Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Buses & Trains

Buses & Trains

Bus information
There are a number of buses from Reading and surrounding areas that run direct to Madejski Stadium.

A "Football Return" ticket is priced at £6 for adults and £3.50 for under-19s. This allows travellers to buy on any normal Reading Buses service and transfer onto the F1 service - and then return to town on the F1 and before again transferring onto your Reading buses service. This ticket is not valid on any other football bus and can only be purchased on a Reading Buses non-football service. It can only be purchased in the Simply Reading area. 

Please note the last departing buses from Madejski Stadium on a matchday are: 
3pm kick-off – 5.41pm departure from Northern Way (Service F1)
8pm kick-off – 10.41pm departure from Northern Way (Service F1)
• Buses from the greater Reading area, Reading town centre and Newbury are run by Reading Buses.

• Services from Basingstoke, Farnborough, Wokingham and Bracknell are subsidised by Reading FC and run by Stagecoach Buses. 

Full details for all services are below. 

Reading Buses
F1 Reading Station (Shuttle) 
F2 Shinfield Park (Park & Ride Shuttle) 
F10 Sonning Common 
F11 Emmer Green 
F12 Emmer Green & Caversham 
F13 Caversham Park 
F14 Henley-on-Thames 
F20 Newbury 
F21 Norcot 
F22 Tilehurst Circular 
F23 Theale & Pangbourne 
F24 Purley 
F30 Tywford 
F31 Woodley Airfield 
F32 Woodley 
F33 Lower Earley 
F60 Mereoak (Junction 11/A33) Park and Ride Shuttle 

View the latest Reading Buses poster by clicking here

Information is also online at

Fare prices
Reading Urban services F1 to F33 (within the Greater Reading Urban Area) 
Yellow Zone - Adult return £5, child return £3. 
Blue Zone - Adult return £6, child return £3.50. 

Services F1 and F2 
Adult return £4, child return £2.50. 
Return tickets issued by Greenwave Park and Ride service are accepted on this service. 

Service F20 (boarding Newbury Bus Station to Pipers Way) 
Adult return £7.50, child return £4.50. 

Service F20 (boarding Colthrop Lane to Theale) 
Adult return £7, child return £4. 

Service F20 (boarding Calcot Sainsbury's to Madejski Stadium (yellow zone)) 
Adult return £5, child return £3. 

All single tickets are 50p less, except F20 service from Colthrop Lane onwards which is £1 less for adults. 

Mereoak Park & Ride shuttle; adult return £3.50, solo £1.70 Group return (up to 5 people, max 3 adults) £7. Concessionary passes cannot be used on Mereoak Park and Ride shuttle buses. 
Click here for the Mereoak timetable information. 

On matchdays
The first Greenwave-Madejski service will operate along with service F1 and stops under the old bingo hall at Reading Station while works are underway. Use stop EF (station road) at the Stadium for the return journey to Reading Station. 

Stagecoach buses
951 Basingstoke - Tadley - Burghfield Common 
952 Farnborough - Yateley - Sandhurst - Crowthorne 
953 Wokingham - Emmbrook - Winnersh 
954 Bracknell 

Return ticket prices
Adult £6.50 
Child £3.50 
Family ticket (up to 2 adults + up to 3 children) £15 

A full Stagecoach football timetable is available by clicking here.

General bus info
Concessionary fares / exact change 
Concessionary Pass Holders may travel free on football services on production of a valid pass. Travelcards, day & group tickets are not valid. Drivers do not carry change so please have exact fares prepared. 

Kick off changes
The timetables published have details for games with 3pm kick off times When a fixture is moved, the timetable will move by the same amount of time, eg. for a 1pm kick off, buses simply run two hours earlier than the 3pm kick off time. 

Rail information
The nearest railway station to Madejski Stadium is Reading. From the station you can take a Greenwave Park & Ride service. Greenwave does not leave from the Old Bus Station. These run from the North interchange on Mondays to Fridays but on Saturdays will run from Station Road stop EF instead. 

Please note that there is ample town centre parking for access to these buses - Garrard Street, Vastern Road and Broad Street Mall are all within easy walking distance of the Station Hill bus stop.