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Train Information from Reading to Leeds

distanceDistance163 miles (263 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 28 min
priceAverage train ticket price$84 (€68)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersLondon North Eastern Railway or Cross Country

Trains from Reading to Leeds cover the 163 miles (263 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 28 min with our travel partners like London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $84 (€68), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $74 (€60). Travelers depart most frequently from Reading and arrive in Leeds Railway Station.

Train companies

Crosscountry Railways trains from Reading to Leeds

Travel from Reading to Leeds from $74 (€60) with Omio’s train partners Crosscountry Railways! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.

Crosscountry Railways

Looking for trains from Reading to Leeds? Crosscountry Railways is one of the best companies to travel with on the 163 miles (263 km) trip between Reading and Leeds. As an official travel partner of Crosscountry Railways, Omio quickly shows you the latest Crosscountry Railways train schedules and timetables, tickets and offers (such as baggage allowance and amenities provided onboard), travel information, and prices so that you can check for ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Reading to Leeds routes, find the best amenities to make your trip smooth and easy, and buy the most affordable Crosscountry Railways train tickets that fit your budget. If you use the Omio app to search for trains between Reading and Leeds, you can quickly see if the Crosscountry Railways ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you’re ready, book your Reading - Leeds train now on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy your upcoming trip with Crosscountry Railways!

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Trains from Reading to Leeds

It's easy to go from Reading to Leeds by train. Those heading to Leeds for business or pleasure can choose from around 29 trains servicing the Reading-Leeds route every day. The average journey is around 4 hours 40 minutes. Trains leave the Reading Station for Leeds every hour, so travellers don't need to worry about long waiting times.

Reading to Leeds train times: Daily departures

On regular days, passengers can expect between 25 and 29 trains from Reading to Leeds. Services may be limited on weekends and holidays. The first train from Reading to Leeds departs around 6:00 a.m., and the last after 9:00 p.m. Train operators don't offer sleeper services on this route.

How long is the journey by train from Reading to Leeds?

The distance by train from Reading to Leeds is approximately 163 miles. The fastest train gets passengers to Leeds in 3 hours 35 minutes, although the average journey is a little above 4 hours. There are no direct trips available. Passengers typically change trains at the London, Birmingham, or York stations, depending on the operator. Journey times may be longer on weekends and public holidays.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Reading to Leeds?

Departure train station: Trains from Reading and Leeds depart from Reading station, which is on the northern edge of the town centre. Passengers can access it by bus, with stops nearby on Blagrave Street and Garrard Street. Passenger facilities include waiting rooms, ATMs, payphones, post boxes, baby-changing rooms, toilets, shops, bicycle stands, and car parking.

Arrival train station: The arrival station is Leeds railway station. It's on the southern side of central Leeds and connected to the airport and city by bus and taxi services. Nearby attractions include the famous Queen's Hotel, Leeds Gallery, and Trinity Leeds Mall. Station facilities for passengers include an information desk, public WiFi, toilets, ATMs, bicycle stands, car parking, shops, and a first-class lounge.

Which train companies travel from Reading to Leeds?

CrossCountry offers indirect trips for passengers travelling from Reading to Leeds, with one change at Birmingham. London Northeastern Railway (LNER) also operates indirect trains from Reading to Leeds. The quickest trains on this route are run by LNER, although CrossCountry offers cheaper tickets and has more trains.

CrossCountry Reading to Leeds

CrossCountry provides both long- and short-distance train services all over the UK. Its Reading-Leeds train service operates hourly throughout the day. Passengers can choose from over 15 CrossCountry trains from Reading to Leeds daily. There are no direct trains - passengers have to change at Birmingham en route to Leeds.

London Northeastern Railway Reading to Leeds

LNER runs up to 10 trains on the Reading-Leeds route every day. It has the quickest connections on the route, with its fastest trains completing the journey in 3 hours 35 minutes. LNER has a smaller fleet than CrossCountry and runs fewer trains from Reading to Leeds. Only connecting trips are available, with passengers changing trains in London or York.

Reading to Leeds trains: Services on board

LNER offers Advance, Off-Peak, and Anytime tickets, each having first- and standard-class options. All LNER trains operating on the Reading-Leeds route have wheelchair spaces for travellers with disabilities. Passengers can bring a maximum of one suitcase, a carry-on bag, and a small handbag. Cats, dogs, and other small animals are permitted on board so long as they don't take up a seat. Travellers can bring up to two pets but may have to pay an extra fee for each additional pet. LNER doesn't charge riders for bringing their bike, but passengers may need to make a reservation ahead of time.

There are both first- and standard-class sections on CrossCountry trains going from Reading to Leeds. Travellers can bring only one suitcase, along with smaller items such as shopping bags and laptop bags. Passengers with folding bikes can store them in the luggage racks. Those with bigger bikes must book space in advance.

How to find cheap train tickets from Reading to Leeds

Travelling in off-peak hours can help passengers save money on their train journey from Reading to Leeds. Longer journeys and connecting trips also reduce ticket costs. Tickets bought on the departure day can be expensive, whereas purchasing tickets in advance can cut prices by as much as 30%. With Omio, travellers have all the tools they need to find the best tickets for trains from Reading to Leeds.

Travel Tips

Trains from Reading to Leeds
Travel by train to Leeds 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 Leeds.
What is the price of the cheapest train from Reading to Leeds?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Reading to Leeds for the next 7 days starting from $74 (€60)  one way.
What is the cost of a train to Leeds from Reading?
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Reading to Leeds train to cost on average $84 (€68)  one way.
How far is it from Reading to Leeds by train?
The train distance from Reading to Leeds is around 163 miles (263 km).
How long is a train between Reading and Leeds on average?
While the time it takes to travel 163 miles (263 km) between Reading and Leeds can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Reading to Leeds train journey time is on average 3 h 28 min.
What station does the train from Reading to Leeds depart from? Which Leeds train station do I come into from Reading?

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Reading   and arriving in Leeds Railway Station.

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

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Reading and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Leeds most often arrive at Leeds Railway Station and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from this train station to the city center.

Which train companies can get me from Reading to Leeds?
Take the Reading to Leeds train with London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip between Reading and Leeds as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services are there to Leeds from Reading a day?
The average number of trains departing Reading for Leeds is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Reading to Leeds? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the first train from Reading to Leeds at 7: 20 AM. The last train from Reading to Leeds that you can take departs at 9: 15 AM. Omio shows you the latest train from Reading to Leeds schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How early should I purchase Reading to Leeds train tickets to get the best deals?
If you purchase the Reading to Leeds train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $84 (€68). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Reading to Leeds. 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

The major railway station for departures from Reading is Reading. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Reading for your journey between Reading and Leeds.