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Train Information to Reading from Birmingham

distanceDistance81 miles (130 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 37 min
priceAverage train ticket price$53 (€44)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country

Trains from Birmingham to Reading cover the 81 miles (130 km) long route taking on average 1 h 37 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $44 (€37), but the average price of train tickets is $53 (€44). Travelers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Reading.

Train companies

CrossCountry Birmingham – Reading

Travel between Birmingham and Reading from $44 (€37) with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.


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

Find the perfect CrossCountry train between Birmingham and Reading for a smooth and relaxing journey. Omio makes it convenient for you to check the latest CrossCountry train schedules and compare the cheapest, fastest or earliest train between Birmingham and Reading. You can also check relevant travel information for the CrossCountry train, such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard, depending on the class fare you choose. Once you find the ideal route, book your cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. You can expect to travel around 81 miles (130 km) on this route and your CrossCountry Birmingham to Reading train ticket can cost as little as $44 (€37) one-way if you book in advance. When you search for CrossCountry tickets between Birmingham and Reading in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets online quickly and easily on Omio and enjoy the travel experience!

    These are CrossCountry's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train between Birmingham and Reading:

    • Refund or voucher policy
    • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

    Trains from Birmingham to Reading: Journey Details

    While most trains will depart Birmingham New Street Station to reach Reading, passengers can occasionally leave from Birmingham Moor Street. The earliest train departs at 5:15 a.m. and the last train leaves at 11:10 p.m. Travelers should be aware that there are two peak times for this connection. The first is in the morning from the first train until 9:00 a.m., and then the last peak time is the last train. The average train ride between Birmingham and Reading will take around an hour and forty minutes.

    Passengers onboard the last trains of the day should be aware the connection can take up to 5 hours to complete. Moreover, the weekend schedule starts an hour later and ends an hour earlier. However, during the weekend travellers do not need to worry about peak times. Early morning and late night connections will require one or two train changes; however, most trains are direct for most of the day. While morning trains during the weekend make no changes, the later ones can need up to 4 train changes. Passengers will do so at either London Paddington, Twyford, Oxford, or Banbury. Trains from Birmingham to Reading are operated by CrossCountry.

    Travel Tips

    Trains from Birmingham 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 Birmingham to Reading.
    How much does a cheap train to Reading from Birmingham cost?
    Train tickets between Birmingham and Reading for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $44 (€37)  one way in the next 7 days.
    What is the cost of a train from Birmingham to Reading?
    The train price from Birmingham to Reading is on average $53 (€44)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next 7 days.
    How far is Reading from Birmingham by train?
    You should expect to travel around 81 miles (130 km)  to Reading from Birmingham by train.
    How long is the train ride to Reading from Birmingham?
    The train time between Birmingham and Reading is on average 1 h 37 min  for the 81 miles (130 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Birmingham to Reading by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
    When traveling by train from Birmingham to Reading, which train station in Birmingham do I depart from and which train station in Reading do I arrive in?

    When taking a train from Birmingham, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street. When you arrive in Reading, your train can arrive in train stations including Reading and Reading West.

    Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Birmingham New Street   to Reading.

    Where do I find the Birmingham train station to Reading? Where is the Reading train station?

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Birmingham New Street and travel around 0.2 miles (399 m) from the city center to this train station.

    Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Reading and need to travel approximately 0.2 miles (268 m) from the train station to the city center in Reading.

    Which train companies should I travel with from Birmingham to Reading?
    For the best Birmingham to Reading train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Birmingham and Reading to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Are there any direct trains from Birmingham to Reading?
    Yes, there are 12 direct trains per day from Birmingham to Reading. You can look to travel with Cross Country  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.
    How many train services per day are there from Birmingham to Reading?
    On average, there are 12 trains a day from Birmingham to Reading. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    How far in advance should I book train tickets between Birmingham and Reading for the best deals?
    The price of a one way train ticket from Birmingham to Reading is on average $53 (€44) if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets between Birmingham and Reading available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Birmingham New Street is the most popular Birmingham railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Birmingham for your trip to Reading.
    Amenities at station
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sat: 05: 15 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 30 - 23: 00
    Public transit options for Birmingham New Street
    Bus lines: N5, N6, N8, 4, 9, 23, 45, 50, 61, X51, X70
    Train lines: West Midlands, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales