Introducing tap on tap off

We’re introducing an easier and quicker way to pay for your journey - tap on tap off.

With tap on tap off, you no longer need to worry about choosing the best ticket for your journey; this will automatically be done for you as you travel.

All our routes will feature tap on tap off, including the London Line 702, Flightline 703 and Thames Valley services 127, 128 and 129 into Reading. The only exceptions are our football services.

the simple (and cheapest) way to pay

Check out this short video to see how tap on tap off works!

how does it work?

When you get on, simply tap your contactless bank card or mobile device on the reader. You won’t need to ask the driver for a ticket or say where you are heading – but you can always say hello!

There’s no ticket to take, so just find yourself a seat and enjoy the journey.

When you get to your stop, simply tap off with the same card or mobile device that you used when getting on using the reader located by the door (or by the centre doors on our two-door buses).

At the end of the day our system will automatically work out how many buses you have travelled on that day and charge you accordingly – always capping the price at the day ticket rate.

It’s important to remember to always tap on and tap off otherwise you may find yourself charged more for your journey.

avoiding card clash

If you are paying with a physical card, you should always make sure you take it out of your wallet or purse to avoid ‘card clash’ – where the system is trying to read more than one card at a time. If you don’t take your card out, the system may charge the wrong card resulting in you paying more or will simply not work delaying your journey.

what is the most I’ll pay?

That depends on the zone you are travelling in.

If you only travel on one bus within our simplyReading zone, it’ll just charge you £2 for the first journey. If you then travel on another bus also within our simplyReading zone it will cap your total for the day at £3.40 – which is the price for a Reading All-Bus day ticket.

Any additional journeys within the simplyReading zone for the day won’t be charged as they are all included in your £3.40 day ticket.

Tap on tap off can also work out the best value ticket if you are travelling further afield too, for example from Reading to Wokingham, Newbury or Bracknell. A single ticket for these journeys will cost £2 and will cap at The day ticket rate for the zone you are in – see the table below for prices in each area.


Daily cap



simplyWokingham & Reading




simplyNewbury & Thatcham


simplyWokingham & Bracknell


simplySouth Bracknell

£4.40 (£4.10 on app)

simplySlough & Windsor


keep track of your spending

We’ve made it super easy to keep track of your journeys and how much you have spent on tickets for the day.

On our mobile app, you can go to Contactless Journeys from the main menu or the Contactless Journeys link at the top of the page on our website.

Here you will be able to find a list of your recent journeys and payment history as well as being able to download a PDF receipt.

You will need to be logged in to our website or app in order to view this section and the first time you use it you will need to add your payment card in order to see the history for it.

travel more often?

For now, tap on tap off offers the best value for travel during any one single day. If you travel on most days of the week your best bet may still be a weekly, monthly or longer-term ticket bought on the Reading Buses app or smartcard.

Boost tickets will also still need to be purchased from the driver or on the app as present as tap on tap off only offers adult fares.

other ways to pay

Alongside tap on tap off, tickets can still be purchased from the driver with cash or contactless as well as on our app, and smartcards can still be used as normal too.

If you are an ENCTS (English National Concessionary travel scheme) passholders=, you can continue to your pass as before.

Frequently asked questions

Check out our tap on tap off frequently asked questions page here.