Public transport

Basingstoke is well served by public transport, both bus and rail.

Plan your journey

You can download local public transport guides, timetables and maps by visiting Hampshire County Council’s public transport webpages.


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.

The table below provides information on approximate journey times to selected destinations from Basingstoke, however allowances should be made for unforeseen delays.

View the disabled access guide for Basingstoke Railway Station

Travelling to/from Using Expected journey time
Central London Rail direct (Waterloo)
Rail direct (Victoria)
Road (Charing Cross - congestion charging zone)
48 minutes
59 minutes
80 minutes
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)
75 minutes
80 minutes
Gatwick Airport Road (via M3, M25, M23)
Rail (via Clapham Junction)
66 minutes
81 minutes
Southampton Airport Road (via M3, M27)
Rail (Southampton Airport Parkway)
37 minutes
34 minutes
Bournemouth Airport Road (via M3, M27, A31)
71 minutes
125 minutes


Most local bus services in the borough are operated by Stagecoach. The 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.

Operators such as Newbury and District Buses run bus services on other routes. 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.

View the disabled access guide for Basingstoke Bus Station

PLUSBUS ticket

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.

Taxishares and Carshares in Hampshire

A taxishare is similar to a bus service only a taxi 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 require advance booking and 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 and register please call the Hampshire County Council (HCC) Community Transport Team on 01962 846785.


Basingstoke Council also licenses Hackney Carriages (taxis) and private hire operators, which provide individual journeys. For further information, visit the Hackney Carriages Licensing webpages.

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