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Rugby Buses

Reading Buses now operate our frequent R1 service between the Southwest Interchange and the Madejski Stadium on match days.

Buses depart from the Southwest Interchange up to 3 hours before the start of kick-off and work as a frequent service until roughly 20 minutes before Kick Off. An example of this is given below.

Returning from the Madejski, services depart from Northern Way after full-time and operate for around two and a half hours. See below for an example.


Our rugby fares are below.

   Single  Day return
 Adult  £2.50  £3.50
 Solo (under-19)  £1.50  £2

rugby return

The 'rugby return' ticket has been discontinued due to low usage. 

Concessionary passes

Concessionary passes are not valid on our rugby buses due to changes to the Concessionary pass scheme within Reading Borough. 

Passes are still valid for travel on normal service buses on the rest of our network and, to help concessionary pass holders still enjoy the rugby, we are offering them a £2 return to the match on the R1 shuttle.

To gain any concessionary fare, you must show a valid concessionary pass when boarding otherwise you may be asked to pay the full fare. 

Bus times

You can get all the information about kick off times and tickets for matches from the official London Irish website at

Examples of times of buses for 3pm Kick-Off:

Reading Town Centre (Southwest Interchange) towards Madejski Stadium

Buses depart from 12pm at regular intervals until approximately 2.40pm

Madejski Stadium towards Reading Town Centre (Southwest Interchange)

Buses depart from Northern Way from 4.45pm at regular intervals until approximately 7.15pm