London to Reading train

Cheap train tickets from London to Reading

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£31

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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Train schedule London to Reading

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Fastest train times from London to Reading

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Fastest Journey

23 m

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29 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

59 km

Of the 6 trains that leave London for Reading every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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Overview: Train from London to Reading

distanceDistance36 miles
durationAverage train duration27 min
priceAverage train ticket price£26 (€29)
frequencyTrain frequency208 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 208 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersTfL Rail, Great Western Railway, South Western Railway or First Great Western Service

Trains from London to Reading cover the 36 miles long trip taking on average 27 min with our travel partners like TfL Rail, Great Western Railway, South Western Railway or First Great Western Service. Normally, there are 208 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £26, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £19. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Reading.

Train providers: Great Western Rail and South Western Railway trains London to Reading

For as little as £19 you can travel by train from London to Reading with Great Western Rail and South Western Railway. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this journey.

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Great Western Rail tickets from London to Reading are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect route with Great Western Rail to Reading from London all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current Great Western Rail train timetables and train tickets available on Omio for the 36 miles (58 km) journey. You can also see relevant travel information for the Great Western Rail 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 London to Reading routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best Great Western Rail London to Reading train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the Great Western Rail 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 Great Western Rail!

Train information from London to Reading with Great Western Rail:

  • Average Duration: 28 min
  • Great Western Rail frequency: 174 a day

Omio helps you compare and book the perfect train with South Western Railway to Reading from London for a smooth and relaxing journey. Check the latest South Western Railway train timetables for the ideal departure and arrival times, take a look at the travel information for the London to Reading train with South Western Railway (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard), compare the best connections for your London - Reading trip and then book a cheap train ticket with ease. The distance from London to Reading by train is 36 miles (58 km). You can book tickets for this South Western Railway train for as low as £19 one-way if you book in advance. When you search for South Western Railway tickets to Reading from London in the Omio app, you can also check whether they are mobile tickets quickly and easily. If they are mobile tickets, then you can go paperless when taking a train. Book that perfect South Western Railway London - Reading train ticket online and enjoy your trip!

Trains from London to Reading

If you are travelling from London to Reading, the train is a fast and affordable option. Trains from London to Reading run every day, as often as every few minutes. Trains depart from early morning until late at night, so you can be flexible to suit your travel plans. Three rail companies operate trains from London to Reading. Great Western Railway offer the most frequent and fastest routes from London to Reading, while TfL Rail and South Western Railway lines usually take longer but can be cheaper if you have more time. We recommend comparing tickets from London to Reading before your journey to make sure you find the best deal.

London to Reading Train Times: Daily Departures

You can find a highly frequent timetable of trains from London to Reading every day of the week. Trains travel directly from London Paddington or Waterloo Station to Reading Station. Trains depart around the clock, from as early as around 5:04 a.m. until as late as around 3:34 a.m. The earliest trains on Sunday depart at around 6:59 a.m. and run until around 11:54 p.m. The fastest trains from London to Reading take around 23min, while slower trains can take up to around 1h 25min.

How long is the journey by train from London to Reading?

There is a frequent schedule of high-speed direct trains from London Paddington to Reading every day. These trains are operated by Great Western Railway and have a journey time of around 23min. High-speed trains depart from Paddington around every 10min. Providers like South Western Railway and TfL Rail also offer daily train services from London to Reading, with a longer journey time of around 1h. Compare ticket prices before your journey to find out whether slower trains could offer you a much cheaper ticket.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from London to Reading?

Departure train station: London Paddington. Great Western Railway trains from London to Reading depart from Paddington Station in West London. Paddington is around 20min by public transport from the city centre. Aside from local and regional bus and train services, you can also take the underground train within the city. Paddington Underground Station connects to four lines and is right beside the main train station. The station itself is open 24/7 and has many amenities such as a ticket office and help desk, coffee shops and eateries, free of charge toilet and baby changing facilities, showers and seating areas.

