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Changes to First Beeline routes 3, 8 and X74 from Sunday 28 January 2024

Routes 3, 8 and X74 have new timetables, to improve reliability.

Please check times for routes 3, 8 and X74 carefully as some journeys run much earlier or later than previously, and in many cases buses are no longer at the same times past each hour through most of the day. On route X74, some Monday to Friday early morning and Monday to Saturday evening journeys are withdrawn.

£2 fare cap has been further extended: 1 January 2023 – now until 31 December 2024

You can “get around for £2” by bus from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024, thanks to a national government bus fare cap scheme. Most bus fares are capped at £2 for a single and £4 for a return. Bus companies in Slough which are participating: Carousel Buses*, First Bus Berkshire & Thames Valley (First Beeline)*, Reading Buses (Windsor Express) (until at least 30 June 2024), Red Eagle Buses*, Redline Buses and Thames Valley Buses (until at least 30 June 2024). Single journeys on TfL route 81 are still £1.75.

* extension of this scheme beyond 31 December 2023 is still to be confirmed for this bus company.

Slough Bus Station closed

Following a fire, Slough Bus Station is closed until further notice. All bus routes in Slough are instead using bus stops in Wellington Street, Brunel Way, High Street and Windsor Road.

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Bus operators in Slough

You can contact each bus operator for more information about their services. Their contact details, websites and mobile apps are listed below.

Bear Buses

  • Route 305

Visit the Bear Buses website

Telephone Bear Buses on 020 8867 0617.

Carousel Buses

  • Chiltern Hundreds routes 103, 106, 107, route 583.

Visit the Carousel website or download the Carousel app.

Telephone Carousel on 01494 450151.

For information on how to travel safely visit Carousel's COVID-19 updates page .

First Bus Berkshire & The Thames Valley (First Beeline)

  • Routes 3, 6, 7, 8, 12 (Mon-Sat daytimes), 13, A4 and X74

Visit the First Bus Berkshire & The Thames Valley website or download the First Bus app.

Telephone First Bus on 0345 646 0707.

Hallmark Connections (Hotel Hoppa)

  • Route H5H

Visit the Hotel Hoppa website or download the Hotel Hoppa app.

Reading Buses

  • Windsor Express routes - The London Line 701, 702 and Flightline 703

Visit the Windsor Express web page or download the Windsor Express app.

Telephone Reading Buses on 0118 959 4000.

For information on how to travel safely, visit Reading Buses' keeping you safe past 19 July page and face coverings on buses page.

Red Eagle Buses

  • Routes 63 and 68

Visit the Red Eagle website.

Redline Buses

  • Route WP1

Visit the Redline website or download the myTrip app

Telephone Redline Buses on 01296 426786.

Stewarts Coaches

  • Route BR

Visit the Stewarts Coaches Bath Road Central webpage or telephone 033 01 358 468.

For information on how to travel safely, visit the National Express Transport Solutions' Our Safety page .

Thames Valley Buses

  • Routes 2, 5, 12 (Mon - Sat evenings and Sundays and Public Holidays), 15, 53

Visit the Thames Valley Buses website or download the Thames Valley Buses app.

Telephone Thames Valley Buses on 0118 973 3486.

Transport for London (TfL)

  • Route 81

Visit the TfL Buses webpage or download the TfL Go app

Telephone TfL on 0343 222 1234.

For information on how to travel safely, visit the TfL Keeping our network well-ventilated and clean page.

Community Transport

If your mobility is restricted or if you have difficulty using public transport, please contact Slough Community Transport.

Live bus updates

Want to know how your bus is running?

Visit the Traveline website and select "Live times".

You can also text a bus stop code to 84268 and get an automated text back, normally in less than a minute, with the next buses from that stop. 

In Slough the bus stop codes start with “slg” (eg. “slgdatg”). If texting 84268, you can also add a route number (leaving a space after the bus stop code, eg. "slgdatg 8") to show just the next buses on that route from that stop.

The times are specific to an individual stop for travel in one direction. The code for the stop in the other direction will be different. A clock time (e.g. 0935) will be shown if the information comes from timetables or an expected waiting time (e.g. 5 mins) if it comes from a real-time information system.

Your mobile operator may charge you for your text to 84268 (this usually costs around 10p), and Traveline charges you 25p for the text that they send back.

For more information, visit the Traveline services page.