Go-Ahead bus services running over the Christmas period

At Go-Ahead, we know the importance of being able to visit family and friends over the Christmas Period. That’s why we operate some of our local bus routes, particularly those serving hospitals and airports, 365 days of the year.

Catching a lift with Santa Claus may not be an option for everyone, so we want to make sure you can get where you need to go. See below to find out which routes are running on Christmas Day, and please check the individual bus company websites for more details.

Christmas Eve

All our bus companies are operating as normal on Christmas Eve, though some services are finishing earlier than the rest of the year. Please check your journey if you plan to travel later on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day

Bluestar: Special service on Bluestar 18 between Thornhill, City Centre, Millbrook and Southampton General Hospital.

morebus: The m1 and m2 will be running to a special timetable on Christmas Day and will be extended to Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch.

Southern Vectis: Routes 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be in service and running to a special timetable.

Metrobus: Fastway 10 will be running a special service to and from London Gatwick Airport.

Oxford Bus Company: The airline will be running a special service to and from London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport.

Boxing Day

Buses return to normal service but please check your journey as some limited services may apply.

For specific timetables, please check the individual operating company’s website. Links to the Christmas timetables can be found below:


Brighton & Hove

Go North East




Oxford Bus Company

Plymouth City Bus

Salisbury Reds

Southern Vectis

From everyone at Go-Ahead, we hope you have an enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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About Go-Ahead

Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 29,000 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.


Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 5,200 buses, we carry over two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. Outside London, we operate services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and north east England. In September 2016, the Group began operating a bus contract in Singapore, on behalf of the Land Transport Authority.


The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for over 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southeastern and London Midland.


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