How to get from Reading to Birmingham

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Travel Information from Reading to Birmingham

distanceDistance81 miles (130 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£12 - £58
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £12 • 2 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £58 • 1 h 32 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or West Midlands Railway

Travel 81 miles (130 km) by coach or train from Reading to Birmingham. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 32 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £12. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus or West Midlands Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Reading to Birmingham.

Travel Tips: Travel from Reading to Birmingham

Travel to Birmingham 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 Reading to Birmingham.

There are 2 ways that you can travel between Reading and Birmingham. You can take a coach or train.

The cheapest way from Reading to Birmingham is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £12 compared to other travel options to Birmingham:

A coach is generally £46 less than a train for the same journey. A train costs on average £58 from Reading to Birmingham.

The fastest way from Reading to Birmingham is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 32 min.

Other travel options between Reading and Birmingham can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 2 h   of travel time.

The distance between Reading and Birmingham is around 81 miles (130 km).

The average frequency per day from Reading to Birmingham is:

  • 16 trains a day.

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

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

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

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Reading to Birmingham:

  • You can travel by coach between Reading and Birmingham with Megabus, and you can find Megabus Reading to Birmingham tickets for £12 on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Reading to Birmingham with West Midlands Railway. Cheap tickets can be found for £58 with West Midlands Railway from Reading to Birmingham.

Yes, there are direct routes from Reading to Birmingham with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct coach services to Birmingham with Megabus with around direct coaches every day.
  • You'll find direct train services to Birmingham with Cross Country with around 16 direct trains every day.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Birmingham tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this journey.

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

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £12 one way for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket is £58 one way on average for this journey.

But we recommend booking Reading to Birmingham 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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