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Information about tickets on local bus services, and railcards for train travel.

Connect 

LOGO: Connect local bus network

'Connect' is the branding for the network of bus services in West Berkshire.

The 'Connect' initiative includes great value tickets for customers travelling on bus services supported by the council and on many other local routes, saving money for frequent travellers as well as occasional users.

Adult Fares 

Ticket Type Connect UrbanConnect RuralSuitable for
Single Tickets   Any one-way journey on one route. The fare depends on where you board and alight. A £2 fare cap is currently in place on Connect Services until 31 December 2024. 
Return Tickets   Any return journey on one route that same day. The fare depends on where you board and alight. A £4 fare cap (cost of two single fare capped journeys) is currently in place on Connect Services until 31 December 2024. 
Connect Day £6£6Unlimited use for one day on valid routes. 
Connect Group Day £10£16.50Unlimited use for one day for up to 4 people (adults and/or children), on valid routes. 
FlexiConnect£16.50£22Up to ten single journeys, on valid routes. 
Connect-7 day £16.50£22Unlimited use for 7 consecutive days, on valid routes. 
Connect 30-day£61£80Unlimited use for 30 consecutive days, on valid routes. 

 

Connect Child/Youth Fares

Connect tickets are valid on many routes across West Berkshire. Information about validity can be found in our Connect tickets and fare summary. 

Child fares apply for 5-to-16-year-olds (inclusive) and young people aged through 18 (up to 19th birthday) who are in full-time education, if they produce valid identification, such as a CitizenCard (www.citizencard.com) or valid student ID.

Ticket TypeUrban FareRural FareSuitable for
Child Single

 

 

Any one-way journey on one route.  The fare depends on where you board and alight. The fare will be cheaper than the equivalent adult single. A £2 single fare cap is currently in place for many services until 31 December 2024. 

Child Return  Any return journey on one route made on the same day. The fare depends on where you board and alight. The fare will be cheaper than the equivalent adult return. A £4 fare cap (cost of two single fare capped journeys) is currently in place for many services until 31 December 2024. 
Connect Day£4£4Unlimited use for one day on valid routes. 
FlexiConnect £12£14Up to ten single journeys, on valid routes. 
Connect 7-day£12£14Unlimited use for 7 consecutive days, on valid routes. 
Connect 30-day£42£54Unlimited use for 30 consecutive days, on valid routes. 

 

Where and on which bus routes are the Connect tickets valid? 

The following table identifies local bus routes on which these tickets are sold and/or accepted. They are not currently sold or accepted on any other services, although we are working with operators to extend validity. 

Route Operator Where

Connect Urban:

Connect Day, Connect 7-day, Connect 30-day, FlexiConnect

Connect Rural Validity: 

Connect Day, Connect 7-day, Connect 30-day, FlexiConnect

Jet Black 1Reading BusesNewbury to Reading Town Centre 

Newbury to Colthrop Turn (east of Thatcham). Flexi and Group Day accepted but not sold. 

Newbury to Colthrop Turn (east of Thatcham). Flexi and Group Day accepted but not sold. 
1a/1c/1dNewbury & District Newbury to Thatcham Full routes Full routes 
1eNewbury & District Newbury to ThatchamFull routeFull route
2, 2a, 2cNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Wash Common/Tesco/Pigeons FarmFull routes Full routes 
Stagecoach Basingstoke to Tadley/Baughurst Not valid Not valid 
Lime 2/2a Reading BusesCentral Reading to Burghfield Common/Mortimer Not valid Not valid 
3, 3a, 3c, 3xNewbury & District Newbury to Hungerford Enborne Road (Sunderland Gardens stop) to NewburyFull routes - Newbury to Hungerford
4, 4a, 4b, 4cNewbury & District Newbury to LambournStockcross (Post Office) to NewburyFull routes - Lambourn to Newbury 
6/6a Newbury & District Newbury to East/West Ilsley Shaw (Cemetery) or Donnington (Castle Inn) to NewburyFull routes East/West Ilsley to Newbury 
7Stagecoach SouthNewbury to Andover Not valid Not valid 
7aStagecoach SouthNewbury to BurghclereNot valid Not valid 
8Newbury & District Newbury to Greenham/Tesco/Pigeons FarmFull routeFull route
9/9b/9c Newbury & District Newbury Town Centre to Newbury Racecourse Full routesFull routes 
15Reading Buses Central Reading to Calcot Sainsburys/IKEA/Arlington/ThealeNot valid Not valid 
16Reading Buses Central Reading to Purley Not valid Not valid 
X20Swindon BusesMarlborough to Newbury Not valid Not valid 
26Reading BusesCentral Reading to Calcot/IKEANot valid Not valid 
33Reading BusesCentral Reading to Little Heath/Turnham's Farm Not valid Not valid 
X34Thames Travel Newbury to Harwell Campus/Didcot Newbury to Vodafone HQ roundabout Newbury to Harwell Campus 
41WBC Connect Thatcham to Chapel Row/ThealeNot applicable Full route 
44West Berkshire CouncilThatcham to Beenham/CalcotNot applicable Full route 
46a/X46Stagecoach WestHungerford to SwindonNot valid Not valid 
47West Berkshire CouncilLambourn to SwindonNot applicable Lambourn to Upper Lambourn (accepted, not sold) 
75Carebus Volunteer GroupTheale to NewburyNot valid Not valid 
103, 103a, 103bNewbury & District Newbury to Greenham Business ParkNewbury to A339 Bishop Green Turn Full routes 
110/120Swindon BusesMarlborough to HungerfordNot valid Not valid 
133Going Forward BusesGoring to Wallingford via StreatleyNot valid Not valid 
143/BB3Thames Travel Reading to Upper Basildon/Goring Not valid Not valid 
145Going Forward BusesGoring to Reading via Streatley and Pangbourne Not valid Not valid 
154Horseman Coaches Stratfield Saye to Reading via Beech Hill Not valid Not valid 
Community Connect AWest Berkshire CouncilBrightwalton to NewburyNewbury to Speen Full route 
The LINKStagecoach SouthNewbury to Basingstoke Not valid Not valid 
The Ramsbury Flyer Ramsbury Community TransportRamsbury/Hungerford/NewburyNot valid Not valid 
West Berkshire Community ConnectWest Berkshire CouncilOn-demand bus service connecting Northwest Downlands with NewburyNot applicable Entire route 

