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from Manchester to Reading

You can get from Manchester to Reading by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Manchester to Reading on Dec 6 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

02:00PMManchester, Airport4h05 06:05PMReading
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$261One-way
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02:00PMManchester, Airport4h05 06:05PMReading
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$261One-way
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01:30PMManchester4h35 06:05PMReading
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$261One-way
05:20AMManchester, Airport4h15 09:35AMReading
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$261One-way
04:50AMManchester4h45 09:35AMReading
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$261One-way

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Sun
Dec 5
$113Avanti West Coast
$26Megabus
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Mon
Dec 6
$113Avanti West Coast
$26Megabus
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Wed
Dec 8
$66Cross Country
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Fri
Dec 10
$114Avanti West Coast
$24Megabus
$94British Airways
Sat
Dec 11
$66Cross Country
$27Megabus
$93British Airways
Sun
Dec 12
$65Cross Country
$26Megabus
$84British Airways
Wed
Dec 15
$94Avanti West Coast
$24Megabus
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Thu
Dec 16
$65Cross Country
$26Megabus
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Fri
Dec 17
$96Avanti West Coast
$23Megabus
$125British Airways
Sat
Dec 18
$66Cross Country
$26Megabus
$340British Airways
Sun
Dec 19
$65Cross Country
$26Megabus
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Mon
Dec 20
$66Cross Country
$26Megabus
$91British Airways
Tue
Dec 21
$66Cross Country
$26Megabus
$91British Airways
Wed
Dec 22
$66Cross Country
$27Megabus
$138British Airways
Fri
Dec 24
$65Cross Country
$26Megabus
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Travel Information between Manchester and Reading

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$30 - $125
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $30 (€25) • 4 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $125 (€104) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, British Airways or Cross Country

Travel 149 miles (240 km) by bus, flight or train between Manchester and Reading. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $30 (€25). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are National Express, British Airways or Cross Country among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Manchester to Reading.

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FAQs
How do I travel from Manchester to Reading?

There are 3 ways to travel from Manchester to Reading including taking a bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to go from Manchester to Reading?

The cheapest way to travel between Manchester and Reading is by taking a bus with an average price of $30 (€25).

This is compared to other travel options to Reading:

Taking a bus is about $94 (€79) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $125 (€104) for this route.

A bus is $35 (€29) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Manchester to Reading costing on average $65 (€54).

What is the fastest way to get from Manchester to Reading?

The quickest way to travel between Manchester and Reading is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 10 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to Reading by bus can take on average 4 h 25 min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 3 h 12 min   of travel time.

How far is Reading from Manchester?

The distance is approximately 149 miles (240 km) from Manchester to Reading.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Manchester to Reading?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Reading is:

  • Around 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Manchester and Reading as scheduled services by bus, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do I depart from Manchester? Where do I arrive in Reading?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Manchester to Reading:

  • Buses mostly leave from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and tend to arrive in Reading, Station North Interchange (Stop NE).
  • Trains mostly leave from Manchester Piccadilly and tend to arrive in Reading.
Who can get me from Manchester to Reading?

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

  • You can go to Reading from Manchester by bus with National Express. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $30 (€25) with National Express from Manchester to Reading on Omio.
  • You can go to Reading from Manchester by plane with British Airways. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $125 (€104) with British Airways from Manchester to Reading on Omio.
  • You can go to Reading from Manchester by train with Cross Country. You'll see cheap train tickets for $65 (€54) with Cross Country from Manchester to Reading on Omio.
Is there a way to travel directly from Manchester to Reading?

Yes, there are direct services available from Manchester to Reading with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct buses with Megabus.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Reading as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Manchester and Reading.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Manchester to Reading?
Omio customers who travel from Manchester to Reading often also extend their vacation to go to London, Luton or Stansted. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Reading and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I book Manchester to Reading tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $30 (€25) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket costs $125 (€104) one way on average for this route.
  • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $65 (€54) one way.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Reading 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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