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Buster’s Beach Bus – Open top bus routes 2021

Posted on: 30/03/2021

Yellow Busses are extremely pleased to announce the launch of their open top services in Bournemouth and Christchurch on Good Friday 2nd April 2021.

In 2019 we started operating open top buses again in the conurbation and carried 96,000 passengers between April and September. Around two thirds of these customers were concessions from BCP or Dorset. This proves that local residents love to get out and about and take a ‘seat with a view’ on our open top buses.

Full information can be found on our website:

Buster’s Beach Bus will run along the Bournemouth Coast from Alum Chine to Mudeford Quay. By travelling along this coastline, you can see the most fantastic views of Dorset from Old Harry Rocks to the west and the Hengistbury cliffs to the East. Travelling along the seafront through Southbourne on a bright day you can see the amazing ‘Needles’ rock formation and lighthouse on the Isle of Wight.

Two Routes
Buster’s Beach Bus is split into two routes, the longer route 11 from Bournemouth Pier to Hengistbury Head, Christchurch and Mudeford and the more frequent route 12, operating every hour every day between Alum Chine, Westbourne, The Westcliff Hotels, Bournemouth Pier, Eastcliff Hotels and Boscombe Pier (with some journeys extended to Hengistbury Head).

Simon Newport, Commercial Director for Yellow Buses said, ‘If you want to get out and about, feel the wind through your hair from the top deck of Buster’s Beach Bus with a return trip of two hours, route 12 is the one for you! Customers can also hop on hop off at the various beaches along the route as well.

If you are looking for more of a day out, then give route 11 a try! Travelling from Bournemouth Pier, customers can hop on and off along the route. We hope to be working with the BCP Council Parks department to offer a combined element on this service using the land train to Mudeford Spit, and the Beach Bus can pick you back up again at the bus stops for Mudeford Haven’.

Between Easter and Whitsun, route 11 will operate every 2 hours on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays. This means that Monday to Friday when the schools are open, route 11 will NOT operate, but that all changes at Whitsun.
Between Easter and Whitsun Route 12 will operate EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY, between Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier, Boscombe Pier and Hengistbury Head.

Extra buses from Whitsun
From Saturday 29th May route 11 will operate every day and route 12 will operate every 30 minutes every day.

Route 11 will operate Hourly from Saturday 29th May on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays. On Monday to Friday school days route 11 will operate every 2 hours. This will continue until Saturday 24th July when the service will operate every hour for the summer season.

Route 12 will operate every 30 minutes from Saturday 29th May through to Sunday 5th September. Route 12 will operate between Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier only. Journey time is roughly 45 minutes in either direction and represents the best and easiest journey for customers wishing to have a ‘nice’ trip on an open top bus.

These are the fares, a Buster’s Beach Bus Day ticket can be purchased from any Yellow Bus on any route. If you are boarding in Winton wishing to go into town and get on the Beach Bus, ask the driver on the number 5 for a Beach Bus ticket and your ticket is valid in zones AB all day!
Other fares are available on the service. A child ticket is valid for children up to their 16th birthday. A Group ticket is valid for any 5 people travelling together. English concessionary passes are valid on Buster’s Beach Bus.

For more information please visit our website at

Please come and get a seat with a view on Buster’s Beach Bus!

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