 

'Connect' tickets can be bought in advance using the bus company apps meaning you can use your phone as your ticket. Alternatively, you can buy 'Connect' tickets from the driver when you board the bus. 

As well as cash, West Berkshire Council, Newbury and District , Reading Buses, Stagecoach and Thames Travel accept contactless card payments and mobile payment using AndroidPay or ApplePay, on the commercial and supported services that they operate.

You can contact the Transport Services Team if you have a specific enquiry about tickets or fares.

Tickets for the 47 Service 

The following tickets are sold on the 47 service which runs between Lambourn and Swindon. Connect Tickets are only valid on this service between Lambourn and Upper Lambourn. 

Ticket Type Adult Child Suitable for 
Single  Any one-way journey on the route. The fare depends on where you board and alight. A £2 fare cap is currently in place on Connect Services until 31 December 2024. 
Return  Any return journey on the route. The fare depends on where you board and alight. A £4 fare cap (cost of two single fare capped journeys) is currently in place for many services until 31 December 2024. 
Family Day 

£13.50

Family ticket for 4 people i.e. 1 adult, 3 children or 2 adult and 2 children. 
7-day£24£16Unlimited use for 7 consecutive days. 
14-day£48£32Unlimited use for 14 consecutive days. 
30-day£90£60Unlimited use for 30 consecutive days. 
10-trip£24£16Up to ten single journeys. 
Family-10 trip

£64

Up to ten single journeys for a family of 4, for example 1 adult, 3 children, or 2 adults and 2 children. 

    Youth Fares 

    The following table provides further information about child and youth fares available on the public bus network in West Berkshire. 

    Operator Services Information
    Reading BusesJet Black1, Lime 2/2a, 15, 16, 26, 33, 85, 86, 87 89, & 90Guide to Reading Buses Boost Range
    Newbury & District1a, 1c, 1d, 1e, 3c, 103, 103a & 103b Guide to Newbury & District fares and Connect Tickets - information available on this page. 
    Newbury & District 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9 Connect Ticket - information available on this page. 
    Stagecoach SouthThe LINK, 7/7a Guide to Stagecoach South tickets
    Stagecoach West46 & Guide to Stagecoach West tickets
    Swindon BusesX20Guide to Swindon Buses fares
    Thames TravelX34, 143 & BB3Guide to Thames Travel fares 
    Going Forward Buses 133, 145Guide to Going Forward Fares
    Horseman Coaches154

    Beech Hill to Reading child single £1.00

    Beech Hill to Reading child return £2.00

    Ramsbury Community BusThe Ramsbury Flyer To be confirmed 
    Carebus Volunteer Group75To be confirmed 
    West Berkshire Council 41, 44, 47, CCA, WBCCConnect Tickets - information available on this page. 

     

    National Fare Cap for bus journeys 

    The Government's announced a national fare cap, introduced across most bus services in England in late 2022. This offer has now been extended to 31 December 2024. 

    Most bus journeys across West Berkshire are capped at £2 for a single journey and £4 for a return journey. 

    The cap is in place on all services in the district expect: 

    • 75 service operated by Carebus 
    • 133, 145 operated by Going Forward Buses. 

    Early Bird Concessionary Fare Ticket

    Concessionary Bus Passes issued by West Berkshire Council and by other local authorities to eligible people are valid for free travel on local bus routes (with the exception of football/rugby bus routes) after 09:30 (9:30 a.m.) on weekdays, all day at weekends and on Public Holidays. For more details about the concessionary Bus Passes, please visit About Bus Passes for Older and Disabled People

    An "early bird" concessionary fare ticket can currently be purchased before 9.30am on weekdays when showing a valid bus pass on all Newbury & District services and the Jet Black 1 (between Newbury and Colthrop). 

