How to travel from Manchester to Reading

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Travel Information to Reading from Manchester

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$20 - $126
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $20 (€19) • 3 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $126 (€119) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast

Travel 149 miles (240 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train to Reading from Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $20 (€19). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Megabus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Manchester to Reading.

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You can travel between Manchester and Reading 4 different ways: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to Reading from Manchester is by taking a bus, which costs on average $20 (€19).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Reading:

A bus is generally $106 (€101) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $126 (€119) from Manchester to Reading.

Taking a bus is usually $83 (€78) less than taking a train to Reading, which costs on average $102 (€97) for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Reading from Manchester is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h.

Other travel options to Reading can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 3 h 55 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 3 h 11 min   on average.

You should expect to travel around 149 miles (240 km) between Manchester and Reading.

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Reading is:

  • 3 buses a day.
  • Around 14 trains per day.

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

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

  • Most travelers who buy a bus ticket from Manchester to Reading depart from Manchester, Coach Station to Reading, Christchurch Green / Redlands Road (University of Reading).
  • Most travelers catch their train from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Reading.

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

  • You can take a bus from Manchester to Reading with Megabus. Cheap tickets can be found for $20 (€19) with Megabus from Manchester to Reading.
  • You can take a flight from Manchester to Reading with British Airways. Cheap tickets can be found for $126 (€119) with British Airways from Manchester to Reading.
  • You can take a train from Manchester to Reading with Avanti West Coast. Cheap tickets can be found for $102 (€97) with Avanti West Coast from Manchester to Reading.

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

  • You can find 2 direct buses per day to Reading with Megabus.
  • You can find 13 direct trains per day to take to Reading with Cross Country.

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

Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to Reading often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like London, Luton or Stansted. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and Reading itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Reading and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • A bus ticket costs $20 (€19) one way on average for this journey.
  • A plane ticket costs $126 (€119) one way on average for this journey.
  • A train ticket for this route is costing $102 (€97) one way on average.

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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