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Commuting by train

Reading has developed a great reputation as a haven for commuters due to it's proximity to London. Whether its Reading-ites going out into the wide world, or the wide world coming to Reading, the network of trains gives you fantastic freedom and we are doing more than ever to give you an integrated solution to transport you on and off the trains!

All our services come into the town centre and stop within a few minutes walk of the Station - in fact, quite a few drop you right outside the main entrance! Have a look at the town centre map to find out where to catch your bus from

With the ongoing work to Reading Station set to triple the amount of through traffic, there has never been a better time to explore your options.

Save money with PLUSBUS Tickets

If you get the train to, or from, Reading, PLUSBUS is a great way to save money. PLUSBUS combines with your rail ticket to help you make an easier connection from train to bus. Also, because these tickets are combined, the longer the duration of the ticket you buy, the more money you save!

Commuters coming to Reading

When you book your train tickets online, most sites now give you the option to add PLUSBUS tickets. These are valid like normal bus tickets and take the hassle out of having to work out what the fare is when you get to your destination. Just make sure you tick the PLUSBUS box before you checkout! PLUSBUS is valid on all our services within the simplyReading area - and all other operators buses as well!

Commuters living in Reading

Did you know though, that PLUSBUS works both ways? If you regularly commute from Reading, you can buy tickets to get you to your home station as well as your destination!
If you use your car to get to the station and have a season ticket at Reading Station car park, check out our comparison table. If you have an annual parking season ticket, you could save a mammoth £1315.50 per year!

It's exactly the same buying PLUSBUS for your home commute as it is for buying tickets for your destination - just tick the box for PLUSBUS in Reading before you checkout when buying your tickets online.

You can find more information on the PLUSBUS website

PLUSBUS saving table parking at Reading Station vs PLUSBUS season ticket prices*:

   7 Day  30 Day  90 Day  365 Day
 Car Park Season Ticket  £75  £220  £565  £1805.50 
 PLUSBUS Ticket  £14  £50  £145  £490
 Saving!  £61  £420  £420  £1315.50

For more information on PLUSBUS and cheaper commuting, visit the cheaper commuting website

For non-regular train users who travel on our network, a smartcard is the great solution to lack of change! Buy and top-up your cards online now - it's easy to do, just visit our online shop

*PLUSBUS tickets are only valid within the simplyReading boundary, which can be seen here

**PLUSBUS tickets are valid on all Reading Buses routes including: 'Fasttrack' Loddon Bridge, 'Fasttrack' Green Park and the 'N' Night Bus services as well as on the following operators, Arriva, First, Fleetbuzz, Thames Travel.

Train times on your bus

As part of an initiative led by Reading Borough Council, most of our buses now show live train departure times as they approach the railway station in the centre of Reading. The screens have a live feed showing departures around 7 minutes from when the bus is due to the closest stop to the station, meaning you can see if you have time for a coffee before boarding! 

The rail network from Reading

Trains leaving Reading are bound for all corners of our fair isle - it's not just about London!
Check out the route maps below for the different operators that use Reading as their gateway to the rest of the country!

First Great Western run lots of journeys across their network

Cross Country can deliver just that with their network

Southwest Trains don't just stay in the Southwest across their network


For more information on train times and to buy tickets, visit the National Rail Enquiries website