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Football Buses

Times and fare information for the pre-season friendlies

We are bringing in some exciting changes for the new season - but while we get them sorted, the routes and fares for the pre-season friendlies will be exactly the same as last season. See below for details.

New F1 stop in Central Reading

Great news! The South West Interchange is now open for the F1 buses. This means you no longer have to use the Old Bus Station. 

Away fans - if you arrive via Reading Station, leave via one of the South entrances (follow signs towards town centre) and turn right - follow the hill down and you will see the buses in front of you.

Home fans - as above, but you can also access the buses from Greyfriars Road (off Friar Street) or Tudor Road and Stanshawe Road from Caversham Road. 


We have frozen the football fares for the third year running. That means you won't be paying out anymore than last season, or the season before! You can see a list of the fares below or by visiting our football fares page.

Football Return

The 'Football Return' ticket is still available to buy this season. It's ideal for fans who want to meet up with friends in the town centre before and after the match. Available to buy on your normal non-football bus (not for sale on football buses), the ticket gives you travel into Reading on your normal bus (e.g. pink 24) where you can then transfer onto the F1 to get to the stadium. You can then travel back from the stadium on the F1 and then back home on your normal bus (e.g. pink 24).
This ticket can also be used for travel on scarlet 9 and the F2 from Shinfield Park.

Adult - £6
Solo - £3.50


To view a timetable of your football bus please click on the route names or the individual footballs below.

 F1 - Reading Old Bus Station 

 F12 - Emmer Green & Caversham

 F21 - Norcot

 F30 - Twyford

 F2 - Shinfield Park - Park & Ride

 F13 - Caversham Park

 F22 - Tilehurst

 F31 - Woodley Airfield

 F10 - Sonning Common

 F14 - Henley-on-Thames

 F23 - Theale & Pangbourne

 F32 - Woodley

 F11 - Emmer Green

 F20 - Newbury Bus Station

 F24 - Purley

 F33 - Lower Earley






      Find your route on our route map


Download the full match day services pdf

Fares frozen again!

The fares for the football services are exactly the same as last season and are listed below

Reading Urban services F10 - F14, F20 - F24, F30 - F33 (within the simplyReading)

Blue Zone - Adult single £5.00, Child single £3.00, Adult return £6.00, Child return £3.50.

Yellow Zone - Adult single £4.00, Child single £2.50, Adult return £5.00, Child return £3.00.

Services F1 and F2 (Reading Old Bus Station Shuttle and Shinfield Park - Park and Ride Shuttle)

Adult single £3.50, Child single £2.00, Adult return £4.00, Child return £2.50.

Service F20 (Newbury to Reading)

Newbury Bus Station to Pipers Way

Adult single £7.00, Child single £4.00, Adult return £7.50, Child return £4.50

Colthrop Lane to Theale

Adult single £6.00, Child single £3.50, Adult return £7.00, Child return £4.00

Calcot Sainsbury's to Madejski Stadium (yellow zone)

Adult single £4.00, Child single £2.50, Adult return £5.00, Child return £3.00

Exact fare only please, as our drivers do not carry change

Concessionary Pass Holders

Concessionary Pass Holders may travel free on football services on production of a valid pass

Reading Buses Period Tickets & Day Tickets

These are not valid on any of the football services.

Boxing Day 

A £1.00 surcharge will apply to all fares when Reading FC play at home on Boxing Day.