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Train Information from Manchester to Reading

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 12 min
priceAverage train ticket price$94 (€79)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country

Trains from Manchester to Reading cover the 149 miles (240 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 12 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $94 (€79), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $66 (€55). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Reading.

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Train from Manchester to Reading with CrossCountry

For as little as $66 (€55) you can travel by train between Manchester and Reading with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.

CrossCountry

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

Find the perfect CrossCountry train from Manchester to 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 Manchester 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 149 miles (240 km) on this trip and your CrossCountry Manchester to Reading train ticket can cost as little as $66 (€55) one-way if you book in advance. When you search for CrossCountry tickets between Manchester 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!

Manchester to Reading train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 33 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets between Manchester and Reading due to the coronavirus:

  • 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

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester 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 Manchester to Reading.
FAQs
How much does a cheap train between Manchester and Reading cost?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Reading from Manchester for the next 7 days starting from $66 (€55)  one way.
How much is a train ticket between Manchester and Reading?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $94 (€79)  for a train ticket between Manchester and Reading.
How far is it from Manchester to Reading by train?
You should expect to travel around 149 miles (240 km)  from Manchester to Reading by train.
How many hours is the train time to Reading from Manchester?
On average the Manchester to Reading train travel time is 3 h 12 min  for the 149 miles (240 km) long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
Which train station from Manchester to Reading do I depart from? Which Reading train station from Manchester do I arrive in?

When taking the train between Manchester and Reading, you can choose to depart from train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Your trip can end in train stations such as Reading, Reading West and Reading.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Reading.

Where is the train station in Manchester? Where is the train station in Reading?

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city center to get to this train station.

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

What train providers offer a service to Reading from Manchester?
For the journey from Manchester to Reading you can take a train with Cross Country. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Manchester and Reading on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
How many trains per day are there to Reading from Manchester?
On average, there are 12 trains a day from Manchester 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 to Reading from Manchester for the best deals?
If you book the Manchester to Reading train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $94 (€79). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Manchester to Reading. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Reading
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your trip to Reading.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transit options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales