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students pay less!

What is boost?

If you are a student or member of staff at the University of Reading - we can save you time and money! All University of Reading students qualify for our discounted Boost fares, so you'll pay up to a third less than the adult fare, meaning you've got more money to spend on other things! Make sure you show your student ID when you get on the bus. Find out more about Boost



Buy one of these and you’ll get 10 single trips for the price of 8 - only £12. Simply tap it on our ticket machine by the driver and top it online when you're running low on trips. You can use these when you like – no expiry date. Simply pay as you go! £13 from bus shop. Get your boostsaver10 card here

find your best value ticket

Our simplyUni season tickets are the best option for staff and students who travel most days of the week. These smartcards make travel cheaper and give you unlimited travel within the simplyReading area. If you travel a lot, this is your cheapest option. Get your simplyUni card here

18 Sept - 10 Dec 2018
 £115  £115 £80

An academic smartcard is valid for the academic year until 10 June 2018 including semester holidays.

An annual smartcard is valid for 365 days from date purchased.

ways to pay

Smartcard - your tickets on an easy to use card. Top it up online and go! Just hold your card on the reader. Find out more

App - download the ‘Reading Buses’ app to get cheaper tickets. Simply scan the barcode on the bus once you’ve got your ticket. Find out more

Contactless - ask the driver for your ticket. Simply hold your contactless card on the ticket machine to pay

Cash - you'll need exact money as our drivers don't carry change.

need help?

Bus shop - you can buy new smartcards and top-up existing ones at our bus shop in the Broad Street Mall, Reading. Our super friendly team can also help with routes and destinations that are best for you.

Travelling by train & bus?

Pay for your bus ticket when you buy your train ticket using PLUSBUS and you could save on your bus travel.

If you have a 16-25 Railcard, you can save one-third off your PLUSBUS day ticket.

Find out more in our PLUSBUS leaflet or visit