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Frequently asked questions

General

Can I sign up for news updates?

Yes, you can sign up to our news updates on the homepage of the Solent Go website.

Is Solent Go the same as Oyster?
No, Oyster is a scheme run by Transport for London. Solent Go uses similar technology, but it does not have the same functions and features as the Oyster scheme.
What does the ITSO logo stand for?

ITSO is the UK body responsible for the smart ticketing specification. More information can be found on the ITSO website. 

Click here for the ITSO website. 

How long will my Solent Go card last for?

If cared for, your card should last for at least 5 years. 

You can care for your card by following these tips:

  • Keep your card in a protective wallet in its own section;
  • Don’t bend the card. Card readers cannot read bent or cracked cards reliably; 
  • Don’t wash, scratch or write on your card; and
  • Don’t punch a hole in your card.
I am a business and wish to offer Solent Go to my staff.

For information tailored to your business, fill out the contact form and we’ll be pleased to help.

Click here to contact us. 

Is the website safe?

Yes. The website is compliant with best practice for the secure processing of both information and payments.

How do I submit a complaint or suggestion?

Please use the contact form at the bottom of the support page. All complaints and suggestions must be submitted using the online form. 

If your complaint or suggestion relates to a particular bus or ferry operator please contact them directly. Full contact details can be found on the travel information pages of the Solent Go website.

Click here to contact us.

Can I still purchase a paper Solent Travelcard?

Solent Go is the new name for the Solent Travelcard.

A one day and seven day Solent Region paper ticket valid for bus travel only is still available to purchase from any participating bus operator, just ask your driver.

Where can I download the Solent Go app for Android?

You can download the Solent Go app for Android on the Google play store.

Why is my Solent Go app for Android not working?

Check you have an Android enabled device running Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.x) or later, capable of using Near Field Communication (NFC).

Ensure your device has an NFC reader and that you have this enabled.

My device doesn't read my travel card using the Solent Go app for Android.

Ensure your device has an NFC reader and that you have this enabled. as this is required in order for the travelcard to be detected.

Check you are holding your travelcard to the correct part of your device. The location varies on different devices so if you are unsure check with the manufacturer.

Is there an Apple app I can use to load my purchased tickets onto my Solent Go travelcard?

We try to make purchasing and loading tickets onto your Solent Go travelcard as simple as possible. Currently the technology does not exist with Apple based products but we do have an Android app that can be used for this purpose. Click here to find out more.

Fares

What tickets can I purchase?

Full ticket information can be found on the fares section of the Solent Go website.

Click here for fares information. 

How much do tickets cost?

Full pricing details can be found on the fares section of the Solent Go website.

Click here for fares information. 

I’m a student / child, do you offer discounted tickets?

Not at the moment. We are exploring introducing other tickets in the near future.

Is there an electronic cash purse option? (pay as you go)

Not at the moment. It is something we are currently exploring further. 

How long are bus tickets valid for?

Bus tickets are valid for a set number of consecutive days.

Your ticket will activate upon first use.

Is there a family ticket?

Not at the moment. 

How long is my Red Funnel ticket valid for?
  • Red Funnel Ro Ro - 2 Trips: Valid for 10 days from purchase
  • Red Funnel Hi Speed - 2 Trips: Valid for 10 days from purchase
  • Red Funnel Ro Ro - 14 Trips: Valid for 35 days from purchase
  • Red Funnel Hi Speed - 14 Trips: Valid for 35 days from purchase
  • Red Funnel Ro Ro - 56 Trips: Valid for 95 days from purchase
  • Red Funnel Hi Speed - 56 Trips: Valid for 95 days from purchase

Lost, stolen & faulty cards

My card has never worked?

Please contact us using the contact us section of the Solent Go website.

Click here to contact us. 

My travelcard only sometimes works?

If your travelcard has become damaged it may be necessary to order a replacement. If your travelcard does not appear to be visibly damaged please contact us. 

