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Train Information to Reading from Manchester

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 12 min
priceAverage train ticket price£63 (€72)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country

Trains from Manchester to Reading cover the 149 miles (240 km) long route taking on average 3 h 12 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £63, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £48. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Reading.

Train companies

CrossCountry between Manchester and Reading

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and Reading from £48 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular trip.


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

It’s easy to book your CrossCountry train ticket between Manchester and Reading online with Omio! Simply check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route between Manchester and Reading 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 Manchester to Reading start at £48 one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 149 miles (240 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 from Manchester to Reading. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Manchester to Reading CrossCountry train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets between Manchester and 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 Manchester 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 Manchester to Reading.
What is the cost of cheap trains to Reading from Manchester?
Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Reading from Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £48  one way.
How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Reading?
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Manchester to Reading train price to come in at an average of £63  one way.
How many miles is it from Manchester to Reading by train?
The Manchester to Reading train distance is approximately 149 miles (240 km).
How long does it take from Manchester to Reading by train?
While the time it takes to travel 149 miles (240 km) from Manchester to Reading can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Manchester to Reading is on average 3 h 12 min.
When travelling by train from Manchester to Reading, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Reading do I arrive in?

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

Omio customers book a train from Manchester Piccadilly   to Reading   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Manchester to go to Reading? Where is the train station in Reading located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Manchester.

The most popular arrival train station, Reading, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre of Reading.

What train providers offer a service from Manchester to Reading?
For the best Manchester to Reading train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Manchester to Reading to compare what amenities they may offer.
How many trains are there to Reading from Manchester a day?
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Reading is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When does the first train depart from Manchester to Reading? When does the last train depart from Manchester to Reading?
You can take the first train from Manchester to Reading at 07: 27   or take the last train from Manchester to Reading leaving at 08: 35. Look for the latest Manchester Reading train schedule on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.
How far in advance should I book a train ticket between Manchester and Reading to get the best deals?
If you purchase Manchester to Reading train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £63. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Manchester and Reading. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your journey to Reading.
Amenities at station
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales