Christmas & New Year bus times

3 weeks ago Fri 13th Nov 2020

Image of Santa carrying his Christmas sack with text saying 'Christmas & New Year Bus Times'

Despite the year we've had, 'tis the season to be jolly and we want to make sure you make the most of the festive period! To help you plan your days out, get to work or go out with friends safely, here is a summary of how our services will be running over Christmas and New Year.

The m1/m2 will be running on Christmas Day and is again extended to Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch.

Our nightbus services remain suspended as a result of ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but we will be running as many of our other services as possible to keep you connected with loved ones.

Government advised local and national restrictions may change and we may need to amend our services at short notice. We will endeavour to keep you updated using our website and social media.

Summary of services

Monday 21st December 2020

A normal Monday service will operate on all routes

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

A normal Tuesday service will operate on all routes

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

A normal Wednesday service will operate on all routes

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Thursday 24th December 2020 - Christmas Eve

A normal Thursday service will operate on all routes

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Friday 25th December 2020 - Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!

m1 and m2 will be running to a special timetable (0800 until 2000) on Christmas Day, with the m1 extended to Royal Bournemouth Hospital and the m2 extended to Christchurch

No other buses will be running on Christmas Day

Special fares apply for Christmas Day:

Adult Single £4
Adult Return £6
Child Single £3
Child Return £5

All period and concessionary passes are valid on Christmas Day

View m1/m2 Christmas Day timetable +

Saturday 26th December 2020 - Boxing Day

A Sunday timetable will run on the m1, m2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 40, 50, X3 and X8

The m1 and m2 will start slightly later than normal at the following times:

m1: 06:00 from Poole / 05:55 from Castlepoint
m2: 06:10 from Poole / 05:39 from Southbourne

No other services will run

Sunday 27th December 2020

A normal Sunday service will operate on all routes

Monday 28th December 2020 - Bank Holiday

A Sunday service will operate on all routes

Tuesday 29th December 2020

A Saturday service will run on all routes with the following exceptions:

A normal Tuesday service will operate on routes X1, X2, X3, X6, X8, 24, 38, 112, 119, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango

There will be some extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16 and 17 - see below for exact details

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Wednesday 30th December 2020

A Saturday service will run on all routes with the following exceptions:

A normal Wednesday service will operate on routes X1, X2, X3, X6, X8, 24, 38, 119, 125, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango

There will be some extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16 and 17 - see below for exact details

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Thursday 31st December 2020 - New Year's Eve

A Saturday service will run on all routes with the following exceptions:

A normal Thursday service will operate on routes X1, X2, X3, X6, X8, 24, 38, 112, 119, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango

There will be some extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16 and 17 - see below for exact details

A special timetable will run on U3 (hourly) but there will be no service on any other UNIBUS route

Friday 1st January 2021 - New Year's Day

Happy New Year!

Special timetables operate on routes m1/m2, 8/9 and 13 (see below)

A normal Sunday service will run on routes 5, 6, 16, 17 and X3

View m1/m2 New Year's Day timetable +

View 8 & 9 New Year's Day timetable +

View 13 New Year's Day timetable +

No other buses will be running on New Year's Day

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Normal timetables resume

Extra early morning journeys - 29th, 30th & 31st December

On Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st December, a normal Saturday timetable will run on most services. Additionally, routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16 and 17 will also have some earlier journeys as listed below:

5 05:51 Tollerford Road to Poole
8 05:48 Circular journey from Poole
9 05:52 Turlin Moor to Poole
13 06:36 Merley to Bournemouth
14 06:12 Kinson to Poole
16 06:14 Branksome to Poole
17 05:45 Poole to Bournemouth

The 0651 journey service 16 from Branksome to Poole will additionally serve Bournemouth (0640) and Westbourne (0647) on these days.

Travel shop and customer services

Our travel shop in Poole bus station and customer services team will be open as follows:

Date Travel Shop Customer Services
Monday 21st December 2020 0900 - 1700 0800 - 1830
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 0900 - 1700 0800 - 1830
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 0900 - 1700 0800 - 1830
Thursday 24th December 2020 - Christmas Eve 0900 - 1300 0800 - 1300
Friday 25th December 2020 - Christmas Day Closed Closed
Saturday 26th December 2020 - Boxing Day Closed Closed
Sunday 27th December 2020 Closed Closed
Monday 28th December 2020 Closed Closed
Tuesday 29th December 2020 0900 - 1700 0800 - 1830
Wednesday 30th December 2020 0900 - 1700 0800 - 1830
Thursday 31st December 2020 - New Year's Eve 0900 - 1500 0800 - 1500
Friday 1st January 2021 - New Year's Day Closed Closed
Saturday 2nd January 2021 1000 - 1400 Closed
Sunday 3rd January 2021 Closed Closed
Monday 4th January 2021 0900 - 1700 0800 - 1830