Free Bus Travel This Festive Season

The festive season is upon us and this year you will have even more reason to leave your car at home as free bus travel will be offered again across West Berkshire!

Following on from previous successful free travel initiatives over the last year, all bus journeys within West Berkshire will be free all day on the following days in November and December:

You can travel at any time on these days, so why not take the opportunity to go Christmas shopping, look at festive lights, attend the panto at the Corn Exchange, go for a bite to eat in the local eateries, take in some of the outstanding scenery, or do a round of pre-Christmas visits to family and friends.

Additionally, the Council will put on a free “Christmas Shopper” service for selected villages around West Berkshire who don’t have a bus service on Saturdays starting from 19 November through to Christmas Eve.

You can travel at any time on these days, so why not take the opportunity to go Christmas shopping, look at festive lights, attend the panto at the Corn Exchange, go for a bite to eat in the local eateries, take in some of the outstanding scenery, or do a round of pre-Christmas visits to family and friends.

Want to travel further?

Free travel is available to Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon.

If you start your journey from anywhere in West Berkshire, your return journey will be free too – just ask the driver for a return ticket when you board.

This initiative has been developed by the West Berkshire Enhanced Bus Partnership, a partnership between West Berkshire Council, Reading Buses, Newbury & District, Thames Travel and Stagecoach.

Free bus travel is available on these operators’ services and the Council’s own Connect buses on the days outlined above, as well as those of Going Forward Buses on 17 November.  

As well as free travel for journeys starting in West Berkshire, operators will also allow passengers to return from places further afield free of charge. Concessionary Bus Passes will still be accepted as normal.

Additionally, the Council will put on a free “Christmas Shopper” service for selected villages around West Berkshire who don’t have a bus service on Saturdays starting from 19 November through to Christmas Eve.

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