Sitting in traffic can be boring and stressful, so why not let someone else take charge? By getting the bus, you can spend your journey reading a book, checking your emails, updating your social media or whatever else takes your fancy. You can also combine a bus journey with walking or cycling, ticking exercise off your to-do list as well as using the time to clear your head and get ready for the day.

Buses in south Essex

There are many bus stops in south Essex so the chances are there is probably one near you! For up-to-date timetables and ticketing information click on the links to local bus service providers.

Remember, when using public transport make sure you adhere to the governments safety guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Click here to see Arriva’s guidelines

Click here to see First’s guidelines


Buses are really easy to use. You don’t need to buy a ticket in advance (although you can get one if you travel frequently, see bus tickets below), so you can pay when you get on. Typically, bus stops are quite close together so be clear on which bus stop you need to get off at – bus drivers are always willing to help you get to the right place.

Some bus stops have a real-time information board that tells you when the bus is arriving. If not, it’s best to check the timetable online (see useful links below), or alternatively you can ring or text Traveline on your mobile when at a bus stop to find out when the next bus is due. Find out how to text Traveline here.


Bus tickets

If you travel within Castle Point, Rochford or Southend districts and you plan to make several journeys by bus on the same day but on different routes, an Octopus ticket can save you money.

The Octopus ticket is valid for travel between the River Crouch to the north, the coast to the east and south and Sadlers Farm roundabout and the A1245 between Rettenden Turnpike and Carpenter’s Arms to the west. Tickets are valid on Arriva, First, NIBS, Regal Busways and Stephensons buses.

For regular bus users, weekly, 4-weekly and yearly bus tickets are available from most bus companies and they can provide significant savings. The majority of discounted tickets can be bought online, while some operators have apps where you can buy tickets too. A number of bus operators also support contactless card payments on the bus, so you never need to root around for change.

If you’re in employment, your company may be able to offer you discounts on bus travel as part of their Travel Plan. Speak to your Travel Plan coordinator or HR department to check.

Bus passes for students

You may also be able to get a FREE bus pass if you have to travel a long way to attend school or college. Check with your school or college administrator to find out if you are eligible, or visit this link if you are pupil in Essex travelling to school.

Ensign Bus Boxing Day Timetable - Southend to London Areas

Useful links and resources

Upcoming bus events

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Cycle and Active Travel Festival!

ForwardMotion want to bring people of all ages together to show just how fun and useful active travel can be. So, join us at Belfairs Park for the ForwardMotion Cycling and Active Travel Festival on the 25th June 2022 where we will be showcasing all the ways that can help you find the fun in […]

ForwardMotion want to bring people of all ages together to show just how fun and useful active travel can...

  • Date: 25/06/22
  • Time: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Belfairs Park
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Tweed Ride 2022!

This event is part of the Cycle and Active Travel Festival on the 25th June at Belfairs Park. This led ride starts at Southchurch Park, you will cycle along and around the seafront, and finish in style at the festival! If you would like to take part in this fabulous ride, email your interest to […]

This event is part of the Cycle and Active Travel Festival on the 25th June at Belfairs Park. This...

  • Date: 25/06/22
  • Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Southchurch Park
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