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The key to the Island

The key smartcard is a great way of buying tickets for travel on Southern Vectis. You can top-up your key with tickets safely & securely online. It will only take 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 Newport Travel shop. Please note that multi-day bundle tickets are special offer tickets and may be withdrawn from sale without notice.

How the key works

Follow the steps below to get your key, load tickets and travel! 

  1. order your key online here
  2. allow 2 working days for your key to arrive in the post 
  3. login online and purchase your tickets
  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!

Tickets available on the key

Start saving today. Take a look at ticket prices on the key.

view multi-day ticket prices on the key or view freedom ticket prices on the key

Child tickets on the key 

Child tickets are now available on the key. The key is the most convenient way of buying bus tickets, as you don't have to worry about having the right amount of cash on the bus, and online top-up will only take three hours to activate! Providing your key is registered we can also replace your key and ticket should you lose it. Please note that multi-day bundle tickets are special offer tickets and may be withdrawn from sale without notice.

Read more about child tickets on the key.

Already got a key?

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

Register for 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.

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