If your travelcard is damaged you will need to pay for a replacement. This can be ordered by logging into your account. 

If you would like to have your travelcard tested you can go to any of First’s travel shops, location in Southampton, Portsmouth and Fareham.

Click here to contact us. 

How do I cancel and/or replace my travelcard?

You can only cancel and replace your travelcard if you have registered your travelcard online.

To cancel a travelcard log in to your online account and click on 'Hotlist' next to your card number. You will be asked if you want to order a replacement. On confirmation of this you will need to pay £2 using a credit or debit card.

Click here to login to your online account.

How long will it take to get a replacement travelcard?

Up to 5 working days. 

How much does a replacement travelcard cost?

A replacement travelcard costs £2. This covers the travelcard and postage to your registered address. 

Will my ticket(s) still be on my replacement travelcard?

If you have purchased a bus ticket which is valid for longer than a week (7 days) your ticket(s) will be reissued on a new travelcard. Unfortunately we cannot extend the expiry date to account for the time taken to print and post your replacement travelcard. 

If you have purchased a ferry ticket, we will be able to reissue the travelcard with any remaining trips. 

Because of the delay to print and post a replacement travelcard, we will only reissue tickets that have 10 or more days remaining until they expire (not applicable to ferry tickets). 

Travel information

How do I use my travelcard?

Your travelcard is a smart travelcard. When travelling you will need to place your travelcard on the travelcard reader. Most equipment will emit an audible noise to let you know when you can remove your travelcard. Some equipment also has a green and red light.

If your travelcard fails to read it could be for a number of reasons:

  • Do you have a valid ticket to travel?
  • Have up uploaded your top up or new ticket to your Solent Go travelcard using the collection method you have selected when you purchased the ticket?
  • Have you waited the necessary length of time if you topped up online?
  • Is your travelcard damaged?

If you remove your travelcard too quickly from the reader, it is possible that any tickets purchased online may not have been added to your travelcard. Please be patient as this process can sometimes take a few seconds.

Equipment to read your travelcard can be found at the following locations:

Buses: 

Travelcard readers can be found at the front of the bus and are located next to the driver. Please ask the driver if you need any further assistance.

Some bus operators may provide you with a paper receipt.

Ferry / Hovercraft: 

Travelcard readers are located close to the point of boarding. These will either be fixed to a wall or could be portable and held by a member of staff. As you would on a bus, it is important that you place your travelcard on the reader.

Some ferry operators may provide you with a paper receipt or a boarding pass.

Where can I view timetable information?

Limited travel information can be found on the Solent Go website. 

For full timetable information please visit Traveline or the My Journey website where there is a comprehensive journey planner tool. 

Click here for travel information.

Where can I travel with Solent Go?

Where you can travel depends upon the type of ticket you have purchased.

  • Bus operator zones include a Solent region zone and two smaller city zones for Southampton and Portsmouth.
  • Ferry tickets provide travel between two points e.g. Gosport and Portsmouth.

Maps and boundary information can be found on the travel information pages of the Solent Go website.

Click here for maps and boundary information.

How can I use the City Car Club?

Solent Go has teamed up with the City Car Club to enable you to use your Solent Go travelcard to access their vehicles.

If you are interested in adding this function to your travelcard you need to tick the box as part of the signup process.  There are additional charges payable to City Car Club and someone will telephone you to complete your application. 

All annual membership fees and other charges are payable to City Car Club directly.

Further information can be found on the travel information pages of the Solent Go website. 

Click here for more information on the City Car Club. 

Is bus travel on the Isle of Wight included?

No. Bus travel on the Isle of Wight is not currently included. 

Will my travelcard work with another ITSO scheme?

In the future this is likely, but for now the Solent Go travelcard is specific to this scheme. 

Which bus operators accept Solent Go?
  • Bluestar
  • Emsworth & District
  • First Hampshire 
  • Stagecoach South
  • Unilink
  • Wheelers
  • Xelabus
Which bus services are excluded?

