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Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
Hill Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 5RL

Situated in the heart of Southampton, our extensive network of bus routes, combined with our close location to Southampton train station and local cycle and walking routes, make the college extremely accessible.

For a detailed route planner from your home address (including bus and train times) please use Traveline or MyJourney Southampton.

Bus Routes

There is an extensive network of bus routes covering the wide area surrounding Richard Taunton. Please see below for detailed bus information based on your location and school.

Bus No.Area CoveredOperatorTimetable & Payment
R901Burlsedon, Hamble, Ingleside, Sholing, Bitterne, Northam, Southampton, Central Station.Bluestar
(private hire)
Download information here.

Termly pass must be purchased from college a term in advance, or subject to a £20 fee.
R903Langley, Blackfield, Holbury, Hythe, Marchwood,Rushington Roundabout, Totton College, Totton.Bluestar
(private hire)
Download information here.

Route map for Waterside.

Termly pass must be purchased from college a term in advance, or subject to a £20 fee.
R904Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, and Chandlers FordCollege minibusDownload information here.

Termly pass must be purchased from college a term in advance, or subject to a £20 fee.
U9Southampton General Hospital, Shirley Townhill Park, Bitterne, Portswood, Highfield Campus, Burgess Road and Hill LaneUnilink
(public service route)
Click here for the timetable.

Ticket information available here.
U6Southampton General Hospital, Shirley, Winchester Road (for college) Highfield, Portswood, Bevois Valley, Royal South Hants Hospital, City Centre and Dock Gate 4Unilink
(public service route)
Click here for the timetable.

Ticket information available here.
X11Lordshill and ShirleyXelabus
(public service route)
Click here for the timetable.
Standard fares must be purchased on the bus. Contact Xelabus offices in Eastleigh for more information.
Red Jet ShuttleTown Quay to collegeCollege minibusSubject to availability. By prior arrangement only. Free service.
First BusAny First Bus routesFirst bus
(public service routes)
For information about First Bus routes and ticket prices, please visit their website.
King Edward VI School ServicesCovers most of the areas within the Hampshire county. View individual routes here.King Edward VI
A one-off registration fee of £25 must be paid to King Edward VI School directly.
There is a minimum commitment of two academic terms for travel on the KETA Bus Service. If a place is cancelled after the first term, the fare for the second term will still be payable. Students will be charged 75% of the full King Edward termly ticket price.


Southampton Central is the nearest train station to college, with direct routes from Totton, Eastleigh, Romsey and Winchester. For more information about getting to college by train, use Traveline’s Journey Planner. From the train station, students can catch the Xelabus X11 to college. Alternatively, the college is a 30 minute walk from the station.


Richard Taunton is easily accessible by walking. We are a 10-15 minute walk from Southampton Common and Shirley High Street, and a 30 minute walk from Southampton Central train station. We encourage students to keep active and help the environment by walking to college.


Cycling is a popular form of transport to and from college. We have a secure bike compound to store bikes, plus showers and changing facilities located in the Sports department.


We are easily accessible by car via local routes and nearby motorway links at the Chilworth interchange M27 (J4)/ M3 (J14). We have 155 parking spaces available to students at a cost of £20 (non-refundable) for the duration of their time at college. Whilst the college is conveniently located for parking, we must be respectful to our neighbours and encourage parking within the college to reduce street congestion.

Travelling from the Isle of Wight

We offer a free shuttle service for students catching the ferry from the Isle of Wight. In the morning, students catch the 7.45am ferry and are picked up by our bus at 8.05am to get to college for 8.20am (lessons start at 8.30am). Students then board the 4.10pm college bus to catch the 4.45pm ferry back to the island. We also offer help with travel costs for students coming from the Isle of Wight, please call Student Services on 02380 514720 for more information. This service is by prior arrangement only and eligible students will need a bus pass to use this service, issued by Student Services. Please note all times are approximate depending on weather and traffic conditions. For further information visit the Red Funnel website.

There are three terms per academic year and our prices are very competitive. You may be entitled to help with travel costs depending on your financial circumstances. If you have any queries about travelling to college, please call our travel experts in Students Services on 02380 514720. Please note:

  • We reserve the right to amend timetables or fares at any time during the academic year
  • Changes to public services are at the discretion of the bus operator.