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Reading has an excellent bus network including Park and Ride schemes stopping near The Oracle:

Reading Buses
Click here for timetables, latest news and online journey planning. 

Bus Operator of the Year, Reading Buses, runs most of the urban services in Reading. Their buses are new, clean and boast many modern features such as free WiFi, next stop announcements and USB charging. Their buses are also great for the environment with the company pioneering the use of compressed natural gas vehicles on many routes.

Late night buses

Whether you have been shopping, relaxing at one of Riverside's bars or restaurants or simply working late you can always be sure of getting home hassle-free with Reading Buses. Most services run until 11pm/midnight, with a couple of routes running until 2/3am depending on the day of the week. 

Up all day & all night – the 24/7 services

Reading boasts a number of services that run all through the night 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These are: emerald 5 to Whitley via Northumberland Avenue, emerald 6 to Whitley Wood via Basingstoke Road, purple 17 the cross-town route between Tilehurst and Wokingham Road and claret 21 to Lower Earley via the University of Reading. 

Cheaper Family and Group Travel – 4 go together

Reading Buses offer many different tickets and fares to help people get the best value. For families and groups, the simplyReading group ticket is great value. Buy from the driver for just £6 after 6pm on weekdays or all days at weekends and on public and school holidays (normal price £9 before 6pm Monday to Friday) and get unlimited travel for up to four people – the ticket is valid all day up to 4am. These tickets are great value for shoppers and families wanting a quick and easy way to get around Reading. Happy shopping!’ For full details click here.

The simplyReading group ticket is valid in the simplyReading area only – which covers most of the Reading urban area. Terms and conditions apply.


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