Manchester to Reading train

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Reading

Showing times and prices for 18 May

Cheapest

£85

Average

£90

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.

Avanti West Coast
09:35Manchester3h16 12:51Reading
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£851One-way
Avanti West Coast
11:31Manchester3h40 15:11Reading
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£871One-way
Avanti West Coast
08:55Manchester3h16 12:11Reading
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£881One-way
Avanti West Coast
08:35Manchester3h16 11:51Reading
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£881One-way
Avanti West Coast
09:55Manchester3h16 13:11Reading
0 changes
£891One-way

Train schedule Manchester to Reading

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 May
Cross Country
07:27Manchester3h14 10:41Reading
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Cross Country
08:27Manchester3h15 11:42Reading
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Avanti West Coast
08:35Manchester3h16 11:51Reading
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Avanti West Coast
08:55Manchester3h16 12:11Reading
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Avanti West Coast
09:35Manchester3h16 12:51Reading
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Avanti West Coast
09:55Manchester3h16 13:11Reading
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Avanti West Coast
11:31Manchester3h40 15:11Reading
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Fastest train times from Manchester to Reading

Showing times and prices for 18 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 14 m

Average

3 h 19 m

Trains per day

7

Distance

241 km

Of the 7 trains that leave Manchester for Reading every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Cross Country
07:27Manchester3h14 10:41Reading
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£981One-way
Cross Country
08:27Manchester3h15 11:42Reading
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£981One-way
Avanti West Coast
09:35Manchester3h16 12:51Reading
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£851One-way
Avanti West Coast
09:55Manchester3h16 13:11Reading
0 changes
£891One-way
Avanti West Coast
08:35Manchester3h16 11:51Reading
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£881One-way

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Reading

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 12 min
priceAverage train ticket price£64 (€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 trip 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 journey costs around £64, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £41. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Reading.

Train providers: CrossCountry trains Manchester to Reading

Find the best trains from Manchester to Reading with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry from £41. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

CrossCountry

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

If you’re looking for a smooth and easy train to Reading from Manchester, check Omio for CrossCountry trains offering this journey. Whether you are looking for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train to take for this 149 miles (240 km) route between Manchester and Reading, Omio makes it easier than ever to find CrossCountry trains at affordable prices, and you can also quickly book train tickets online. 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 ticket information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard), and book your CrossCountry train on Omio. If you search for trains between Manchester and Reading in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, making it convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. With prices for CrossCountry trains to Reading from Manchester starting at £41, buy your official CrossCountry tickets with Omio online quickly and easily!

Train information from Manchester to Reading with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 33 min
  • Average Price: £41
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

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.
FAQs
You can find a cheap train from Manchester to Reading for some dates and times for as low as £41  one way in the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Manchester to Reading train price to come in at an average of £64  one way.
When travelling this route you should expect the distance to Reading from Manchester via train to be approximately 149 miles (240 km).
On average the Manchester to Reading train time is 3 h 12 min  covering the 149 miles (240 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your journey 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.

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

Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Reading and need to travel approximately 0.2 miles (420 m) from the train station to the city centre in Reading.

If you're looking for trains from Manchester 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 Manchester to Reading journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day to Reading from Manchester. If you’re looking for a direct train from Manchester to Reading, consider travelling with Cross Country. Non-stop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Reading is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The earliest train for this trip departs from Manchester at 04: 55. The last train leaves from Manchester at 20: 15. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Manchester to Reading and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
You can find a train from Manchester to Reading to cost on average £64 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 Manchester to Reading train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Reading
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.
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transport options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales

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