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Go by train and then use the bus in town

PlusbusPLUSBUS is ideal for passengers who need to use buses at either end of their journey. Southern can offer a joint train and bus ticket which gives you unlimited bus travel, saves you time, could save you money and is much more convenient than buying your tickets separately.

PLUSBUS is available to purchase with your train ticket at any station ticket office, by phone or online in one easy purchase. No hassle, no worries just easy, convenient travel in 265 towns and cities across Britain.

PLUSBUS starts from as little as £2 a day and there are also 7-days, 1-month, 3-months and yearly tickets available too. See our table below showing typical savings.

Children (under 16 years of age) pay half the adult PLUSBUS day price, and some towns even have child season tickets. Railcard holders can also save one-third off the adult PLUSBUS day ticket price.

You can buy PLUSBUS add-ons with the following train tickets:

  • Singles, Day Returns, Period Returns (you will need to specify the date of the return journey), Season tickets

Save one-third off the PLUSBUS day ticket price. Available with the following Railcards:

  • 16-25 Railcard, Disabled Persons Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, HM Forces Railcard, Network Railcard (or Gold Card Equivalent), Senior Railcard

Subject to usual weekday peak period restrictions.

PLUSBUS Season tickets

PLUSBUS Season tickets are currently unavailable to buy online. We apologise for the inconvenience.

A PLUSBUS Season ticket saves you driving in rush hour traffic and hunting for a parking space at the station. Compared to the cost of station parking, PLUSBUS could typically save you around £50 a month! It's a great deal for your journey to work.

With a PLUSBUS Season ticket you can travel as much as you like! Use your PLUSBUS for journeys to work, the shops, leisure attractions and to visit your friends. You get the freedom and flexibility your busy lifestyle demands.

How much are PLUSBUS tickets?

PDF PLUSBUS 2017 fares (valid on the Southern Network between 2 Jan - 20 May 2017). 

Where to buy PLUSBUS tickets

Ask for PLUSBUS when buying your train ticket at:

  • Station ticket offices
  • By phone 08457 000 125
  • Or from selected Self-Service Ticket Vending machines

Remember that one rail station of your train journey must be located outside the relevant PLUSBUS travel zone.

Your PLUSBUS ticket will have '+BUS' printed after the name of your origin or destination station e.g. BRIGHTON+BUS. Simply show this ticket to the driver as you get on the bus.

For bus travel at the start of your journey, buy your PLUSBUS ticket in advance from a station, by phone or online (and have it posted to you).

Go anywhere

With PLUSBUS it's easy to know where you can go. There's just one zone covering the urban area. You can travel as much as you like on participating buses within this zone.

PLUSBUS on The Key Smartcard

PlusBus is also now available on the Southern Key Smartcard in the Brighton & Hove and Crawley areas. For more details please contact customer services on 03451 27 29 20, Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. Terms & Conditions apply.

How is PLUSBUS worth it?

  • Save time - buy tickets for your train & bus travel together
  • Great value - exclusive, discount price bus travel
  • Save money - Railcard holders get one-third off
  • Go anywhere - unlimited bus travel around town
  • It's more flexible - travel on all participating buses

PLUSBUS is cheaper and more convenient than buying a separate bus season ticket from the local bus company. PLUSBUS is usually valid on most bus operators in each town (not just the largest one).

Already got your rail season ticket? You can still buy a PLUSBUS ticket. Take your rail Season ticket to a ticket office and ask for a PLUSBUS ticket for 7-days, a month or 3-months up to the expiry date of your rail Season ticket.

For more information:

To check PLUSBUS ticket prices, to view zone maps showing where you can travel in each town, and details of participating bus operators visit:

For information about bus routes and times visit:

  • or call ‘traveline’ 0871 200 22 33, for information about bus routes and times, (calls from UK landlines cost 10p a minute).


Railcard discounts & PLUSBUS Season tickets are not available in Northern Ireland. For full details of PLUSBUS in Northern Ireland visit: