Fares Change

1 month ago Tue 21st Dec 2021

As everyone knows, the last two years have been extremely hard for everyone. This has equally been the same for us. Whilst we currently receive some Covid recovery funding, since September it has not been enough to cover the running costs of our network, and so we are having to make the difficult decision to change some fares to help close the gap. Not all our fares will be increasing - for many people, fares will remain the same especially if using our app, and, in a few cases, will decrease.

The new fares will begin from Monday 3 January 2022, which will be the first change for over two years.

the headlines

All the new fares are further down the page sorted by area, but we thought giving the headline changes (or things staying the same!) would help.

  • Most app prices will be frozen
  • single fares will generally increase by 10p
  • return/day tickets will generally increase by 20p
  • simplyNetwork tickets will now be valid across all Thames Valley Buses and Reading Buses services with just a few exceptions
  • A new simplyWokingham & Reading zone is introduced to provide better value for money for Wokingham and Twyford residents who travel into Reading
  • The Reading zone tickets sold on routes 127-9 will be withdrawn, but we will be selling new simplyReading tickets which are also valid on Reading Buses services
  • 4-weekly tickets will no longer be available on the bus, but will continue to be sold on our app and on smartcards

For routes with graduated fares (i.e. different fares based on where you travel to/from) the fares tables will be available soon. We will also have a new map of all our fare zones soon.

simplyBracknell & Wokingham

The simplyBracknell & Wokingham zone covers all Thames Valley Buses and Reading Buses services that run within Bracknell and Wokingham.

adult

  all day 7 day 30 day 90 day 365 day
adult (on bus) £4.50 £17 n/a n/a n/a
adult (app/online) £4.30* £16 £59 £160 £625
*app only

Boost

Boost is our name for fares for customers aged 18 & under plus students at various educational establishments such as the Bracknell & Wokingham College and Farnborough College- click here for more information on Boost.

  all day 7 day 30 day term pass 365 day
Boost (on bus) £3 £13 n/a n/a n/a
Boost (app/online) £2.70* £12 £45 £150 £420
*app only

simplySouth Bracknell

The simplySouth Bracknell zone covers all Thames Valley Buses and Reading Buses services around the southern estates in Bracknell. 

adult

  all day 7 day 30 day
adult (on bus) £3.50 £13 n/a
adult (app) £3.40 £13 £45

Boost

  all day 7 day 30 day
Boost (on bus) £2.60 £9.50 n/a
Boost (app) £2.50 £9.50 £33

Meadows

The Meadows zone covers travel on Thames Valley Buses service 194 between Crowthorne and Camberley.

adult

  7 day 28 day
adult (on bus) £19 n/a
adult (app) £18 £63

Boost

  7 day 28 day
Boost (on bus) £14 n/a
Boost (app) £13.50 £48

simplySlough & Windsor

The simplySlough & Windsor zone covers all Thames Valley Buses and Green Line services that run within Slough and Windsor.

adult

  all day 7 day 28 day
adult (on bus) £5.50 £18 n/a
adult (app/online) £5.50* £18 £63
*app only

Boost

  all day 7 day 28 day term pass 365 day
Boost (on bus) £3.70 £13 n/a n/a n/a
Boost (app/online) £3.70* £12.50 £44 £150 £420
*app only

Cippenham

The Cippenham zone covers Thames Valley Buses service 5 between Slough town centre and Cippenham.

adult

  all day 7 day 30 day
adult (on bus) £4.20 £16 n/a
adult (app) £4.00 £15 £58

Boost

  all day 7 day 30 day
Boost (on bus) £2.70 £12 n/a
Boost (app/online) £2.50 £11 £43

simplyMaidenhead

The simplyMaidenhead zone covers all Thames Valley Buses services that run within Maidenhead.

adult

  all day 7 day 28 day
adult (on bus) £4.90 £18 n/a
adult (app/online) £4.70* £17 £62
*app only

Boost

  all day 7 day 28 day
Boost (on bus) £2.90 £12.50 n/a
Boost (app/online) £2.80* £12 £40
*app only

simplyReading - new zone for Thames Valley!

The simplyReading zone covers Thames Valley services 127/128/129 between Reading and Sonning and all Reading Buses services within Reading.  This replaces our Wokingham Zone 4.

adult

  single 60 min
transfer
all day 7 day 30 day 90 day 365 day
adult (on bus) £2.10 £2.60 £4.20 n/a n/a n/a n/a
adult (app/online) £2 £2.50 £4 £16 £59 £160 £605

Boost

  single

60 min
 transfer

all day 7 day 30 day term pass 365 day
Boost (on bus) £1.60 £2.10 £2.90 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Boost (app) £1.50 £2 £2.90 £12 £45 £155 £420

simplyWokingham & Reading - new zone!

The brand new simplyWokingham & Reading zone is valid on services 127/128/129 between Wokingham, Twyford & Reading, but as it's also valid on Reading Buses it includes their lion 4/X4 buses as well as their services from Arborfield, Shinfield, Spencers Wood, Burghfield Common and Sonning Common. 

adult

  all day 7 day 30 day 90 day 365 day
adult (on bus) £5.70 n/a n/a n/a n/a
adult (app/online) £5.50* £19.50 £69 £205 £780
*app only

Boost

  all day 7 day 30 day term pass 365 day
Boost (on bus) £4.10 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Boost (app/online) £4.10* £14.60 £52 £185 £500
*app only

Single and return fares are graduated in this zone, meaning you pay a different fare depending on where you are going to. The tables of fares for each route will be available soon, but generally all single fares will increase by 10p and all returns by 20p.

simplyNetwork - bigger area covered!

Our revised simplyNetwork zone covers all Thames Valley Buses and Reading Buses services except Green Line between Langley and London. If you travel outside of another zone (e.g. from Bracknell to Camberley) then chances are you will need to buy a simplyNetwork ticket. Our Network Group ticket availability will be aligned with Reading's, so any 4 people travelling together pay £15 before 0930 on weekdays, and £10 after 0930 and all day on weekends and Bank Holidays.

adult

  all day 7 day daysaver5 30 day 90 day 365 day
adult (on bus) £7.30 £26 n/a n/a n/a n/a
adult (app/online) £7* £23 £23 £80 £242 £920

*app only

Boost

  all day 7 day 30 day term pass 365 day
Boost (on bus) £4.20 £18 n/a n/a n/a
Boost (app/online) £4* £17 £63 £200

£550

*app only

Green Line 702/703

Green Line tickets are valid on services 702/703 and also on all buses operated by Thames Valley Buses and Reading Buses.

adult

  all day 7 day 30 day 365 day
adult (on bus) £21 n/a n/a n/a
adult (app/online) n/a £52 £187 £1700

Boost

  all day 7 day 30 day 365 day
Boost (on bus) £14 n/a n/a n/a
Boost (app/online) n/a £35 £125 £1125

group

Green Line group tickets will become £50 on bus and remain £40 on the app.