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On the day fares

If you are new to our buses, or only use them occasionally, you'll want to buy your fares on the bus. Whatever your journey type, there will be a ticket for you! The fare you pay depends on which area you travel in. 

For buses that run outside the simplyReading area, single and return fares depend on how many stops you travel - check out your service page for a table of fares for your route. 

more ways to pay

You can pay on the bus by cash, contactless bank card or with our app! If you travel regularly with us, why not buy your tickets in advance and save?  

For a guide to each ticket type and how they work, click here.

simplyReading

The simplyReading area is basically what most people would think of as 'Reading town.' If you travel outside of Reading, scroll down (or click the links) to see our other fare zones - simplyNetwork, simplyNewbury & Thatcham, simplyWokingham & Bracknell and simplyBracknell

We have a flat-fare zone in the simplyReading area (most of our buses only run in the simplyReading area) meaning you pay the same fare regardless of how many stops you travel. 

We also have an exact fare policy, meaning (on most routes) our drivers don't give change. This helps to keep buses on time and our drivers safe.

adult fares

  single all day  60 minute transfer
cash/contactless £2 £4 £2.50
app £2 £4 £2.50

Boost fares (18s & under)

Click here for information on Boost including terms and conditions of use.

  single all day 60 minute transfer
cash/contactless £1.50 £2.50 £2
app £1.50 £2.50 £2

group ticket - up to 4 people

Valid for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) travelling together - valid all day on all buses within the simplyReading area. The ticket has a 'peak' price (Monday to Friday before 6pm) and 'off-peak' price (Monday to Friday after 6pm, all day weekends, school & public holidays.)

peak £9
off-peak £6

simplyNetwork

Simply put, the simplyNetwork zone covers all our buses! If you travel outside of one of the 'urban' zones (Reading, Newbury/Thatcham, Wokingham/Bracknell) then you will need to get a simplyNetwork ticket.

On bus, single and return fares in the simplyNetwork area depend on how many stops you travel - check out your service page for a table of fares for your route - the fares below are the network wide fares. 

adult fares

  all day 7 day 30 day
cash/contactless £7 n/a n/a
app £7 £20 £75

Boost fares (18s & under)

Click here for information on Boost including terms and conditions of use.

  all day 7 days 30 days
cash/contactless £4 n/a n/a
app £4 £16 £61

simplyNetwork group ticket 

Valid for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) travelling together - valid all day on all our buses. The ticket has a 'peak' price (Monday to Friday before 9.30am) and 'off-peak' price (Monday to Friday after 9.30am, all day weekends, school & public holidays.)

peak £15
off-peak £10

simplyNewbury & Thatcham

The simplyNewbury & Thatcham zone covers jet black 1 (between Newbury Bus Station and Colthrop Lane). There are special fares for 7 and 30 day tickets in this zone!

adult fares

  all day 7 days  30 days
cash/contactless £4 £12.50 n/a
app* £4 £12.50 £49
*for simplyNewbury & Thatcham app fares, please use the Kennections app.

Boost fares (18s & under)

Click here for information on Boost including terms and conditions of use.

  all day 7 days 30 days
cash/contactless £2.50 £9.50 n/a
app* £2.50 £9.50 £35
*for simplyNewbury & Thatcham app fares, please use the Kennections app.

simplyWokingham & Bracknell

The simplyWokingham & Bracknell area covers our leopard and lion routes in these areas. The boundary points are Robinson Crusoe on leopard 3/3b and Drome Path/Cavendish Gardens on the lion 4/X4. 

adult fares

  all day 7 days  30 days
cash/contactless £4.30 n/a n/a
app £4.30 £16 £59

Boost fares (18s & under)

Click here for information on Boost including terms and conditions of use.

  all day 7 days 30 days
cash/contactless £2.50 n/a n/a
app £2.50 £11.50 £42.50

simplyBracknell

The simplyBracknell zone boundary points are Foresters Way on the leopard and John Nike/Peacock Farm on the lion.

adult fares

  7 days 30 days 
cash/contactless £10 £40

Boost fares (18s & under)

Click here for information on Boost including terms and conditions of use.

  7 days 30 days
cash/contactless £7 £28

dogs on buses

Dogs are welcome on all Reading Buses with a Doggy Rover Day Ticket, which allows unlimited travel on our network for your four-legged friend. 

Guide dogs, hearing for the deaf dogs and accessibility dogs all travel free.  Other small pets may be carried (they are not allowed on the seats) at a charge of £1.00.  For your own comfort and theirs, we recommend that you travel off-peak whenever possible.