    If boarding in the urban Newbury and Thatcham zone, it will cost £1.50; if boarding in the rural zone, it will cost £2. Further information can be found on Reading Buses website. 

    The early bird ticket is also available on Thames Travel and some Stagecoach routes that serve West Berkshire. 

    Details of validity and zones are as follows:

    Newbury/Thatcham Urban Boundary

    ServicesOperatorOuter Boundary Point
    1a, 1c, 1d, 2, 8, 9, 103Newbury & DistrictEntire route
    Jet Black 1Reading BusesColthrop Turn (only valid on journeys between Newbury and Colthrop Turn)
    3Newbury & DistrictSunderland Gardens (Enborne Road) 
    3c, 3xNewbury & DistrictSpeen
    4Newbury & DistrictStockcross
    6Newbury & DistrictShaw Cemetery
    6aNewbury & DistrictDonnington Castle PH
    7/7a, The LINKStagecoach SouthWhole route within West Berkshire (only for journeys within West Berkshire) 
    X34Thames Travel Vodafone roundabout (only for journeys within West Berkshire) 
    41West Berkshire CouncilCold Ash 
    44West Berkshire CouncilThatcham Station 
    Community Connect AWest Berkshire CouncilWoodspeen
    West Berkshire Community ConnectWest Berkshire Council To Donnington Castle 

    Rural Boundary

    ServicesOperatorOuter Boundary Point
    Lime 2/2aReading BusesNot valid 
    X34Thames Travel Harwell Campus (only valid for journeys between Newbury and Harwell Campus) 
    143Thames TravelWhole route within West Berkshire 
    3, 3c, 3x, 4, 6, 6aNewbury & DistrictRemainder of route within West Berkshire. 
    Community Connect A, 41, 44 & 47, West Berkshire Community ConnectWest Berkshire CouncilRemainder of route within West Berkshire

    The early bird concessionary fare ticket will not be available on the following bus routes:

    ServicesOperatorReason
     2, 46a, X46Stagecoachservices do not operate significantly within West Berkshire
     X20Swindon Busesservices do not operate significantly within West Berkshire
    133Going Forward Busesservices do not operate significantly within West Berkshire 
    145Going Forward Busesservice does not operate before 9.30am 
    75Carebus Volunteer Group service does not operate before 9.30am 
    154Horseman Coachesservice does not operate before 9.30am 
    15, 16, 26, 26, 33, Jet Black 1 east of (Colthrop Turn)Reading Busesto be considered at a later stage. 

    The Early Bird Tickets were initially made available for a three-month trial between January and March 2023. 

    At the end of March 2023, a decision was made by each operator who participated in the trial to make the offer permanent. 

    Bus Company Apps 

    • Newbury and District app, developed by the bus company, is free to download for Android or Apple phones, just search 'Newbury and District' in the app or play store. It allows you to get tickets on your smartphone, plan your journey and track Newbury & District (including the Jet Black 1) services. 
    • Reading Bus App, developed by the bus company, is free to download for Android or Apples phone, just search for 'Reading Buses' in the app or play store. It allows you to get tickets on your smartphone, plan your journey and track Reading Buses services (does not include Newbury & District services).  
    • Oxford Bus app, developed by the company, is free to download for Android or Apple phones, just search 'Oxford Bus' in the app or play store. Thames Travel are part of Oxford Bus Company. 
    • Stagecoach Bus App, developed by the company, is free to downland for Android or Apple phone, just search 'Stagecoach' in the app or play store. It allows you to get tickets on your smartphone, plan your journey and get service updates for 2, 7/7a, 46a/X46 and The LINK. 
    • Swindon Bus App, developed by the bus company, is free to download for Android or Apple phone, just search for 'Swindon Bus' in the app or play store. It allows you to get tickets on your smartphone, plan your journey and get service updates for X20, 110/120. 
    • West Berkshire Community Connect App, is free to downland for Android or Apple phone and is available for the on-demand bus service in the Northwest Downlands area of the district. 

    Contactless Payments

    West Berkshire Council Connect bus services supports contactless payments  - West Berkshire Community Connect, CCA, 41, 44 and 47. This will make travelling a lot more convenient with contactless payments being available on more bus services in West Berkshire. Contactless is the fast, easy and secure way to pay for transactions under £100.  All you need is a contactless-enabled card or mobile with Apple Pay or Google Pay installed and ready to use. 

    Reading Buses, Salisbury Reds, Stagecoach, Swindon Buses, and Thames Travel also offer contactless payments. 

    Contactless FAQ


    Can I pay part cash part contactless on the bus?
    You are unable to pay part cash, part contactless on board the bus. 


    Which contactless cards can I use?
    Contactless payment cards issued for Visa, Mastercard and Maestro can be used. We're unable to accept payments by Amercian Express.


    Can you use Apple/Google Pay on the bus?
    Yes, you can use Apple Pay and Google Pay.


    Which tickets can I buy with contactless?
    You can buy any tickets up to the value of £100.

     

    Railcards

    The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) operates a range of Railcard schemes that offer discounted travel by train, including the Disabled Persons Railcard.

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