Reading Bus Fares

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Here are details about bus fares charged by Reading Buses.

Single Bus Fares from 6th April 2010

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All routes except 1, 51, 52, 53, 142, 500: To help speed up boarding times and to increase safety, passengers must tender the exact fare for their journey (in any number of coins or notes) and place it in a secured hopper to the left of the drivers cab. Bank notes must be shown unfolded to the driver, folded once and placed in the hopper. The driver is unable to give change.

A single flat fare is applicable on all services within the Expanded Greater Reading Urban Area.

The boundaries of the Expanded Greater Reading Urban Area are: Tower Close/Peppard Road, Wokingham Road/Three Tuns, Three Mile Cross, Burghfield Road (Railway Bridge), Theale (Wigmore Lane), Purley Post Office.

The fares charged are:

  Single Return Day
Adult 1.70 n/a 3.80
Child* 1.20 n/a 2.00
Group n/a n/a 7.00
Night 2.00*** n/a n/a
Dog** 0.50 n/a n/a

The following Smartcard saver fares are also available:

Reading Area Easysaver 10 = 15.00
*    Child fares are not available 2200-0429 (Travel Cards are still valid however)
**  Except accessibility dogs
*** Half price at 1 if you have a Busabout, weekly or longer ticket
Group =
Any four people - adults and/or children
Night =
11.30pm - 4.00am, return tickets are accepted by Reading Buses and NightTrack
Off Peak =
Between 9.00am and 4.00pm Mondays to Fridays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Easysaver 10 =
10 Journeys

Outside the Greater Reading Urban Area single and return fares are charged according to the distance travelled, and Network day tickets are also available. The boundaries of the Greater Reading Urban Area are: Peppard Road (Rose Hil / Tower Close), Henley Road (County boundary), Sonning Halt, Sonning Fire Station, Loddon Bridge (The George), Shinfield Road (Black Boy), Hartley Court Turn, Burghfield Road (Railway Bridge), Calcot (Savacentre), Purley Post Office.

Travel Cards from 6th April 2010

Reading Buses also offer a number of travel cards depending on where you travel from, which offer very good value for money. Details of the main Travel Cards available are summarised below, day and weekly tickets are available from the driver, and weekly or longer tickers on smartcards which can be topped up at the Travel Shop, Great Knollys Street depot, online or at PayPoint outlets.

Type Adult Child Group
Simply Reading 1day 3.80 2.00 7.00
Simply Reading 7 day 13.00 10.00 n/a
Simply Reading 30 day 52.00 37.50 n/a
Simply Reading 90 day 154.00 105.00 n/a
Simply Network 1 day 8.00 5.00 15.00
Simply Network 7 day 19.50 15.00 n/a
Simply Network 30 day 78.00 56.00 n/a
Simply Network 90 day 231.00 158.00 n/a
Reading =
Tower Close/Peppard Road, Wokingham Road/Three Tuns, Three Mile Cross, Burghfield Road (Railway Bridge), Theale (Wigmore Lane), Purley Post Office.
Network =
All Reading and Newbury Buses services. The 1 day Network ticket also includes all services operated by First Berkshire in the Reading area, Stagecoach Hants & Surrey, and Stagecoach in Hampshire journeys on "The Link".
Off Peak =
Between 9.00am and 4.00pm Mondays to Fridays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

School Services from 1st September 2008

A separate fares structure applies to schools services with the S-prefix.

Type Child with Readi-ID
Single 1.30
Return 2.50
7 Day School Plus 10.00

The School Plus ticket is also valid on all Reading Buses services within the Greater Reading Urban Area. Area B passes are also accepted.

GreenPark FastTrack from 7th September 2009

Type Adult Child
Single 1.70 1.00
Return 3.00 1.50
Group Return 4.50 n/a
Fastsaver 12 15.60 n/a

The following Smartcard saver fares are also available:

Fastsaver 12 = 15.60
Fastsaver 26 = 33.60
Fastsaver 40 = 50.20
Madejski Monthly Fastpass = 49.50
Madejski Quarterly Fastpass = 139.00
Group =
upto 5 people, max of 3 adults. Not available before 9.30am Monday - Friday.
Fastsaver 12 =
12 journeys for less than the price of 6 returns

NightTrack from 21st November 2005

Ordinary Travel Cards are not valid on services after 11.30pm, however special discounts are available for use on any NightTrack service. Books of 5 or 10 discounted tickets can be purchased in advance:

Nightsaver 5: 7.50 (Normal Price 10)
Nightsaver 10: 15 (Normal Price 20)

NightTrack single tickets can also be purchased from Reading's on street ticket machines for 2.00.

The Nightsavers are available from the Travel Shop, Civic Centre, Town Hall Information Centre, Reading University Students Union, The Oracle Information desk and all outlets displaying the NightTrack logo.

FastTrack (Loddon Bridge) from 26th October 2009

Type Adult Child Concession*
Peak Return 4.00 1.80 2.00
Off Peak Return 3.00 1.50 1.50
Peak Family 5 (Return) 6.50 n/a n/a
Off Peak Family 5 (Return) 5.00 n/a n/a
Fastsaver 12 21.00 n/a n/a

*   With appropriate permit

Peak =
before 1200 Monday-Friday school term time or 0930 school holidays
Off Peak =
from 1200 Monday-Friday school term time, or 0930 Monday-Friday school holidays, anytime Saturday
Family =
upto 5 people from 1 car (max 3 adults)
Fastsaver 12 =
12 trips for a reduced price

The following Smartcard saver fares are also available:

Fastsaver 12 = 21.00
Fastsaver 26 = 45.50
Fastsaver 40 = 69.95

The Past

Details of some recent fare scales and systems can be found on the Reading Historical Bus Fares page.

Last Updated: 26-06-10

If you would like any further information, please contact me, I will be happy to help if I can, or visit the official Reading Buses website.

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