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A big warm welcome to all new and returning students at the University of Reading! We know it can be daunting when you move to an area that you don't know but at Reading buses we are here to help you navigate around the town and take away the worry of how you will get to and from lectures....or the Students' Union!

What do I need to know?

You may have already noticed our buses while you've been out and about, they are colour-coded to match their destinations, this makes it easier for everyone to navigate our network.

You will mainly be using our claret numbered 21 & 21a which give you an ultra frequent service between the University campus and the town centre all day & night. However, we also run lots of other routes across Reading that you may want or need to use in the future. To give you an idea of where you can go on, here is a map of our network.

You also need to know that when you travel on our buses, you will need the exact money as our drivers don't carry change - but you can avoid this hassle by getting a simplyUni smartcard. This can save you 40p on every journey! Click here to find the best deal for you. Please note, when buying your simplyUni products from our bus shop in the Broad Street Mall, Reading, you will need to show your university ID.

Introducing your claret 21

Our electric-hybrid powered clarets are predominately designed for students and staff at the University and combine to give you a service of up to every 7 minutes, meaning you can just turn up and go! Claret 21 also runs 24/7 so that you can hop on the bus any time of day or night. All of these stylish buses run directly onto campus, so no need to worry about getting on the wrong bus! Our clarets also have free wi-fi for you to check your emails or tweet as much as you like whilst we take you to and from your campus!

Click on the route number below for your timetable.


Something's bubbling

The claret spritzer buses for the 21a route are the 'coolest buses in the world!' With three upstairs zones including an honesty library, USB charging points, games and a jukebox, it's the fun way to travel to and from campus! 

We hope you enjoy your time in Reading!

There's loads of information in our university pages to help you get around - use the drop down list in the top navigation bar under 'university', or simply click on one of the links below to get started!

- Student fares

- How to Buy

- University timetables

- Night Bus

More information 

 For more information about the University of Reading, please visit their website at