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Rugby Buses

Reading Buses now operate our frequent R1 service between the Southwest Interchange and the Madejski Stadium on match days.

Buses depart from the Southwest Interchange up to 3 hours before the start of kick-off and work as a frequent service until roughly 45 minutes before Kick Off. An example of this is given below.

Returning from the Madejski, services depart from Northern Way after full-time and operate for around two and a half hours. See below for an example.


Our rugby fares changed on Sunday 6 October 2013 in line with other fares changes across our network. You can see the new fares below.

   Single  Day return
 Adult  £2.50  £3.50
 Solo (under-19)  £1.50  £2

new rugby return

We are also introducing the new 'rugby return' ticket designed to save you money on your travel to the match.

Buy the 'rugby return' on your normal bus (adults £6, Solo £3.50) to travel into town and transfer onto the R1 to the Madejski at no extra cost.You can then use the ticket for returning on the R1 into town and back on your normal bus to take you home - saving you money on buying the separate return tickets.

The rugby return is only available within the simplyReading area.

Bus times

You can get all the information about kick off times and tickets for matches from the official London Irish website at

Examples of times of buses for 3pm Kick-Off:

Reading Town Centre (Southwest Interchange) towards Madejski Stadium

Buses depart from 12pm at regular intervals until approximately 2.40pm

Madejski Stadium towards Reading Town Centre (Southwest Interchange)

Buses depart from Northern Way from 4.45pm at regular intervals until approximately 7.15pm