Buses - information and advice
Changes to supported bus services
Bus services supported by Bracknell Forest Council changed on 13 July 2015.
Supported bus services are services the council helps to pay for because the commercial bus companies would not run them without our support. Supported services provide links between local communities and essential services such as health centres, workplaces, schools and colleges and food shops. Because the council is involved financially in these services, we have a role in setting the routes and timetables.
What are the changes?
Please visit our bus routes and timetables page for information about changes.
Withdrawal of First bus services from 29 August
First have announced they are withdrawing their commercial bus services from Bracknell Forest with effect from 29 August. The 90 service will continue to run, but will be operated by Reading Buses from this date. Please see Buses Q and A (PDF, 81kb) for answers to some commonly asked questions.
'Real Time' information
Courtney buses are fitted with special technology so they can be tracked as they are driven round their routes. This makes it possible to predict when the bus is likely to arrive at each stop, and allows passengers to plan their journeys better.
To get this this information, you can:
- download the free Courtney Buses app to your smart phone - for more information visit the Courtney Buses website or
- visit the buses - search for live information web page
Real time information will be displayed in minutes, for example, ‘6 mins’. Where real time information is not available, timetable information will be displayed in the usual clock format – for example, ‘11:47’.
In the coming weeks you may see a ‘QR’ code at your bus stop, similar to the one below. Scan this code with your smart phone to be taken directly to a website showing real time information for that stop.
Routes and timetables
Links to the websites of the main bus operators showing routes and timetables are on our web page about bus routes and timetables. For information on fares, please contact the bus operator directly.
Alternatively, the Traveline website provides timetable, route and bus stop information together with maps to help you plan a bus journey. You can also telephone Traveline on 0871 200 2233 to speak to someone about a bus-related question.
Changes to Bracknell bus stationMajor improvement work is getting closer to completion at Bracknell bus station. The work is part of the town centre regeneration and includes new waiting shelters with real-time information, new paving and cycle facilities, and re-surfacing. We would like to thank bus users for their patience and understanding while the works have been taking place.
Concessionary bus fares
Residents who have reached the qualifying age or who are eligible through disability can apply for a national concessionary bus pass. The scheme allows pass holders to travel on local bus services for free at weekends and at off-peak times during the week.
For more information visit our page about the travel concessions scheme.
Combined rail and bus tickets - PlusBus
PlusBus is a discounted bus ticket for people making a combined rail and bus journey. It allows unlimited local bus travel around town at the start, the end, or on both ends of your train journey.
For more information, and a map showing the area you can use a Bracknell PlusBus ticket, download our PlusBus leaflet or visit the national PlusBus website:
Shelters managed by the borough council are inspected regularly. If you notice any damage or vandalism please contact us.
Some of the older looking, green coloured bus shelters are the responsibility of Bracknell Town Council. You can report issues to them by calling 01344 420079.