Concessionary travel

For the duration of the coronavirus emergency, Reading Borough Council is allowing anyone with an elderly persons concessionary bus pass to use this service at any time for free travel on local bus services, including before 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays. Wherever possible elderly residents should order a food delivery or ask someone they trust to shop for them, but by allowing earlier travel with a concessionary pass we can offer a better option for those who cannot do so.

Reading Borough Council gives notice of the publication of its concessionary bus fares scheme for older and disabled people, as part of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS), in accordance with and subject to the relevant provisions of the Transport Act 1985, the Transport Act 2000, the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007 and all associated secondary legislation.

pdf icon Reading Borough Council concessionary travel scheme guidelines [1Mb]

Bus passes

Reading Borough residents who turned 60 on or before 5 April 2010 are entitled to a free bus pass on all local buses in the Reading urban area between 9.30am and 11pm, Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends and on bank holidays. Residents who turn 60 on or after 6 April 2010 should check eligibility.

Passes are not valid on football or rugby buses. 

You can apply for a concessionary pass form online.

You can apply to replace a pass if it is lost or damaged. The replacement fee is £10. If your pass was stolen and you have a valid crime reference number (CRN) from Thames Valley Police, you can apply for a free replacement

You can still apply for a replacement pass by post. Please print and complete the pdf icon replacement pass application form [1Mb].

Disability bus passes (Access and Access Companion passes)

Reading Borough residents who cannot hold a driver's license on medical grounds or with limited mobility can apply for a disability bus pass. You may use your pass at any time on weekdays, weekends and bank holidays and you may also be able to travel for free on Readibus if you meet their eligibility criteria. Carers may also qualify for free bus travel as a companion. 

For more information on concessionary bus passes please call 0118 937 3767 or use our online enquiry form


Readibus provides a dial-a-ride bus service for people with limited mobility. You can apply for an access pass - journeys range from £1.50 to £3 if you do not have a pass. 

School travel

Find out more about School travel.

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