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fares for greenwave

The greenwave buses are run by us on behalf of Reading Borough Council. These smart, environmentally friendly buses are powered by compressed natural gas, which makes them much cleaner than ordinary diesel buses!  
You can find the fares for greenwave below. For park and ride fares at Mereoak, click here. For Mereoak sports fares (during Reading FC and London Irish games) click here.

park & ride fares

When using greenwave buses to park & ride at Mereoak, you must pay a £1 parking charge on top of your fare. Some fares include this charge, others do not. You can see which fares are valid on the park & ride page here

on the bus fares

Don't travel that often or it's your first time with us? Look no further as we show you the fares that you can buy from the driver.
   single  day return  all day   7 day*
 adult  £2  £3.50  £4  N/A
 Boost (18s & under)  £1.30  £2.00  £2.50  N/A
Kennet Island residents pay just £1.70 each way between Kennet Island and Central Reading.
*You can no longer buy a 7 day paper ticket from the driver. Use the app or go online to buy a smartcard instead.


Buy before 9.30am on weekdays and travel as a pair for just £5 return.

group return

Up to 5 people (maximum 3 adults) travelling together for just £4.50 return. Available after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday. Please note, this is not valid for football or rugby matches.

greensaver 12

12 single journeys for just £20 - great for the occasional traveller.

advance tickets for occasional users - better value than on the bus

If you travel every so often with us, you can still save by getting the multi-trip tickets. These are available on a smartcard and don't expire if you don't use them! They give you a discount against the normal single journey price.
 greensaver 10  10 single trips  £14.30
 greensaver 20  20 single trips  £28.30
 greensaver 40  40 single trips  £55.50

buy online in advance and save - for regular travellers

The tickets below are all available as a smartcard. These represent the best value for people who travel on greenwave more regularly.  
   greenwave monthly  greenwave quarterly  simplyReading 7 day  simplyReading 30 day   simplyReading 90 day 
 adult  £53.50  £150.40  £15  £57  £155
 Boost (18 & under)  n/a  n/a  £11  £42  £118
Please note, prices at the Reading bus shop may be slightly different - Click HERE for bus shop prices

football, rugby and greenwave

During football and rugby matches, greenwave buses can also be used to get to the Madejski stadium. If you board a greenwave bus to/from the Madejski Stadium within 3 hours of a match kicking off or within 1 hour of a match finishing, there are some restrictions on what tickets you can buy or use.
what tickets can I buy from the driver?
During the period stated above, only football single and return tickets can be bought on greenwave buses to or from the Madejski Stadium.
what tickets are valid for use during the football times?
During the football times stated above, you can use the following greenwave tickets to get to or from the Madejski Stadium, but cannot buy them on bus:
  • adult or Solo greenwave return
  • greenwave 2together or group return
  • greensaver 12
  • greensaver 10/20/40 smartcards
  • greenwave monthly/quarterly smartcards
All other tickets (e.g. simplyReading weekly) are not valid on greenwave buses during these times.