Removal of some paper 7 day tickets
As we see more and more of our customers switching from on-bus paper tickets to the better value smartcard and app products, we have decided that it is time to start removing some paper 7 day tickets sold by the driver.
From Monday 24 April we will stop selling the on-bus paper 7 day tickets for the simplyReading, simplyWokingham and Bracknell and simplyNetwork areas as we use new technology to speed up boarding times and make journeys easier for both customers and our drivers.
You will still be able to buy 7 day tickets via our 'Reading Buses' app (available to download free on Android or iOS) or get it on a smartcard which can be bought and topped up online or at our bus shop in Broad Street Mall, Reading.
So remember, if you normally buy one of our paper 7 day tickets, you will need to make plans to switch to a smartcard or the app by 24 April.
bus shop early opening 24-27 April
To help with any questions or issues with this changeover, we are opening our bus shop early at 8am Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 April. You will be able to buy or top-up your smartcard from our friendly customer services team at this time.
buy online (or on your mobile!) for the cheapest fares
For a number of years it has been cheaper to buy your travel in advance on a smartcard via our online shop. To check out prices and products online, head over to our online shop here
. You can top-up your cards with your ticket updating usually within 24 hours.
You can also buy and top-up your smartcard at the bus shop in the Broad Street Mall in Reading, but it will cost you a little more.
With the introduction of our app, you also have the option of buying 7 and 30 day tickets at the online smartcard prices - giving you the convenience of instant travel with the savings of the online option! The best fares will always be available on the app for those tickets. Click an image below to download it for your phone.
Paper 7 day tickets still available in simplyNewbury & Thatcham and simplyBracknell areas
Customers in the simplyNewbury & Thatcham and simplyBracknell areas will still be able to buy 7 day tickets on bus. This is due to these areas being ‘inner’ zones which have slightly different characteristics to the rest of our network. They are also the furthest areas away from our bus shop in Reading, so we are retaining paper 7 day tickets for these areas.