Certain bus services are excluded: 

  • All services for which no fare is charged;
  • All Park and Ride Services;
  • All Rail Replacement Bus Services;
  • All football specials;
  • All night services for which a premium fare is charged and which commence journeys between the hours of 0100 and 0359 inclusive;
  • All locally registered long distance, National Express, Megabus or similar services;
  • All sightseeing tour bus services;
  • Stagecoach 737, 747 and Peter Symonds Service; and 
  • First S3, S4 and S5.
Which ferry operators can I use?
  • Gosport Ferry
  • Hovertravel
  • Hythe Ferry
  • Red Funnel - coming soon
  • Wightlink - coming soon
Can I add a rail ticket?

Not at the moment. We are working to try and offer a local rail add-on ticket in the near future.

Where can I view information on the bus stop boundaries?

You can view full bus stop boundary information, including the name of the stop and NAPTAN number on the travel maps page. 

Click here for bus stop boundary information. 

Why do your maps not show specific bus routes?

The maps have been designed to provide information on the boundary of the scheme. More detailed bus stop boundary information can be found by downloading the bus stop boundary information sheet.

For specific timetable and bus route information please visit the relevant bus operator website, or why not try using the My Journey Journey Planner?

Buying tickets & topping-Up

Can I use my Southampton City Council Smartcities card?

We are currently testing this to make sure everything is working before we go live. 

Can I get a refund on tickets purchased online?

Yes. If your tickets have not been used. Any refund will be subject to a £10.00 administration fee. A refund request must be submitted online using the contact form. All refunds will be issued by cheque and can take up to 30 days to issue. 

Click here to contact us. 

Can tickets be purchased in advance online?

Yes. Your tickets will activate upon first use.

How do I collect tickets recently purchased online?

Topped-up or newly added tickets

You can top up or add new ticket types to your Solent Go travelcard here.

Topping up your Solent Go travelcard means buying the same types of tickets online that were previously on your travelcard.

Adding a new ticket means adding a new ticket type online to the travelcard which was previously not on your travelcard.

Buying tickets online does not automatically load them to your travelcard – this is a separate process. 

If you wish to add tickets for a different bus zone or ferry operator to your existing Solent Go travelcard in the future, you can buy these online and upload them onto your Solent Go travelcard using the Solent Go app or a ferry ticket vending machine. You can also buy some types of tickets on a bus, at a travel shop, or at a participating ferry ticket office which will be uploaded onto your Solent Go travelcard.

If you have selected to upload your top up or new ticket using the Solent Go app or a ferry ticket vending machine, you will be able to upload these onto your Solent Go travelcard within a few minutes after having purchased the ticket online.

If you have selected to upload top up tickets for Gosport Ferry or Hythe Ferry or Hovertravel at point of boarding or have selected to upload your top up bus tickets at any of the participating four bus operators, we recommend leaving 24 hours between topping up online and travelling, however in most cases you can top up by 9pm the night before you want to use your ticket and it will be ready to use the next day. This is to allow our equipment to receive this information overnight and to ensure the top up occurs successfully when you use your travelcard.

There are a variety of collection methods available to upload top up or newly added tickets to your existing Solent Go travelcard. Here is a list of where and how tickets can be uploaded to your existing travelcard. The Solent Go Android app will be available for uploads from 15 June 2015.

1) Solent Region or Southampton City Bus Tickets

You can upload New Tickets to your existing Solent Go card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine (at Gosport, Hythe and Wightlink Ferries)

and

You can upload Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go card:

  • On Emsworth & District Bus
  • On Wheelers Bus
  • On Xelabus
  • Bluestar Bus
  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine (at Gosport, Hythe and Wightlink Ferries)

Please note that the above bus companies are the only ones which can upload Top Up Tickets and the time period starts from the time it is uploaded. After the ticket is loaded it can then be used with the other participating operators.

