Days out in the New Forest, Hythe and the Waterside area made easier

Friday 03rd December 2021

Days out in the New Forest, Hythe and the Waterside area made easier thanks to new integrated travel ticket

  • The new Waterside Wanderer ticket has been launched, integrating local rail, bus and ferry services.
  • The new ticket costs just £13.50 and allows customers to access areas from Winchester to the New Forest.  

South Western Railway (SWR) and the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership, in partnership with other local public transport providers, have today a launched a new ticketing product that is set to make integrated travel in Hampshire much simpler and easier.

The new Waterside Wanderer Day Ranger ticket is now on sale and means that destinations such as Winchester, Romsey, Southampton, Hythe and the New Forest are all accessible for a day trip for only £13.50. This new multi-modal ticket uses standard, rather than heritage, railway lines and so opens a much wider area up to exploration.
         Waterside Wanderer ticket zone map


It includes unlimited off-peak rail travel within the ticket zone, unlimited travel on any Bluestar 8 or 9 bus, a return journey on the Quayconnect shuttle bus, one journey on the Unilink U1C bus, one journey on the Unilink U1A bus, a return journey on the Hythe Ferry and a return journey on the Hythe Pier Railway. Full details and conditions can be found on the leaflet here:

The Waterside Wanderer ticket is available from staffed ticket offices at any of the SWR stations shown on the ticket zone map, from the train guard, or it can be purchased in advance online directly from SWR at: and posted to you.

Nick Farthing, Chair of the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership and the driving force behind the new offer said: “This new product provides the mechanism for visiting the Waterside and adjacent New Forest without taking the car. It allows seamless travel on rail, bus and ferry with just one ticket, encouraging people to spend the day visiting attractions in the area, bringing much needed visitors to the area and in turn, supporting the local economy.” 

Peter Williams, SWR’s Commercial Director said:
“SWR is delighted to partner with the Three Rivers CRP, and other local transport providers to introduce this new initiative, making it easier than ever before for people to explore a spectacular area of our region without having to bring the car”.