Getting around Reading

Reading bike scheme hire

Reading has an extensive network of buses linking the different areas. They are relatively inexpensive and a quick way of travelling. It is therefore worth getting to know the bus routes that are of most use to you. The main buses that service the University of Reading are the 20, 20a and 21. These can be caught on campus on Chancellors Way as well as near the Main Entrance on Shinfield Road arriving approximately every 10 minutes and going to both the town centre and the large supermarket, ASDA, in Lower Earley. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get into town and only 10 minutes to get to Campus from Reading Railway station on theses buses. The cost into town or back from town onto campus is currently £1.80 for an adult or £1.30 if you are 19 years old or younger and you have obtained a free Readi-id card.

You can also purchase a SimplyUni card which gives you unlimited use on routes 20, 20a and 21 for either a whole term for £99 or a whole year for £297. If you use the buses a lot this can be a substantial saving. For information about the Readi-id and simplyUni cards, as well as other discount options for buying multiple tickets in advance see the bus website:

Whiteknights campus is approximately 25 minutes walk from the centre of town or 35 min walk to the train station. Walking is a healthy way of getting around, but when it is dark or late it is not recommended to walk alone. Buses and taxis are a safer option.

At the University of Reading students are encouraged to cycle. Whiteknights Campus is ideal for cycling and cycling can save you time getting to and from lectures. There are bicycle racks at hall and on the main campus, so there’s always somewhere to lock your bike. Cycling in Reading town is more challenging and requires a good knowledge of road traffic rules and conventions. If you are unsure it is best to go with someone who has more experience before venturing out on your own. Cycle helmets should always be worn when cycling and when cycling at night and on dull overcast days, lights should be used and bright, preferably reflective, clothes should be worn.

New bicycles can be bought from a number of shops in Reading including Halfords, Argos and Berkshire Cycle Centre on Wokingham Road. You can also buy bicycles second hand for a lot cheaper from websites such as

The cost for the card is £28 for a year or £65 for 3 years.

You can purchase a 16-25 railcard at most train stations by filling in a leaflet at the station. You will need to have a passport size photo of yourself and your passport for proof of age. An ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) will also entitle you to purchase the rail card.

For more information about the railcard or to buy a railcard online and have it sent to you see this site:

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