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Train Information to Reading from Liverpool

distanceDistance159 miles (256 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 24 min
priceAverage train ticket price£74 (€84)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersWest Midlands Railway or Cross Country

Trains from Liverpool to Reading cover the 159 miles (256 km) long route taking on average 3 h 24 min with our travel partners like West Midlands Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £74, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £45. Travellers depart most frequently from Liverpool Lime Street and arrive in Reading.

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Liverpool to Reading with CrossCountry

CrossCountry trains will get you between Liverpool and Reading from £45. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.


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

CrossCountry tickets between Liverpool and Reading are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect journey with CrossCountry from Liverpool to Reading all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current CrossCountry train timetables and train tickets available on Omio for the 159 miles (256 km) trip. You can also see relevant travel information for the CrossCountry train, such as luggage policy and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest Liverpool to Reading routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best CrossCountry Liverpool to Reading train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Reading with CrossCountry!

Liverpool to Reading train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 20 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets from Liverpool to Reading due to the coronavirus:

  • 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 Liverpool 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 Liverpool to Reading.
What is the price of the cheapest train to Reading from Liverpool?
You can find a cheap train from Liverpool to Reading for some dates and times for as low as £45  one way in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Liverpool to Reading?
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket to Reading from Liverpool is £74  one way.
How far is it from Liverpool to Reading by train?
The train distance from Liverpool to Reading is around 159 miles (256 km).
How many hours does it take from Liverpool to Reading by train?
On average the train from Liverpool to Reading duration is 3 h 24 min  for the 159 miles (256 km) long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
What station does the Liverpool to Reading train leave from? Which Reading train station do I come into from Liverpool?

There are a few train stations in Liverpool to start your trip from including Liverpool Lime Street, Liverpool Central and Liverpool South Parkway. In Reading you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Reading and Reading West.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Liverpool Lime Street   and arrive in Reading.

Where is the Liverpool train station located? Where is the Reading train station located?

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Liverpool Lime Street and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km 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 mile (s) / 0 km from this train station to the city centre.

Which train companies can get me from Liverpool to Reading?
If you're looking for trains from Liverpool to Reading, you can rely on West Midlands Railway or Cross Country to get you to Reading. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Liverpool to Reading route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains are there between Liverpool and Reading a day?
On average, there are 12 trains a day from Liverpool to Reading. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When can I take the first train from Liverpool to Reading? When can I take the last train for the day?
The first Liverpool to Reading train departs at 07: 05   and the last train from Liverpool to Reading leaves at 09: 38. Check out the most up-to-date Liverpool to Reading train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I book train tickets between Liverpool and Reading for the best deals?
If you book a train ticket to Reading from Liverpool within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £74 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Liverpool to Reading are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Liverpool Lime Street is the most popular Liverpool 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 Liverpool for your journey to Reading.
Amenities at station
Ticket office hours
Sun: 07: 15 - 23: 05 | Mon - Sat: 05: 00 - 23: 38
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 9, 10, 61, 82, 79, 86C, 500
Train lines: Northern, West Midlands, TransPennine Express, East Midlands, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales, London Northwestern
Suburban train lines: Wirral Line (green)