The town of Slough is located in the county of Berkshire and is part of the London Metropolitan region. Due to its proximity to several major road networks it is home to several major companies such as Nintendo and Mars, Inc. You can get frequent direct trains to Slough from London Paddington Station via Great Western Railway and Crossrail (Southeastern Railway), both of which operate service multiple times per hour throughout the day between the capital and the town. Slough has three rail stations: Slough Railway Station is the main terminal but trains can also terminate at Burnham Railway Station or Langley Railway Station. In addition to London you can also get direct train service to Slough from Oxford and Reading.
Great Western Railway (GWR) operates daily direct train service from London Paddington Station to Slough with the first departure around 00:34 a.m. while the last train leaves around 11:50 p.m. If you choose Great Western Railway to travel to Slough by train there are multiple departures per hour with as many as four during the morning rush hours and as few as three during off-peak and the evening rush hours. If you’re travelling on the weekend or holidays there is also good train service hourly from London with multiple trips per hour from around 00:30 a.m. until about 11:45 p.m. You should be aware that Great Western Railway trains from London Paddington Station can stop at either Slough Railway Station (the main rail terminal) or at Burnham Railway Station or Langley Railway Station. Journey times during the week and weekend can vary from as few as 13min to as much as 32min.
Crossrail operates daily direct train service from London Paddington Station to Slough with the first departure leaving approx. 5:13 a.m. and the last leaving around 11:13 p.m. You have the choice of two trains each hour (13min and 43min past the hour) and these are augmented by additional trains ( 28min and 58min past the hour) during the morning rush hours and some afternoon periods. You can also get trains to Slough on weekends and most holidays with two departures hourly from London. Your train from London Paddington Station may stop at Slough Railway Station which is the main terminus, but Crossrail also includes Burnham Railway Station and Langley Railway Station with their regular service. The shortest journey from London Paddington Station to Slough during the week or weekend lasts about 26min with the longest taking about 38min.
Slough Ditton Manor. Source: Shutterstock
Slough Railway Station is the town’s main terminal and your likely destination when travelling to Slough by train from London and is conveniently situated in the town centre so you won’t need additional transportation downtown. As a central station it hosts all the usual facilities such as WC, ticket office, ticket machines, ATMs, wait rooms, baby changing facilities, coffee shop and is fully accessible to disabled passengers. This station is open 24h a day. Burnham Railway Station is located about 2.8 miles (4.6 km) west of Slough town centre and can be used as a destination for trains from London to Slough.
This station has train and bus links to downtown but few facilities other than a ticket office, ticket machines and WC with access provided for disabled passengers. Ticket office hours are from M-F: 6:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sat: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Su: 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Langley Railway Station is located about 3.4 miles (5.4 km) east from Slough town centre (and can be used as a destination for trains from London to Slough. This station has train and bus links to downtown but few facilities other than a ticket office, ticket machines and WC but provides access for disabled passengers. Ticket office hours are from M-F: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sat: 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and closed on Sun.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi service on Great Western Railway trains so you can use electronic devices for entertainment purposes (with headphones). You are allowed up to three pieces of luggage provided they can fit under the seat, in the overhead racks or luggage compartment and charges may be levied if you exceed the size requirement. Prams and buggies must be able to fit under the seat or overhead racks if you’re travelling with infants or toddlers. Passengers can carry two dogs or cats as long as dogs are leashed and pets are kept in pet carriers but exceptions apply for guide animals.
You can take also your bike onboard if reserved at the time of booking but may not be allowed during peak hour trains. Snacks and hot or cold beverages are available for purchase on trains from London to Slough but you can bring your own meals if preferred. WC are available on all GWR trains. Wi-Fi connections are free of charge aboard all Southeastern Railway trains from London to Slough so you can enjoy some form of entertainment on your electronic device while in transit.
There are no stated luggage restrictions and two medium cases are the standard as long as they can fit into the luggage racks or overhead compartment, but oversized cases may incur penalties so be advised. Folding or regular bicycles are allowed on most trains but may be restricted on crowded rush hours trains so may a few inquiries before you bring a full-sized bike along. It’s ok to travel with two small dogs or other pets as long as canines are leashed and carriers are used for transport with exceptions for guide animals. It is likely that snacks along with hot and cold beverages may be on sale but there are no restrictions to bringing your own meals onboard. WC are available on all Southeastern Railway trains.
Great Western Railway offers you five classes of tickets: Advance, Off-peak, Super Off-peak, Anytime and First Class. Advance tickets are non-refundable while refunds in part or in whole apply to the others and off-peak tickets can only be used for off-peak train travel while Anytime and First Class tickets offer greater flexibility for travel purposes.
E-tickets can be purchased online but you’ll need a hardcopy version to be allowed onboard trains from London to Slough and there are kiosks at London Paddington Station where you can print one provided you have your confirmation receipt and credit/debit card used for the purchase. You should also travel with at least one form of valid ID in case it’s needed for boarding your train.
On Omio buying train tickets to Slough is fast and easy and can be stored in your Omio account. Southeastern Railway offers four classes of tickets from which to choose: Advance, Anytime and Off-peak and Super Off-peak where off-peak tickets are the cheapest options and Anytime tickets are completely flexible and carry no restrictions. Terms and conditions apply regarding cancellations and changes so be sure of the ticket type before making your purchase.
You can purchase e-tickets online but a hardcopy is required in order to board the train and if you don’t already have one there are kiosks at London Paddington Station where one can be obtained as long as you have your confirmation number and the debit/credit card used for purchase. Be sure to travel with at least one form of valid ID just in case it becomes necessary. On Omio buying train tickets to Slough is fast and easy and can be stored in your Omio account
Slough Aerial View. Source: Shutterstock
The town of Slough lies about 4 miles (6.4 km) from Windsor Castle so a visit to this impressive and historic royal residence and the adjoining St. George’s Chapel should both rate high on your list of unique attractions to visit while in town. The Curve is a distinctive example of contemporary architectural design and its worth exploring the 63,000 volume library, the onsite Slough Museum with thousands of artefacts chronicling the history of the town or you can catch a performance or visit an exhibition if there are any scheduled events which coincide with your visit.
If you need to get around Slough or the surrounding region you should know it has a dependable system of public transportation with several bus (First Beeline Bus, Arriva Shires and Essex) and coach lines (Greenline) in addition to its three railway stations serving the Great Western Main Line and the Slough-Eton and Windsor Line as well as its connection to London. Slough is also part of the National Cycling Network and has a bike-sharing service (Smoove) if you’re interested in sightseeing by pedal.
Slough is also a mile or so (1.4 km) by foot from iconic Eton College which has schooled kings, princes, prime ministers and a long list of politicians over several centuries and is a prize worth catching if you can fit a tour into your busy schedule. Baylis Park and Godolphin Recreation Ground hosts educational, recreational and cultural events if you’re looking for an ideal place for a family picnic or a romantic rendezvous.
You can also find a variety of treasure hunts and trails which offer excitement and thrills for kids of all ages. Regardless of your budget you can find great places to eat in Slough whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner. Toby Carvery and The Eton Mess are recommended for traditional British food and drinks while Thai Square and The Real Greek offer a taste of something more exotic to excite your palate and stomach.