We have always been dedicated to ensuring that we will try our best to get people from where they are to where they want to go! School travel is no different and we aim to transport school pupils in comfort and safety, at an affordable price, and we welcome them on all of our bus services.
Our silverstars buses serve five main schools across the Reading area; Bulmershe, Chiltern Edge, Denefield, Little Heath and Theale Green.
Other schools are served by our ordinary bus services, and we run extra journeys and extend services via schools as required to accommodate pupil travel requirements. If your child attends a different school to those listed above, please consult our network map to see which services run to their school. Alternatively, you can contact our friendly customer services team who will be happy to help you.
For further information, and full timetables for all buses that run to each school, please follow the links below. These incorporate a map of the bus services serving each school and also information on bus fares and how to book. If you're not sure which bus service your child needs to use, there's a handy postcode search that will direct you to your closest bus stop.
We have changed the validity of our bus passes to make them more usable and logical! Check each product description below and then click here to buy.
If your child travels on one of our 'main' buses (e.g. yellow 26 or jet black 1) in the simplyReading or simplyNetwork area to get to school, then these passes are the best option for you.
The simplyReading pass is valid on all our buses within the simplyReading area - which is broadly all routes plus large sections of the lime 2, leopard 3/3b/10, lion 4X4, route 7 and pink 25.
The simplyNetwork pass is valid on all our buses -plus, it includes most of Green Line 702 and 703 as well!
The simplyReading academic year pass is £350 online and the simplyNetwork academic year pass is £405 online.
This year, your silverstars pass is valid on all silverstars buses (buses that have a L, S or T after their number - or the 145 for Henley-on-Thames) as well as travel on all Reading Buses services within the simplyReading area Monday to Friday during term time only. This pass is best for parents who just want to guarantee their child's school travel. If you want all week travel, see silverstars plus below.
Silverstars passes are £390 online.
Silverstars plus pass remain unchanged and are valid on all silverstars buses (buses that have a L, S or T after their number - or the 145 for Henley-on-Thames) as well as travel on all Reading Buses services within the simplyReading area all week and during school holidays (except summer)! This pass gives your child the flexibility to travel at weekends as well as for their school journeys.
Silverstars plus passes are £490 online.
We will no longer be running service 983 for Bulmershe School as it will now be operated by Horseman Coaches. This service is a Wokingham Borough Council funded service and Horsemans are now the contracted operator. You will not be able to use any of our tickets and smartcards on this bus.
For further information about this service, please contact Horseman Coaches on 0118 975 3811.
From September 2018 you will need to buy a Silverstars smartcard/bus ticket to travel on this service. Boost smartcards and tickets will no longer be valid on service 981.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit bulmershe.vectare.co.uk
Service 921 will be renumbered to service 22S. There will be a minor change to the route in the Emmer Green area to allow this bus to serve Highdown School. Marshland Square and The Pond stops will no longer be used. Instead, you should use bus stops at St Barnabas Church, Black Horse and Cavendish Road.
Service 922 will be renumbered to service 23S. There will be no changes to the route of this service, but it will now use all bus stops on its route. It will no longer be limited stop. This will be the only service for the Caversham Park area.
Service 923 will be renumbered to service 25S. The service will have a completely different route, but all of Lower Caversham will continue to be served. If you currently catch this bus from outside the Travellers Rest pub on Henley Road you should wait at the bus stop on the opposite side of the road in the mornings.
Pink 25 will no longer divert via Chiltern Edge School. If you are travelling from Central Reading or Peppard Road you should use route 25S.
You will need to buy Silverstars tickets and smartcards to travel on services 22S, 23S and 25S. Boost tickets and smartcards will not be valid.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit chilternedge.vectare.co.uk
Service 991 is being withdrawn from September 2018 due to the withdrawal of Reading Borough Council funding. If you travel from Tilehurst to Denefield School you should use sky blue 15a instead. There is no direct replacement service available if you travel from Whitley Wood, Coley Park or Southcote. You will need to catch one of our buses to Central Reading and change onto sky blue 16 to Denefield School.
Services 18S and 28S will no longer serve Denefield School. If you travel from Purley you should use sky blue 16 instead. If you travel from Pangbourne you should contact West Berkshire Council for advice.
Sky blue 16 has a slightly revised timetable in the afternoon to accommodate Denefield School’s earlier finishing time from September 2018.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit denefield.vectare.co.uk
We are introducing a new Silverstars service, numbered 145, from Woodcote to Gillotts School (Henley-on-Thames) via Caversham, Caversham Park and Sonning Common.
There will also be a bus service from Henley-on-Thames town centre to Gillotts School. In the morning you should travel on service 151, and in the afternoon you should travel on service 145.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit gillotts.vectare.co.uk
From September 2018, there will be bus services to Highdown School from Caversham Heights and Lower Caversham. These services are in addition to the existing pink 23 and 24 services that will continue to provide links between Central Reading and Caversham Park and Highdown School.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit highdown.vectare.co.uk
Service 18S is being withdrawn due to low passenger demand. It is being replaced between Kentwood Hill and Little Heath School by a new service, sky blue 16S, which will start in Central Reading and run via Oxford Road, Kentwood Hill and Chapel Hill to Little Heath School.
Services 26L and 33S have revised timetables in the afternoon in order to reduce the amount of time that pupils are waiting at school at the end of the school day.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit littleheath.vectare.co.uk
Service 1S is being withdrawn due to low passenger demand. It is being replaced in the Norcot area by service 28S, which will now start from The Victoria. Passengers in the Dee Road area should use sky blue 15T. Passengers along Bath Road should use jet black 1 or yellow 26T.
Service 28S is being revised in order to cater for passengers in the Norcot area who currently travel on service 1S. Long Lane, Dark Lane and Overdown Road will no longer be served due to low passenger demand in these areas. Service 28S will now start from The Victoria and run via Oxford Road, Pangbourne and Tidmarsh to Theale Green School.
For route, timetable and fare information, and to buy a smartcard, visit thealegreen.vectare.co.uk