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Everything you need to know about bus services this Christmas in East Sussex

29 Nov 2019

A bus operator is hoping to tempt Christmas shoppers and party goers to use the bus to get about this Christmas.

Stagecoach has published service information for the festive period including timetables for a bus services on Boxing Day in Eastbourne.

Joel Mitchell, managing director for Stagecoach South East said, “What we’re offering is a safe, hassle free and cheaper alternative to driving the car or ordering a taxi. Whether you’re planning a night out, a day’s shopping or just want to explore the Christmas vibe in town – don’t overlook the possibility of using the bus this Christmas. We’ve got some great value tickets; kids can travel for just £1 and there’s unlimited evening travel for just £3 on our App.”

Once again Boxing Day travellers will be able to get about in Eastbourne by bus. Routes 1/1A will run a half hourly service between Hamlands, Old Town, the town centre and Langney. The Loop will also operate an hourly service throughout the day.

The bus operator has announced that a normal school day service will operate up to Friday 20 December (except on routes serving schools or colleges that break up earlier). A normal weekend service will operate on 21/22 and 28/29 December with a school holiday service operating on Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Friday 27, Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December. There’ll be no buses on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day and some bus services will finish early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in the Hastings area. A normal school holiday service will operate on 2 and 3 January with a full school day service resuming from Monday 6 January.

Here’s a full list of bus services that finish early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in the Hastings area:

Route 20 – The last bus from Ore Down Farm will be at 20:52 and from Hollington at 20:30.

Route 21A - The last bus from the Rail Station will be at 20:50

Route 22 - The last bus from Malvern Way will be at 20:11 and from Harley Shute at 20:48

Route 22C - The last bus from Ore King’s Head will be at 20:30

There will be no early finish times for buses in the Eastbourne area – all buses will run until the usual end of service.

Stagecoach has also invited Father Christmas himself to drive some of the buses. A spokesman for the bus company confirmed that Santa will be behind the wheel on bus routes throughout East Sussex in the run up to Christmas – distributing goodwill to all and goodies to the younger passengers that board his bus. The company is running a competition asking people to Tweet a photo of their Santa bus driver to @StagecoachSE using #SantaBusDriver for a chance to win one day’s free bus travel.

Festive bus times and Boxing Day timetables are available to view online at or by picking up a leaflet on the bus or from local bus hubs.


SBPRWill you see Santa driving the bus this Christmas? Tweet @StagecoachSE using #SantaBusDriver for a chance to win one day’s free bus travel.