Arrival train station: Reading Station. Located right in the centre of Reading, the train station is a short walk from sights like Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading Museum and Christchurch Meadows across the River Thames. You can find a taxi rank at the station entrance, and also take local bus and train services to get around the town and surrounding area. Passengers going to Heathrow Airport can travel from Reading Station directly to the airport with the RailAir coach service. The station is open 24h every day, and the ticket office is open from around 5:15 a.m. until 10:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m on Sundays. You can find several facilities at the station such as an ATM, pay phone, toilets and baby changing facilities, 24h waiting rooms and shops and cafes.

Reading Thames Bridge. Source: Shutterstock

Which train companies travel from London to Reading?

The quickest lines from London to Reading are operated by Great Western Railway. Great Western Railway offer a schedule of daily services from London to Reading, departing around every 10min. You can also buy tickets from London to Reading with South Western Railway and TfL trains. Both providers also operate a regular daily schedule, though journey time may be considerably longer as these routes involve more stops along the way.

Great Western Railway trains from London to Reading

Great Western Railway operate a highly frequent timetable of trains from London to Reading every day. On weekdays, trains depart from as early as around 5:04 a.m. until as late as around 3:34 a.m. Sunday services run from around 8 a.m. until around 11:54 p.m. The fastest Great Western Railway services take around 23min, with slower night trains taking up to around 58min.

South Western Railway trains from London to Reading

South Western Railway services from London to Reading depart from London Waterloo Station. South Western Railway run a frequent schedule of trains every day, around every 30min. The average journey time of South Western Railway trains from London to Reading is around 1h 26min.

TfL Rail trains from London to Reading

TfL Rail usually run around one train per hour from London Paddington to Reading Station, every day of the week. TfL Rail trains travel directly from London to Reading with a journey time of around 1h. The earliest TfL trains from London to Reading depart at around 5:13 a.m. and the latest trains depart at around 10:43 p.m. On Sundays, the earliest departure is usually at around 6:59 a.m. and the latest service is at around 10:33 p.m.

Reading Thames Gate. Source: Shutterstock

Train from London to Reading: Services on Board

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and TfL Rail all provide assistance for passengers with special mobility needs. If you need extra assistance during your journey, you can book mobility assistance before you travel. Both London Paddington Station and Reading Station have step-free access into and throughout the station, as well as low ticket counters and induction loops at booking desks.

Pets are not permitted onboard except assistance guide dogs. Great Western Railway passengers can take up to three items of baggage with them. Bikes can also be taken onboard if a space is booked in advance. Bikes are not permitted on South Western Railway services from London Waterloo departing between 7:15-10:00 a.m. and 4:45-7:00 p.m. TfL Rail similarly only permit bikes outwith peak travelling times, i.e. not between 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m. on weekdays.

How can I find cheap train tickets from London to Reading?

We recommend comparing ticket prices and departure times across different train providers in order to find cheap train tickets from London to Reading. Try to book your ticket as early as possible, and be flexible with your departure time to find the best deals for you. Tickets from London to Reading tend to be cheaper during off-peak hours to avoid the commuting rush.

Railcard holders can also take advantage of discounted tickets on all railway services. Railcards are available for young people up to the age of 30, senior citizens and disabled passengers, and can save you up to 1/3 off every ticket you purchase. For more travel advice, read our online magazine Window Seat.

Travelling to Reading by train— travel tips

Reading is known for its historic sites, quaint gardens and popular music festival. If you want to find out more about the town's history, visit the Museum of English Rural Life or the Reading Museum, where you can see a replica of the Bayeux tapestry. Explore ancient ruins like the Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre, Reading Abbey and the grand 18th century manor at Basildon Park. Relax and wander through one of the town's many parks and gardens such as Beale Park, Wellington Country Park, Christchurch Meadows and Caversham Court Gardens. Those visiting the town in summer can visit Reading Festival, which takes place over the last weekend in August and hosts internationally acclaimed pop and rock artists.

Taking the Train from London

Paddington station is in the central West of London with convenient, quick connections to the West End and City via the tube network. It is also served by 16 London bus routes which stop outside on Praed Street and a dedicated black cab rank. Those travelling from Waterloo will find it located to the south of the river Thames, which is convenient for people returning from the London Eye or the National Theatre.

