Buster's Beach Bus is back!

7 months ago Thu 11th Mar 2021

Take your seat with a view

We are excited to be bringing back open top buses for 2021, with two new open top bus routes starting on Friday 2nd April 2021 (Good Friday). These routes will provide easy access to some of the best views across the Dorset Coast!

The frequency of the routes will initially be lower and will increase as the summer progresses with the next uplift scheduled to start on Saturday 29th May 2021 (Whitsun). More details on the uplift will be available soon.

Easter open-top bus services - Buster's Beach Bus (Routes 11 and 12)

View the Easter timetable (2nd April - 28th May)

Route 11 - Bournemouth Pier to Mudeford

Open top buses on route 11 will travel to and from Bournemouth Pier, Boscombe Pier, Southbourne Beach, Hengistbury Head, Tuckton Bridge, Christchurch Bridges, Hoburne Holiday Park and Mudeford.

This service will initially operate every 2 hours on Saturday, Sundays, Bank Holidays and during School Holidays. It will not operate on weekdays during school terms until the Whitsun School Holidays.

Route 12 - Alum Chine to Boscombe Pier (with some journeys to Hengistbury Head)

We believe route 12 is the best way to experience an open top bus in Bournemouth! This service will initially operate every hour between Alum Chine, Westbourne, the Westcliff Hotels, Bournemouth Pier, East Cliff and Boscombe Pier (with some journeys extended to Hengistbury Head).

This route really does offer a ‘seat with a view’ where you can see the best views of the Dorset Coast from Old Harry Rocks to the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Route 12 will operate hourly every day of the week from Good Friday through to the Whitsun School Holidays from when it will then increase to operate every 30 minutes.

The end to end journey time on this service is just under 60 minutes (a round trip in 2 hours), so this really is the best way to get on board an open top bus in the area.

Yellow Buses open top bus by the beach

Buying your tickets

You will be able to buy your ticket as you board the bus with all of our buses accepting contactless payments. Alternatively, tickets will soon be available to purchase in advance on our mobile app.

Buster's Day Ticket

Buster's day tickets will be valid on routes 11/12 and all services within zone AB. This includes Poole, Christchurch, Castlepoint, Wimborne, Bournemouth Rail Station and Bournemouth Airport.

  Adult Child Group
1-day £6.40 £3.70 £15
2 days £9.50 £5.50 £20
3 days £12 £8 £22
  • Child tickets can only be purchased on the bus
  • A group ticket is valid for up to 5 people travelling together (any ages)
Single and return fare examples
  • Travelling from Boscombe Pier to Bournemouth Pier will be £4 single, and £4.50 return for adults
  • Travelling from Bournemouth Pier to Alum Chine will be £4 single, and £4.50 return for adults
  • Travelling from Alum Chine to Boscombe Pier will also be £4 single and £4.50 return.

Concessionary fares

Concessionary customers with passes showing the English Rose may travel for free on routes 11 and 12 after 09:30 (Monday to Friday). Unfortunately, concessionary passes from customers travelling from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not valid.