How to get from Birmingham to Reading

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from Birmingham to Reading

You can get from Birmingham to Reading by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Birmingham to Reading on 18 Aug we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:20Birmingham2h15 09:35Reading
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15:50Birmingham2h15 18:05Reading
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02:15Birmingham, Airport2h15 04:30Reading
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Travel Information from Birmingham to Reading

distanceDistance81 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£14 - £54
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £14 • 2 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £54 • 1 h 34 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Cross Country

Travel 81 miles by coach, flight, ferry or train to Reading from Birmingham. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 34 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £14. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Megabus or Cross Country among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Birmingham to Reading.

Travel Tips: Travel from Birmingham to Reading

Travel 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 Birmingham to Reading.

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Birmingham and Reading. You can take a coach, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way from Birmingham to Reading is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £14 compared to other travel options to Reading:

A coach is £40 less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Birmingham to Reading costing on average £54.

The fastest way from Birmingham to Reading is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 34 min.

Other travel options from Birmingham to Reading can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Reading by coach can take on average 2 h 15 min.

You should expect to travel around 81 miles from Birmingham to Reading.

The average frequency per day from Birmingham to Reading is:

  • 1 coach per day.
  • 29 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Birmingham and Reading as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Birmingham to Reading:

  • Most travellers take a coach from Birmingham, Coach Station to Reading, Christchurch Green / Redlands Road (University of Reading).
  • Most travellers who book a train ticket from Birmingham to Reading depart from Birmingham New Street to Reading.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Birmingham to Reading, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Megabus can get you to Reading by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with Megabus from Birmingham to Reading for £14 on Omio.
  • Travel with Cross Country to go to Reading by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Cross Country Birmingham to Reading tickets on Omio for £54.

Yes, there are direct services available from Birmingham to Reading with the following travel operators:

  • You can take a direct coach with Megabus with direct coaches per day.
  • You can find around 16 direct trains per day and book this direct train with Cross Country.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Reading as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Birmingham to Reading.

Looking to extend your trip from Birmingham to Reading? Many Omio customers who go from Birmingham to Reading usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Luton or Stansted. If you're looking to explore London, Luton or Stansted from Reading, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

Before travelling from Birmingham to Reading, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this journey is £14 one way on average.
  • The price of a train ticket is £54 one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Birmingham to Reading tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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