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More ways to pay

After lots of hard work, we are proud to announce that contactless payments are now enabled on buses across the town! We were lucky enough to welcome Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones MP, who joined us on Monday 27 January to help us celebrate what is a first for an independent bus operator – a full town-wide roll-out of contactless payments.

You can now use your contactless bank card to pay for bus tickets as well as your smartphone or your smartwatch as we accept Apple Pay and Android Pay.

You can pay with your contactless bank cards on any Reading Buses bus – from jet black in Newbury to the lion in Bracknell, it’s even easier to pay for your bus travel. Want to check which services accept contactless? Click here to see a map of our network – any of our buses on this map are available for contactless payments.

Contactless is not currently available for use on our Kennections branded services.

Pay for tickets like your coffee!

Paying with contactless works just the same as when paying with cash. Just ask for the ticket you want and tell the driver you’re paying with contactless. When prompted, place your card or device on the reader just like when you pay on the high street. Your ticket will be issued and you can then find your seat.

If you are unfortunate enough for an error to occur, the driver will cancel the transaction and the amount will be refunded to your card without you having to do a thing.

What can I pay for with contactless?

Any ticket that you can buy on the bus is available to be paid for with your contactless card. This includes singles, day tickets and period (7 day) tickets. Travelling in a group? Our 4 go together group ticket is also available to be paid for with contactless.

Top-ups for smartcards are unfortunately not able to be paid for with contactless due to using the same reader for both the smartcard and payment card. If you need to top-up, why not go online to get the best fare?

Get the best fare

Contactless is a great way to pay if you don’t have the exact change in your wallet or purse, but there are many ways to pay and to get the best fare! We recommend contactless for people who are new to our buses and want to give them a try or for visitors to the town.

If you only travel every now and then with us, our mobile app not only gives you peace of mind with our live bus tracking, but guarantees you will get the best value fares. There’s also 7 and 30 day tickets for those that might travel a bit more regularly but don’t want to carry a smartcard in their wallet.  

If you know you will be travelling lots with us, then getting a smartcard will give you the best long term fare and can be topped up online meaning you always know that you have your travel to hand. 

Stay tuned as we share more exciting news through the year to make your bus journeys even smoother.