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buy in advance from the bus shop

Our fares changed on Monday 5 September. All prices below have been updated to reflect this. 

Whilst you can buy tickets on the bus (click here for details), you can save money buying in advance at our bus shop in the Broad Street Mall! 

We operate an exact fare policy, meaning our drivers don't give change. This helps to keep buses on time and our drivers safe - so it's better to use a smartcard. 

Our smartcards can be bought and topped up at our bus shop in the Broad Street Mall, Reading or online here. Please note that the prices at the Reading bus shop are different to the online price - online fares tend to be cheaper.

Our smartcards come in three different formats: period, multi-trip and e-purse. 

Period tickets - come in 7, 30, 90 and 365 day variants (academic year for Boost products). These are valid for the number of consecutive days specified from first use on the bus. 

multi-trip - available as easysaver or boostsaver variants. Load 10 single journeys onto the card which is discounted against the single fare on bus. Great for occasional users as there's no expiry!

e-purse - load cash onto the card and use it to pay the driver. No need to carry change!

All our products are generally valid on buses in the simplyReading area which is most of our buses except sections of jet black, lime 2, leopard 3/10, lion 4/X4, pink 25 and service 7 - click for a map of the network including the simplyReading boundary.

We are also changing our Solo fares - you can read more about that here, but Solo was renamed and is now called Boost! It's also being extended to allow students at Reading University, Reading College, UTC Reading, Newbury College and Bracknell & Wokingham College to take advantage of the cheaper fares up to 21 as long as they show valid ID from their university or college. We will be operating a challenge 21 policy - so if you look older, you will need to show a valid college or university ID otherwise you will be charged the appropriate adult fare!

If you are buying your Boost products from the bus shop, you will need to provide valid ID to prove either your age or educational status.

Find out more about Boost here

simplyReading changes

The simplyReading area is our 'main' zone with most of our buses operating wholly within this area. 

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day  -saver 10
 adult  £17  £61  £165  £590  easysaver 10 £17
 Boost (18 & under)  £12  £43  £120  £360*  boostsaver 10 £13
*Boost academic school year - not valid for 365 days. 

simplyNewbury & Thatcham

The simplyNewbury & Thatcham zone covers jet black and routes 101 and 102 between Newbury and Thatcham. 
For specific jet black fares, please see the simplyNetwork section below.

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £17  £61  £165  £590
 Boost (18 & under)  £12  £43  £120  £360 (academic year)

simplyWokingham & Bracknell

The simplyWokingham & Bracknell zone covers the leopard between Wokingham and Hogwood Industrial Estate and the lion between Bracknell and Drome Path/Cavendish Gardens
For specific lion 4/X4 information, please see the simplyNetwork section.

  7 day 30 day 90 day 365 day
 adult £17 £61 £165 £590
 Boost (18 & under) £12 £43  £120  £360 (academic year)


The simplyBracknell area covers the lion between Bracknell town centre and St Anne's Hotel.

   7 day  30 day 
 adult  £10  £40
 Boost (18 & under)  £7  £28


If you travel between any of our simply zones, you will need a simplyNetwork pass! These tickets are valid on any of our buses within the entire network.

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £21  £86  £235   £845
 Boost (18 & under)   £17  £62  £170  £510 (academic year)

our 'rural' routes

To simplify our offering, we are replacing the jet black, lime, leopard and pink 25 7 day tickets with a reduced price simplyNetwork 7 day ticket!
This is now £21 at the bus shop. The benefit of this is that you will now be able to use any bus in our network!