2)    Portsmouth City Bus Tickets

You can upload New and Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go Card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine (at Gosport, Hythe and Wightlink Ferries)

3) Hovertravel

You can upload New Tickets to your existing Solent Go Card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app

and

You can upload Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go card: 

  • At Hovertravel (point of boarding)
  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app

4) Hythe Ferry

You can upload New Tickets to your existing Solent Go Card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine

and

You can upload Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go card: 

  • At Hythe Ferry (point of boarding)
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine
  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app

5) Gosport Ferry

You can upload New Tickets to your existing Solent Go Card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine

and

You can upload Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go card:

  • At Gosport Ferry (point of boarding)
  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine

6) Wightlink

You can upload New and Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go Card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app
  • On a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine

7) Red Funnel

You can upload New and Top Up Tickets to your existing Solent Go Card:

  • Through the Solent Go NFC Android app

General information about uploading tickets

If you have access to an Android Smartphone with Near Field Communication (NFC) you can download the Solent Go application to collect your ticket(s) and add them to your Solent Go travelcard.

If you are unlikely to travel with one of the bus operators above to upload bus top ups, we strongly recommend that you purchase your travel tickets from your most frequently used operator.

A range of travel tickets are also available to purchase directly from participating operators - details of the operators can be found under the travel information section.

Please be aware that you will need to leave your card on the card reader or validator equipment for slightly longer when you are first loading a top up made online. This is necessary to allow the card to fully update.

Why can I not load my tickets purchased online with every participating operator?

We are working towards this being possible.

How long does it take to load a new ticket(s) purchased online onto my existing travelcard?

If you have selected to upload your top up or new ticket using the Solent Go app or a ferry ticket vending machine, you will be able to upload these onto your Solent Go travelcard within a few minutes after having purchased the ticket online. 

If you have selected to upload top up tickets for Gosport Ferry or Hythe Ferry or Hovertravel at point of boarding or have selected to upload your top up bus tickets at any of the participating four bus operators, we recommend leaving 24 hours between topping up online and travelling, however in most cases you can top up by 9pm the night before you want to use your ticket and it will be ready to use the next day. This is to allow our equipment to receive this information overnight and to ensure the top up occurs successfully when you use your travelcard.

Alternatively, if you already have a Solent Go travelcard, you can top up on bus, at a participating travel shop or a ferry ticket office. Your tickets will then be added to your travelcard.

A one day Solent Go paper ticket valid for bus travel only is available to purchase from any participating bus operator, just ask your driver.

Can I use my Solent Go travelcard to buy a ticket from another website?

No. Your card can only be used on the Solent Go website.

Can ferry tickets be bought for bicycles or motorcycles?

We are working towards this being possible. 

Can I still purchase a paper Solent Travelcard?

Solent Go is the new name for the Solent Travelcard.

One day and seven day Solent Region paper tickets valid for bus travel only are still available to purchase from any participating bus operator, just ask your driver. Southampton and Portsmouth City tickets can only be purchased from the Solent Go website.

Can I get a refund on tickets purchased directly from a bus or ferry operator?

Tickets purchased directly from a bus or ferry operator cannot be refunded by Solent Go. Please contact the operator directly to enquire about their refund policy.

What is happening to my discounted staff Solent Travelcard?

The discounted staff Solent Travelcard issued as a paper ticket will shortly be discontinued.

Should you wish to continue to benefit from discounted travel you will need to apply through your employer for a smart Solent Go travelcard.

Please contact your employer to find out more about the upcoming changes.

How do I top up online if I only use First, Unilink or Stagecoach?

If you have a Solent Go branded smart travelcard you cannot presently load tickets purchased online to your existing travelcard with First Hampshire, Unilink or Stagecoach.

If you have access to an Android Smartphone with Near Field Communication (NFC) you can download the Solent Go app to collect your ticket(s) and add them to your Solent Go travelcard if you select this method when purchasing them online.

You can also select to collect your top up or new ticket from a Ferry Ticket Vending Machine.

