Reading to Birmingham train

Cheap train tickets from Reading to Birmingham

Showing times and prices for Aug 17

Cheapest

63

Average

77

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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06:15AMReading1h34 07:49AMBirmingham New Street
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631One-way
07:14AMReading1h35 08:49AMBirmingham New Street
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791One-way
08:15AMReading1h34 09:49AMBirmingham New Street
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791One-way
04:34AMReading3h12 07:46AMBirmingham New Street
2 transfers
841One-way

Train schedule from Reading to Birmingham

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17
04:34AMReading3h12 07:46AMBirmingham New Street
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06:15AMReading1h34 07:49AMBirmingham New Street
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07:14AMReading1h35 08:49AMBirmingham New Street
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08:15AMReading1h34 09:49AMBirmingham New Street
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Fastest train times from Reading to Birmingham

Showing times and prices for Aug 17

Fastest Journey

1 h 34 m

Average

1 h 58 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

131 km

Of the 4 trains that leave Reading for Birmingham every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
08:15AMReading1h34 09:49AMBirmingham New Street
0 transfers
791One-way
Fastest
06:15AMReading1h34 07:49AMBirmingham New Street
0 transfers
631One-way
07:14AMReading1h35 08:49AMBirmingham New Street
0 transfers
791One-way
04:34AMReading3h12 07:46AMBirmingham New Street
2 transfers
841One-way

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Overview: Train from Reading to Birmingham

distanceDistance81 miles (130 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 34 min
priceAverage train ticket price$75 (€70)
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain companiesCross Country or Chiltern Railways

Trains from Reading to Birmingham cover the 81 miles (130 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 34 min with our travel partners like Cross Country or Chiltern Railways. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $68 (€63), but the average price of train tickets is $75 (€70). Travelers depart most frequently from Reading and arrive in Birmingham New Street.

Train companies: Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry from Reading to Birmingham trains

Travel from Reading to Birmingham from $68 (€63) with Omio’s train partners Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable journey for you.

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Chiltern Railways is a regional train company in the United Kingdom which is owned by Arriva Trains and has operated since 1996. Check the different ticket types for your next train from Reading to Birmingham: Duo, Anytime, Season, Super Off Peak, Off Peak and Advance.

If you're looking for cheap Chiltern Railways tickets from Reading to Birmingham, check out Omio! With one-way Reading to Birmingham train ticket prices starting as low as $74 (€69) when you book in advance, we'll help you get to Birmingham from Reading by showing you the latest Chiltern Railways offers, train schedules and tickets for this 81 miles (130 km) route. You can also review relevant ticket information for each class fare available on this trip, such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard with Chiltern Railways. If you search for Chiltern Railways tickets between Reading and Birmingham in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can go paperless when taking the train. Whether you're looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train between Reading and Birmingham on offer, Omio makes it easier than ever for you to find that perfect train with Chiltern Railways so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey.

  • Average Price: $74

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

Omio helps you compare and book the perfect train with CrossCountry to Birmingham from Reading for a smooth and relaxing journey. Check the latest CrossCountry train schedules for the ideal departure and arrival times, take a look at the travel information for the Reading to Birmingham train with CrossCountry (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard), compare the best connections for your Reading - Birmingham trip and then book a cheap train ticket with ease. The distance from Reading to Birmingham by train is 81 miles (130 km). You can book tickets for this CrossCountry train for as low as $68 (€63) one-way if you book in advance. When you search for CrossCountry tickets between Reading and Birmingham in the Omio app, you can also check whether they are mobile tickets quickly and easily. If they are mobile tickets, then you can go paperless when taking a train. Book that perfect CrossCountry Reading - Birmingham train ticket online and enjoy your trip!

Train information from Reading to Birmingham with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 13 min
  • Average Price: $68
  • CrossCountry frequency: 16 a day

Trains from Reading to Birmingham: Journey Details

Trains from Reading to Birmingham begins at 6:00 a.m., with roughly 2 trains an hour running until 10:30 p.m. Most journeys on this route are direct and take approximately 1.5 hours; however, toward the evening passengers may be required to change 1 to 2 times at stations such as London, Banbury and/or Oxford resulting in a longer journey. The peak fare period occurs before 9:30 a.m. Night trains are available on this route; however, travelers should be aware that night journeys can take up to 7 hours, multiple transfers, and may require lengthy layovers during changes. On the weekend, the schedule remains roughly the same, with 2 trains an hour departing Reading between 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. Trains on this route are provided by CrossCountry.

Return trains from Birmingham to Reading are also available.

Departing Reading by train

Reading is a town in Berkshire County with a history dating back to its Saxon foundation in approximately 800 AD. The Museum of Reading chronicles the fascinating evolution of the settlement, accounting for both Viking and Norman invasions as well as hosting an exhibition detailing the archeological finds of the excavation of Calleva Attrebatum. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Forbury Gardens which lead to the ruins of Reading Abbey, a burial site for former kings of England.

Arriving in Birmingham by train

The second largest city in the United Kingdom, Birmingham is home to an array of striking buildings such as St. Philip's Cathedral and the Birmingham Town Hall. The city is well known as an amazing retail centre largely thanks to its massive Bullring shopping centre but visitors may also score some great vintage finds in one of the many boutiques spread throughout the city centre. Those interested in a wild night on the town will not be disappointed by the city's diverse nightlife options, which range from live music to trendy nightclubs.

Travel Tips: Trains from Reading to Birmingham

Travel by train 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.
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Omio customers have found cheap train tickets between Reading and Birmingham for as low as $68 (€63)  for the next 7 days.
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $75 (€70)  for a train ticket from Reading to Birmingham.
The train distance from Reading to Birmingham is around 81 miles (130 km).
While the time it takes to travel 81 miles (130 km) from Reading to Birmingham can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Reading to Birmingham train journey time is on average 1 h 34 min.

There are a few train stations in Reading to start your journey from including Reading, Reading West and Reading. In Birmingham you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham International.

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Reading   and arrive in Birmingham New Street.

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Reading, located approximately 0.2 miles (420 m) from the city center of Reading. The most popular arrival train station in Birmingham, called Birmingham New Street, is located around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away from its city center.

When taking a train from Reading to Birmingham, you can count on Cross Country or Chiltern Railways for the best way to get you to Birmingham. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Reading to Birmingham and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
You can take the first train from Reading to Birmingham at 5: 15 AM. The last train from Reading to Birmingham that you can take departs at 9: 18 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Reading to Birmingham schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
You can find trains to Birmingham from Reading to cost on average $75 (€70) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Reading to Birmingham train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Reading is the most popular Reading 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 Reading for your trip to Birmingham.
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Location for Rail Replacement Services: At the North side of the station
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Public transit options for Reading West
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Towards Reading: Bus Stop on Oxford Road under Railway Bridge. Heading away from Reading Bus Stop on Oxford Road, outside McDonalds.

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