Welcome all uni students!
1 month ago
We provide a bus service like no other. Whether it’s a night out, group outing, or travel to lectures, our buses are safe, great value and here for you.
I’m a new student, how do I get the bus?
With a new town, campus, and housemates, there’s a lot to get used to! Luckily for you, getting the bus is easy… especially with this guide!
If you want to go to town and back from uni…
- Download the free Reading Buses app for free with your app provider
This has everything you need to get out and about in Reading all in your pocket! Plan your journey, check your timetables, and buy your tickets all in one place. Plus, it’s got some really cool features like tracking your bus live on a map. To track your bus, simply press ‘live times’ find your bus stop, then click on ‘departures’ or ‘track buses’ and you’ll see exactly where your bus is on a map! Find out more about our app here.
- Buy your mobile ticket
When in the app, go to ‘mobile tickets’ select simplyReading > scroll down to ‘Boost’ fares (Boost is our name for student tickets which saves you up to 1/3 on the normal adult price) > then select whichever one you need. If you want a return to town, simply select ‘Boost 1 day’. There’s other great options in the app that make travelling with us even cheaper! Once bought, you can ‘activate’ the ticket and this will come up with a QR code – make sure you only do this when you need it though!
Don’t want to pay on the app? To help keep our buses safe we prefer either contactless, smartcard and app payments. Just so you know, we don’t give change on our buses.
- Head to Chancellors Way bus stop on campus
All buses from this stop go to town. You’ll be looking for a claret coloured bus which has 21 or 21a on the front.
When the bus arrives, open up the app and find your mobile ticket with a QR code showing.
- Welcome on board!
Face your phone screen upwards and scan your QR code with the reader by the driver.
- Hop out at either St Marys Butts or the Station
Both are in the centre of town
Don’t worry! Every bus has a screen which tells you which bus stop is next and many even speak the stop name.
All our 21s finish at the station, so you can’t get lost.
- Back to campus
Get the 21 or 21a bus back by heading to either the stop at the station (opposite Starbucks/ the Oakford) or at Market Place (next to the Tasty Greek/La Satorina)
Scan your QR code and head back to campus!
All day and all night
Our claret 21 and 21a runs to and from campus up to every 7 minutes, so you always have a bus coming soon. Our claret 21 and purple 17 buses are 24/7 so you can stay out as long as you like without having to worry about catching the last bus home. You can even track your bus on our app so you can time things perfectly. Find out more.
We know as a student money is tight, which is why we have our Boost fares. All you need to do is show the driver your student campus card when using Boost to save up to 1/3 off your travel!
You can save even more with Unisaver term passes if you travel regularly or with boostsaver10 if you travel occasionally. Find out more about our great value tickets here.
Why struggle up the hill from town when our group tickets are just £6* for a whole day’s travel for up to 4 people! This also works out as the cheapest option for a night out too!
*the simplyReading group ticket covers up to four people, any combination of adults and children. Normally priced £9 on weekdays before 6pm. £6 offer is also available on weekdays after 6pm and all day weekends and public and school holidays.