Topped up tickets purchased from the Solent Go website which you have chosen to be uploaded on a bus can currently only be loaded onto your travelcard with the following operators:

  • Xelabus
  • Emsworth & District
  • Wheelers
  • Bluestar Bus

You can purchase a 1 day or 7 day Solent Go bus travel paper ticket directly from the driver with most of the participating operators.

I have uploaded a bus ticket but the expiry date has not changed on my Solent Go card?

If you already have a bus ticket on your card which is still valid the expiry date will not change. Your new bus ticket should show in the ‘Number of Stored Passes’ section as 1

Your new ticket will only be activated when your current ticket has expired and the card is presented on a bus ticket machine.

How do I buy a Solent Go mobile ticket?

To buy your new Solent Go mobile tickets simply follow the instructions below.

Go to the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone and download the mobile ticket apps for Bluestar, First or Stagecoach.

Go to ‘buy tickets' and click on Solent Go travelcards

Day and weekly* tickets are available. Click on your preferred choice.

  • Solent Regional 
  • Portsmouth City 
  • Southampton City 

Follow the instructions (you'll need to register) and pay for your Solent Go travelcard with a credit or debit card. It’s that simple.

When you're ready travel you’ll need to activate your ticket. Show it to the driver on your smartphone when you board the bus and off you go.  

With Solent Go you can travel on most bus operator services in South Hampshire.

Operator specific instructions can be found using the links below -

Solent Go app for Android

What can I do with the Solent Go app for Android?

The Solent Go app allows you to upload your tickets to your Solent Go travelcard using a compatible Android phone/ tablet computer.

How can I check that I have successfully uploaded tickets using the Solent Go app for Android?

When you have uploaded your ticket and put your card back onto the app to be read, it should state the following: 

  • the product you have uploaded 
  • If you have uploaded a bus ticket: ‘Number of Stored Passes’: 1
  • For ferry tickets: number of trips

Signing up & personal details

How do I sign up?

Follow the buy tickets link from the homepage of the Solent Go website.

Click here to buy tickets.

I need to change my address or update my personal details?

You will be able to update your address and other personal information by accessing your online account.

Solent Go staff are unable to update your personal information. 

Click here to login to your online account. 

Why should I register my travelcard on the Solent Go website?

Registering your travelcard will allow you to top up your card online. It will also allow you to report a lost, damaged or stolen travelcard and order a replacement. 

Click here to register your travelcard. 

What happens if I forget my login details?

Please use the reset function on the Solent Go login page.

Click here to reset your password. 

How is my personal data stored?

Personal data that is collected for the purpose of registering for a Solent Go travelcard is held on behalf of Solent Transport by Unicard Ltd. Unicard Ltd is registered with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purpose of processing personal data in the performance of its legitimate business.  Any information held by Unicard on behalf of Solent Transport or its commercial partners will be securely processed and stored in compliance with the principles set out in the Act.

What do you use my personal data for?

Your data is kept confidential and is not shared with anyone other than those you have agreed to share your data with when you signed up.

Click here for full scheme terms and conditions. 

I need to register a travelcard?

If you have been provided with a travelcard at an event, or been issued with a travelcard at a ferry operator ticket office or ticket vending machine you can register your travelcard on the Solent Go website. 

Click here to register your travelcard. 

Can I manage multiple accounts under one name?

It is possible to add an additional travelcard by logging into your account and selecting ‘purchase a new travelcard’ from the main account management page.

If you already have two separate accounts registered you will need to contact us so we can link them together manually.

When contacting us you will need to provide the following information:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Email address
  • Card number
  • Your unique security question answer

Click here to contact us.

Benefits

What benefits does the card bring?
  • The card currently covers both bus and ferry travel 
  • The card makes it easy to hop-on and hop-off public transport
  • The card avoids you needing to carry the correct change or multiple paper tickets
What discounts are available?

We are working to provide a range of discounts and offers to local attractions, more information can be found on the offers and attractions page of the Solent Go website. 

Click here for a range of discounts and offers. 

If you need further assistance, please click here to contact us