the key to your city

The key smartcard is a great way of buying travel on unilink and bluestar. You can yop-up your key with tickets safely and securely online. It only takes 3 hours for your online ticket to load and then your key is ready for use on the bus. You can also top-up your key on the bus and at the unilink travel shop. 


order your key

Follow the steps below to get your key, buy your tickets and start using it! 

  1. order your key here online
  2. allow 2 working days for your key to arrive in the post
  3. login and purchase your tickets on the key top-up site
  4. wait 3 hours for your online ticket to load onto the key
  5. hold the key for 5 seconds on the ticket machine to activate, anytime thereafter just wait for the green light!
  6. enjoy travelling & saving with the key!


already got a key? 

Register your details to your key, so that you can top-up online. Registering your key also insures that should you loose your key we can transfer any remaining tickets onto a replacement key.

register a key +


keep me - don't bin me!

Please look after your key and don’t throw it away. You can use the same key card time and time again. Your first key is free, but you may be charged up to £5 for every additional card.


key benefits

At bluestar we are always looking for ways to give you more than just a bus service, so we've teamed up with local companies to give you exclusive discounts on provision of your key.


take a look at your key benefits:


Frankie & Benny's

20% off the food bill

  Visit Frankie & Benny's, New York italian restaurant in Leisureworld, Southampton or the Swan Centre, Eastleigh and receive 20% off of the food bill.


La Fenice

10% off the A La Carte menu

  Hop on any of our Eastleigh bound buses including the bluestar 4, bluestar 5 & U1N to La Fenice, where you'll receive 10% off the a la carte menu.



10% off evening menu

Fancy a meal with a difference? Book your place at Aspire restaurant, which is run by City College, Southampton's Hospitality & Catering students. Take any of our Southampton city centre bound buses, and walk the short distance to Chapel Road.


La Tavernetta

20% off the bill

 Looking for contemporay Italian cuisine set in a relaxed environment? Then La Tavernetta is for you. Take any of our Southampton city bound buses, and walk the short distance to Civic Centre Road. (This offer cannot be used in        conjunction with any other offer).


the Arthouse gallery cafe

10% discount off food & drink

The Arthouse is an Art & Craft gallery funded by their not-for-profit organic cafe. Take a look at the arts & crafts and receive 10% off the food & drink at the Gallery Cafe. The Arthouse is located at 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton. Just hop on any of Southampton city centre bound buses and you're a short walk away.



10% off

Visiting Mayflower Theatre? Why not go for pre-theatre dining at Caffexpresso, which is just 2 minutes walk away at Nelson Gate, Frobisher House. Caffexpresso is a vibrant bistro that is also great for after work get togethers and special                                   meals for two.


Street Food Soul Cellar

10% off food & drink

Situated in the idependent music venue Sould Cellar, Street Food is the place to go for adventurous food from around the globe. Get to Street Food, Soul Cellar on any of our Southampton city centre bound buses, and receive 10% off food and drink (this cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer).


Nuffield Kitchen

10% off food & drink

If you're going to be watching a show at the Nuffield Theatre, why not grab a bite to eat at the Nuffield Kitchen. Get dropped outside of the Nuffield on any unilink bus.


the Chapter House

25% off A La Carte menu Sunday evening - Thursday

 15% off of hotel rooms when booked via this telephone number: 01722 41202

  Fancy going further afield? Catch the X7 to Salisbury for dining & rooms at the Chapter House, 9-13 John Street, Salisbury


Hawkin's Bazaar

10% discount on full price items

                 Receive 10% discount at everyone's favourite toy shop, Hawkin's Bazzar, situated in The Marlands, Southampton.



10% discount on full price items

                                Take a trip to the ultimate gadget shop, RED5 in West Quay Shopping Centre, and receive 10% discount.


Southampton Trophies & Engraving

15% discount

If you need anything engraved this is the place to go in Southampton. Get to Shirley on the bluestar 4 or bluestar 18.


kudos hair & beauty

10% off hair & beauty treatments

                                Pamper yourself with a wide range of beauty treatments available at hair & beauty, bought to you by the students of City College, Southampton.


New Forest Activities Booking Centre

10% off activities

Want an adventure filled day out in the New Forest? Get down to New Forest Activities Booking Centre, they'll help you arrange action packed fun and you'll receive 10


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