key card time and time again. Your first key is free, but you may be charged up to £5 for every replacement card.


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