younger people get a Boost with Reading Buses

Since becoming part of the Reading Buses family, we have introduced their Boost tickets which have replaced our standard child and former Busta fares. Reading saw that there were too many barriers stopping younger people from travelling - so they decided to do something about it! Great news for our younger customers.

what is Boost?

Boost is our name for the range of tickets for younger people. If you are 18 & under, you can take advantage of cheaper fares on bus or online without the need for special ID! 

The price you pay depends on which ticket or product you need. Check out the on the day fares and the advance fares for more information and to get the right product for you. 

(It's worth mentioning though that if you are at the upper age range we do advise that you have some form of ID (such as college ID) in case you are asked - otherwise you may have to pay full fare!)

extended Boost 

Boost also allows 19-21 year olds in full time education at a local college or university (see list below) to benefit from lower fares. Boost is valid for:

  • University of Reading (all students get Boost regardless of age - you will need to show university ID) 
  • University of West London (all students get Boost regardless of age - you will need to show university ID) 
  • Reading College 
  • UTC Reading 
  • Newbury College 
  • Bracknell and Wokingham College
  • East Berkshire College
  • Uxbridge College
  • Windsor College
  • Langley College
  • Farnborough College of Technology
  • Farnborough Sixth Form College

You must show your valid ID from one of the places above to benefit from the Boost fares - if you do not have ID, you will be asked to pay the appropriate adult fare. 

Boost on Green Line (701, 702 &) 703

From Monday 3 June, we are extending Boost to our Green Line services.

There are discounts for college and University students of any age on production of a valid 'Totum' NUS Extra card. If you are a university or college student and do not show your Totum card when buying Boost tickets, or show it when asked when using Boost tickets, you may be asked to pay full fare.

The use of the Totum card for Boost fares is only applicable on Green Line (701, 702 and) 703. Using Boost on buses on the rest of the Reading Buses network falls under the standard Boost conditions. 

challenge 21

Whilst the younger customers are able to travel without ID, we are aware that there will be some people who will try to purchase Boost fares and products even if they are not allowed so we do operate a challenge 21 policy - if our drivers think you are 21 or over, they will ask for some ID to prove you are in full-time education at one of the places listed above. So it is important that you carry your student ID with you when you buy or use any Boost product. If you are not able to produce ID when asked, you will be asked to pay the full adult fare, even if you have a valid ticket.