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Football Buses

Times and fare information for the the 2017/18 season

All the information you need to know to go to see the Royals in another exciting Championship campaign. After just missing out last season, hopes are high that promotion is within their grasp this time round.

No changes to buses or routes - except stops at the Madejski

Great news! To make it easier for you, we haven't made any change to our bus routes and timetable. Download our 2017/18 route map at the bottom of the page if you're new to the area, new to football or are just curious!
We have, however, worked with Reading FC to make it even easier for you to get away from the stadium after the match. The F1 shuttles will now leave from the Madejski park & ride stop, with the 'Urban' services leaving from the car park nearby. Click the map to the right for a PDF of the new stops.

Cheaper fares on the F1 shuttle

There is some fantastic news for fans using the F1 shuttle - we have reduced our fares! Working in partnership with Reading FC, we have agreed to set the return on the F1 to £2 for everyone! This compares to £4 return for adults and £2.50 for boost customers (18 & under) last season. You can still buy a single, but it is charged at the return price. Concessionary pass holders can get their return for just £1.

Fares - frozen once again on most other routes!

We are delighted to announce that we have frozen the fares on the rest of the other football buses for a 6th year running - except the F2 which sees some slight increases to align with Mereoak park & ride. Just like last year, specific sets of fares apply to the Reading Zone, Network Zone and F1 shuttle.

We also have a 'Park and Ride zone' with their own dedicated fares, meaning you can get an adult return for just £4 on the F2! Park and Rides routes are the only routes to have a 5 person football group ticket (max 3 adults) too at the great value of just £5. 

To see if your bus is within the Reading or Network zone please see our football route map by clicking here. For more fare information and a list of all the fares visit our football fares page.

Concessionary fares 

Concessionary passes are only valid on our football buses within the Wokingham Borough Council boundary - so your travel is free to the stadium, but the return journey must be paid for. This is due to schemes in other authorities returning to the national standard for concessionary travel. 

Passes are still valid for travel on normal service buses on the rest of our network and Reading FC are extending their subsidy with us so concessionary pass holders can travel on all football buses for £1 single fare (or £1 return on the F1 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. 

Mereoak Sports park & ride

There is also a park and ride service at Mereoak available during matchdays. Check out the fares here - your parking is included in your bus fare!

Save time and money - simplyMatchday smartcards

No need for you to carry cash and worry about the exact fare again. Our new simplyMatchday smartcards give you all day travel on football match days including non-football buses (except F1 shuttle smartcards). They’re easy to order and the more travel you buy, the more money you save! Buy your simplyMatchday smartcard here


To view a timetable of your football bus please click on the route names below.

 F1 - Reading Station stop WS

 F12 - Emmer Green & Caversham

 F21 - Norcot

 F30 - Twyford

 F2 - Shinfield Park - Park & Ride

 F13 - Caversham Park

 F22 - Tilehurst

 F31 - Woodley Airfield

 F10 - Sonning Common

 F14 - Henley-on-Thames

 F23 - Theale & Pangbourne

 F32 - Woodley

 F11 - Emmer Green

 F20 - Newbury Bus Station

 F24 - Purley

 F33 - Lower Earley





     Find your route on our route map


Download the full matchday services pdf here.