The 6 links the South coast's biggest city with the main towns of the millennium-old New Forest. It's operated by Go Ahead's Bluestar are runs every hour Mon-Sat daytimes and every 2 hours on Sunday daytimes. See more bus routes in the South East here. See more routes in the South West here.
You can catch the 6 from stops BS, AJ and AL in central Southampton:
Here's stop BS, outside the West Quay shopping centre:
At Southampton Central railway station, the 6 serves stop SB towards Lymington. Inbound buses drop you off at stop SA:
Here is stop SB for buses towards Lymington, with Central Station in the background:
Here are a few ideas of things to see and do in Southampton:
The main stops served by the 6 are marked in blue:
One stop along from the railway station is the main stop for buses towards Lymington, opposite St Theresa's Church:
This is the main stop for buses towards Southampton, also on Commercial Road:
The 6 serves New Road and Southampton Road (the A35) in Ashurst:
These are the main stops at Ashurst Post Office, towards Lymington on the left and towards Southampton on the right:
On the parade of shops in the background of that picture is the well regarded Herb Pot Bistro, just next to the Post Office. Why not drop in for a bite to eat?
In the administrative centre of the New Forest, the 6 serves the following roads:
The main stop for buses to Lymington is outside the Lyndhurst Park Hotel on High Street, on the right hand side of this picture:
You can use the stop opposite for Southampton-bound buses, or you could use this stop, outside the Crown Hotel on the one-way system:
See the New Forest's official tourist website to discover all there is to see and do in the region.
Here in Lyndhurst, pop into the New Forest Centre to find out all about the National Park.
Here's the route taken by the 6 in Brockenhurst:
Buses towards Lymington use this stop on Brookley Road, opposite the Foresters Arms:
Buses in both directions serve the forecourt of Brockenhurst Railway Station, stopping adjacent to Platform 1:
If you fancy lunch in Brockenhurst, then why not give Bistro 26 on Lyndhurst Road a go? If you plan to have an evening meal here, don't forget there is no evening service on the 6, so you'll need to catch the train home.
Or if it's just a snack you're after, try Rosie Lea Tea House & Bakery on Brookley Road:
Here are the stops used by the 6 in Lymington. Please note that the Bus Station will soon be closing for redevelopment:
Here is the main stop on High Street for buses towards Southampton:
Here are a couple of places to visit whilst you're in Lymington:
See the full timetable on Bluestar's website.
Here are your links for live scheduled departure times from major stops towards Lymington:
- Southampton, West Quay, stop BS
- Southampton Central Station, stop SB (temporary stop during roadworks)
- Totton, St Theresa's Church
- Ashurst, Post Office
- Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst Park Hotel
- Brockenhurst Railway Station
...and back towards Southampton:
- Lymington Bus Station, stand C
- Lymington, High Street, Post Office
- Brockenhurst Railway Station
- Lyndhurst, Crown Hotel
- Ashurst, Post Office
- Totton, Shopping Precinct
Bluestar publish some sample single fares for each of their routes. While not covering all possible journeys, they do give you a good idea of how much a single or return ticket will cost. An adult single from Southampton to Lymington is £6.
The cheapest day ticket that is valid for travel throughout route 6 is the Network Dayrider at £7.20, which is valid across the full Bluestar network and also on Unilink buses in Southampton. It also acts as a day return price cap ticket for most journeys on the 6.
If you're planning to travel further afield, using buses operated by More, Salisbury Reds or Damory (all of them also owned by Go Ahead) as well as Bluestar and Unilink, then you need the Explorer ticket at £8.50.
There are a few cheaper day tickets that are valid for part of the 6's route, but not all the way to Lymington:
- Bluestar Southampton Plus Dayrider: £5.60 - valid from Southampton to Rushington Roundabout
- Bluestar Southampton Dayrider: £3.60 - valid from Southampton to Redbridge Roundabout
- Solent Travelcard: £7.50 - multi-operator ticket valid from Southampton to Ashurst on the 6
Plusbus Southampton is only valid as far as Redbridge Roundabout, making it not much use on the 6.
Not to scale. Only major routes and destinations are shown.
See a map of all bus services in the City of Southampton here. Major connecting bus services from Southampton City Centre include:
- First 4/4A/X4 to Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth
- Brijan Tours 7 to Bishops Waltham
- Bluestar 2 to Eastleigh
- Bluestar 1 to Winchester
- Bluestar 4 to Romsey
You can also catch ferries to Hythe or the Isle of Wight.
Change at Totton for the following major routes:
- Salisbury Reds X7 to Salisbury (where else?!)
- Bluestar 8/9 to Hythe (change at Rushington Roundabout as the 9 doesn't serve Totton town centre)
From Lymington, you can connect with More X1/X2 towards Christchurch and Bournemouth or you can catch a ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
See Hampshire County Council's full public transport map and their New Forest travel guide here.
The 6 passes close to the following railway stations:
The only real alternative to the 6 is the train. South West Trains provide the local rail service. Passengers for Lymington will need to change at Brockenhurst. See the timetable for the Lymington line here and for the main line between Brockenhurst and Southampton Central here. An adult single ticket between Southampton Central and Lymington Town is £8.20, an off-peak day return (travel after 0845 weekdays, anytime weekends) is £8.40. Check other train fares here.
All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.
For news updates on bus routes of all operators in the Greater Southampton region, including the 6, see our sister blog, Southampton Bus Update.