Manchester to Reading train

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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Reading

Showing times and prices for 25 Jun

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Manchester to Reading is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cross Country
08:253h15
Manchester
11:40Reading
£831One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
09:253h14
Manchester
12:39Reading
£871One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
14:353h18
Manchester
17:53Reading
£921One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
21:155h14
Manchester
02:29Reading
£921One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:353h18
Manchester
12:53Reading
£921One-way
0 changes

Train timetableManchester to Reading

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 25 June
Avanti West Coast
09:353h18
Manchester
12:53Reading
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
21:155h14
Manchester
02:29Reading
0 changes
Cross Country
08:253h15
Manchester
11:40Reading
0 changes
Cross Country
05:113h34
Manchester
08:45Reading
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
14:353h18
Manchester
17:53Reading
0 changes

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Train times from Manchester to Reading

Showing times and prices for 25 Jun

Fastest Journey

3 h 14 m

Average

3 h 38 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

241 km

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

Cross Country
09:253h14
Manchester
12:39Reading
£871One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:253h15
Manchester
11:40Reading
£831One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:353h18
Manchester
12:53Reading
£921One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
14:353h18
Manchester
17:53Reading
£921One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
05:113h34
Manchester
08:45Reading
£1081One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Reading

distanceDistance149 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price£89 (€100)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 11 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCrossCountry or Virgin Trains

Trains from Manchester to Reading cover the 149 miles long route taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like CrossCountry or Virgin Trains. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £89, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £37. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Reading.

Train providers: CrossCountry and Virgin Trains trains Manchester to Reading

For as little as £37 you can travel by train between Manchester and Reading with CrossCountry and Virgin Trains. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this route.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains from Manchester to Reading. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

CrossCountry from Manchester to Reading train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 13 min
  • Cheapest Price: £37
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

FAQs: Manchester to Reading train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester 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 Manchester to Reading.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Reading can start from as little as £37 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Reading is £89; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Manchester to Reading train travel time is 3 h 13 min   for the 149 mile long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Reading leaves at 04: 55. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Reading leaves at 21: 15.
Yes, there are 11 direct trains a day from Manchester to Reading with CrossCountry. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
When taking a train from Manchester to Reading, you can count on CrossCountry or Virgin Trains for the best way to get you to Reading. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between Manchester and Reading and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 21: 15.

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Reading, you can end your journey in train stations like Reading, Reading West and Reading Green Park.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (767 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Reading, located 0.2 miles (417 m) away from the city centre.

A trip to Reading from Manchester is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 13 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Manchester to Reading is November.
You have options as you can travel to Reading from Manchester 3 different ways: train, coach or flight.

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