You can get from Manchester to Reading by train, bus or flight.
To get from Manchester to Reading on 1 Dec we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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Buses and direct trains make the 180 mile trip from Manchester to Reading, with flights to nearby Heathrow Airport an additional option. Manchester is an important post-industrial city and media centre, with some stunning architecture, witnessed in buildings like the ornate John Rylands Library. Reading is a bustling commuter town on the Thames, with some notable attractions such as the Georgian manor and landscaped grounds at Basildon Park.
Train: CrossCountry Trains offer direct connections from Manchester Piccadilly to Reading Station, with the schedule starting early in the morning. There are trains every hour throughout the day, until the final departure in mid-evening. Journey times are around 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Bus: National Express offers seven bus connections between Manchester Coach Station and Reading, including an early morning departure and an overnight option. These services require a change at London Victoria Coach Station or Birmingham Coach Station, and the fastest journey time is 7 hours and 20 minutes.
Flight: British Airways offers up to eight direct flights daily from Manchester Airport to London Heathrow Airport, with departures from early morning to mid-evening. The flight time is just over an hour. The airport is around 25 miles from Reading, connected by regular local shuttle buses.
There are 3 ways to get from Manchester to Reading: coach, flight or train.
The cheapest way from Manchester to Reading is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £23 compared to other travel options to Reading:
A coach is £70 less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Manchester to Reading costing on average £93.
A coach is £26 less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Manchester to Reading costing on average £49.
The fastest way from Manchester to Reading is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 10 min.
Other travel options from Manchester to Reading can usually take longer:
In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 4 h 25 min of travel time.
In comparison, going by train can take 3 h 12 min on average.
The Manchester to Reading distance is approximately 149 miles (240 km).
The average frequency per day from Manchester to Reading is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Manchester and Reading as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Reading:
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Yes, there are direct routes from Manchester to Reading with the following travel companies:
As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Reading tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this trip.
When planning your trip to Reading from Manchester, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:
However, we recommend buying tickets between Manchester and Reading online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.