Getting into Reading by Train

Reading is a modern town with all the amenities one would expect. It is very much considered part of the "commuter belt", so rush hour trains do get very, VERY busy. Leisure travellers should do their best to avoid these trains from London to Reading; not only are they horribly cramped, fares are also higher if not booked in advance. Reading station itself is located on the northern outskirts of town. The elderly, those with children or heavy luggage can take local bus services into the centre of town but it can be a pleasant walk through the park, just turn left out of the concourse and follow the signposts).

Travel Tips: Trains from London 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 London to Reading.
FAQs
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Reading from London to cost as little as £19  in the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to purchase tickets for this route in the next 7 days, you’ll find that London to Reading train prices are on average £26  one way.
You should expect to travel around 36 miles  from London to Reading by train.
The train time between London and Reading is on average 27 min  for the 36 miles long journey, but the time it takes to go between London and Reading by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

Some of the London train stations to Reading you can start your journey from include London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Reading include Reading, Reading West and Reading.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from London Victoria   and arriving in Reading.

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called London Victoria, is located 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the city centre of London.

The most popular arrival train station, Reading, is located 0.2 miles (420 m) away from the city centre of Reading.

Take the London to Reading train with TfL Rail, Great Western Railway, South Western Railway or First Great Western Service. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip from London to Reading as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 208 direct trains per day from London to Reading with TfL Rail or Great Western Railway, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
The average number of trains departing London for Reading is 208 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The first London to Reading train departs at 05: 27   and the last train from London to Reading leaves at 23: 36. Check out the most up-to-date London to Reading train schedule on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
The price of a one way train ticket from London to Reading is on average £26 if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets to Reading from London available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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London Victoria is the most popular London 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 London for your journey to Reading.
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Public transport options for London Victoria
Onward travel information: Victoria Bus Station at Station Front
Location for Rail Replacement Services: When weekend engineering dictate that replacement bus services will operate, these will usually depart from the immediate Station front/Terminus Place. Travel from London Victoria is usually conveyed by London Buses in these instances. Check posters and staff for more details.
Metro: Underground services: Victoria Line, District Line and Circle Line
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Public transport options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Go to Platform 2, there is a gate adjacent to the station from the main road.
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Public transport options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
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Public transport options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
Metro: Tube Lines.
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Public transport options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139
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Public transport options for London Waterloo
Onward travel information: Waterloo is well connected to London's public transport network. Waterloo Underground station serves the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Plan a journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Buses depart from several points around the station. All Transport for London Buses are accessible with step free access and have a dedicated mobility space. Buses from Waterloo (tfl. Gov. Uk) The station has a dedicated taxi rank for London Black Taxis on the roadway outside exit 3. Santander Hire Bicycles are available from the docking stations outside. Santander Cycles - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Waterloo is within easy walking distance of the South Bank and a number of visitor attractions. Walking - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
Metro: Waterloo Underground station is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Step free access is available to and from the Jubilee Line. For more information on London Transport accessibility: Plan an accessible journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
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Public transport options for London Liverpool Street
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Replacement transport stop on either Liverpool Street (outside the station entrance), or beside Platform 10, depending on operational requirements
Metro: Liverpool Street underground station has connections to the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
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Public transport options for London Bridge
Onward travel information: The Bus Station is located directly outside the main entrance at upper level. There are also bus stops outside on Tooley Street. For further information on buses, a bus information kiosk is also located outside the main doors of the station at upper level.
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement bus services are usually found outside the front of the station. However this is sometimes subject to change. Please check engineering posters or consult a member of staff.
Metro: For North and North East Kent and South East London
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Public transport options for Heathrow Airport T123
Onward travel information: National Rail trains serving London Paddington National Express coaches to Victoria Coach Station and Gatwick Airport London Underground
Metro: Connection available with the London Underground (Piccadilly Line)
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Public transport options for London Marylebone
Location for Rail Replacement Services: At station entrance.
Metro: Bakerloo Line.

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