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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Reading

distanceDistance81 miles (130 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 8 min
priceAverage train ticket price£26 (€29)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersCross Country

Trains from Birmingham to Reading cover the 81 miles (130 km) long route taking on average 3 h 8 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £16, but the average price of train tickets is £26. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Reading.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Birmingham to Reading

Find the best trains from Birmingham to Reading with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry from £16. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.


CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train to Reading from Birmingham you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

It’s easy to book your CrossCountry train ticket to Reading from Birmingham online with Omio! Simply check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route to Reading from Birmingham as well as relevant travel information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. Prices for CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Reading start at £16 one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 81 miles (130 km). If you search for CrossCountry trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when travelling by train to Reading from Birmingham. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Birmingham to Reading CrossCountry train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

Birmingham to Reading train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 33 min
  • Average Price: £16
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

CrossCountry 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Reading from Birmingham are the following:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Travel Tips: Trains from Birmingham to Reading

Travel by train to Reading easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Birmingham to Reading.

How much do cheap trains between Birmingham and Reading cost?

Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Birmingham and Reading for the next 7 days starting from £16  one way.

What is the average cost of a train from Birmingham to Reading?

If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Birmingham to Reading train to cost on average £26  one way.

What is the distance to Reading from Birmingham via train?

When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Birmingham and Reading via train to be approximately 81 miles (130 km).

How long is the train journey between Birmingham and Reading?

The Birmingham to Reading train duration is on average 3 h 8 min, which is to be expected when travelling 81 miles (130 km) from Birmingham to Reading. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.

What station does the Birmingham to Reading train leave from? Which Reading train station do I come into from Birmingham?

When departing from Birmingham, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street. When arriving in Reading, you can end your journey in train stations like Reading, Reading West and Reading.

Omio customers book a train from Birmingham New Street   to Reading   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Birmingham? Where is the train station in Reading?

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Birmingham New Street and need to travel around 0.2 miles (399 m) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Reading most often arrive at Reading and need to travel around 0.2 miles (268 m) from this train station to the city centre.

What train providers offer a service between Birmingham and Reading?

If you're looking for trains from Birmingham to Reading, you can rely on Cross Country to get you to Reading. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Birmingham to Reading trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

When is the earliest train from Birmingham to Reading? When is the last train from Birmingham to Reading?

If you prefer early morning trains from Birmingham to Reading, the first train leaves at 08: 50. If you prefer late night trains from Birmingham to Reading, the last train of the day leaves at 10: 30. Omio shows you the latest train from Birmingham to Reading schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.

How far in advance should I book train tickets between Birmingham and Reading for the best deals?

You can find a train between Birmingham and Reading to cost on average £26 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Birmingham to Reading train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Birmingham New Street is the most popular Birmingham railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Birmingham for your journey to Reading.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 15 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 30 - 23: 00
Public transport options for Birmingham New Street
Bus lines: N5, N6, N8, 4, 9, 23, 45, 50, 61, X51, X70
Train lines: West Midlands, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales