Basingstoke is well served by public transport, both bus and rail.
You can also download local public transport guides, timetables and maps by visiting Hampshire County Council’s public transport webpages. You can also visit our transport links webpage to find out more about transport operators.
If you are considering travel to and from Basingstoke, you may find the information in the table below useful. Detailed information on transport provision in the rest of the county can be found on Hampshire County Council's website.
Rail service providers include:
- South Western Railway, linking Basingstoke with Whitchurch, London and the South Coast
- First Great Western who provide services to the West Country as well as to and from Bramley and Reading
- CrossCountry offers other national routes, such as services to Birmingham. Manchester and Glasgow.
Please see below for information on approximate journey times to selected destinations from Basingstoke.
|Travelling to/from||Using||Expected journey time*|
|Central London|| Rail direct (Waterloo)
Rail direct (Victoria)
Road (Charing Cross - congestion charging zone)
|Eurostar terminal (London St Pancras)||Rail (via London Waterloo and London Underground||90 minutes|
|Heathrow Airport||Road (via M3, M25, M4)
Terminals 1 to 5 Rail (via Woking or Reading)
|Gatwick Airport||Road (via M3, M25, M23)
Rail (via Clapham Junction)
|Southampton Airport||Road (via M3, M27)
Rail (Southampton Airport Parkway)
|Bournemouth Airport||Road (via M3, M27, A31)
* Note: all journey times are approximate and allowance should be made for unforeseen delays.
Most local bus services in the borough are operated by Stagecoach in Hampshire. Operators such as Newbury & District Buses run services on other routes. The Stagecoach bus network covering the borough links to places such as Alton, Andover, Baughurst, Camberley, Tadley, Whitchurch and Winchester. There is no direct bus link to Reading. Visit the Stagecoach website for further information.
Stagecoach operates the Centre Shuttle service, linking Basingstoke Leisure Park with the Town Centre.
Details of other operators' timetables together with individual bus stop locations can be obtained by visiting Traveline South West website.
Alternatively you can check the times of the next three buses from any stop in Hampshire via your mobile phone. For details of how to do this and the charge you will incur, visit the txt4times website.
National Express services stop opposite the railway station providing direct services to Heathrow Airport, Bournemouth, Southampton and other UK destinations.
If you are travelling by bus and train, you may wish to consider using a PLUSBUS ticket. This is a discounted ticket allowing unlimited bus travel around town and is available when buying your train ticket. You pay for your complete journey in one easy transaction at the train station, or by phone. Further information can be found on the PLUSBUS website. In Basingstoke the participating operators are Newbury Buses and Stagecoach. PLUSBUS tickets are now accepted on the Basingstoke Centre Shuttle operated by Stagecoach.
Taxishares and Carshares in Hampshire
A taxishare/carshare is similar to a bus service only a taxi/private hire picks up passengers. These services are often put in place when a bus service no longer operates in the area. Find out which Taxishares and Carshares operate in the Basingstoke area.
All taxishares/carshares are bookable which means that to use them you must first book your place in the car. In order to register for this service please ring the Hampshire County Council (HCC) Community Transport Team on 01962 846786.
Most services run to a set timetable even if you are the only person who wants to travel. They won't run if nobody has booked.
Passengers get picked up from their home address or their nearest bus stop depending on which Taxishare/Carshare you use. You will then be dropped at a specific point.
To find out if you are eligible to use this service, call the HCC Community Transport Team on 01962 846786.
Basingstoke Council also licenses Hackney Carriages (taxis) and private hire operators, which provide individual journeys. For further information, visit the Hackney Carriages Licensing pages.