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$60Great Western Railway
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Travel Information to Bath from Reading

distanceDistance60 miles (96 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$9 - $26
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $9 (€7) • 1 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $26 (€21) • 54 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Railway

Travel 60 miles (96 km) by bus or train to Bath from Reading. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 54 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $9 (€7). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or Great Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Reading to Bath.

How to travel from Reading to Bath

Travelers planning a trip to the elegant spa town of Bath from Berkshire can opt for train or bus connections from Reading, with services on rail and road networks operating seven days a week. Train journeys from Reading on the main line west to Bath are much quicker than the bus, taking just under 1 hour for frequent direct services available from early morning to late evening.  Bus connections depart four times a day and involve an indirect route from Reading, requiring a change at Heathrow Airport, with total journey times to Bath of around four hours.  

What is the cheapest way to get from Reading to Bath?

With frequent daily direct trains taking around 55 minutes,  the Great Western Railway rail service offers the cheapest way to travel from Reading to Bath, with advance booking often securing very economical fares. Trains leave from the main station on the north side of central Reading, arriving at Bath Spa station south of the city center. National Express buses depart from the interchange next to the rail station in Reading but connections are indirect, via Heathrow Airport bus station, with journeys taking just over four hours in total to complete the trip to Bath, including transit time at the airport. Buses arrive at the terminus adjacent to Bath Spa rail station.   

What is the fastest way to travel  from Reading to Bath?

Great Western Railway's fastest train service offers the quickest way to travel from Reading to Bath, taking just 53 minutes to complete the 60 mile journey to the historic spa town, with other trains taking up to six minutes longer. Trains depart roughly every half hour throughout the day, seven days a week, so passengers never have to wait long for a direct service. National Express bus services from Reading take an indirect route via Heathrow Airport, connecting with express motorway connections to Bath via Chippenham. These journeys take a total of four hours and ten minutes to reach Bath, including the change of buses at Heathrow.  Bus connections from Reading operate four times daily, seven days a week with a choice of morning and afternoon departures.

Find and book the best tickets from Reading to Bath with Omio

Whether passengers opt to travel from Reading to Bath by train or bus, the Omio booking platform offers a quick and easy comparison of costs, departure times and journey durations. Fares on rail and bus services can fluctuate according to availability so booking well in advance will secure the lowest prices. With train journeys, traveling on off peak departures usually offers the best chance of finding a cheap fare.  

Travel from Reading to Bath by train

Train services from Reading to Bath are operated by Great Western Railway, the main rail company in the west of England. The Great Western Railway weekday and Saturday timetables provide direct Intercity Express trains from Reading to Bath Spa station roughly twice an hour, with departures from very early in the morning until late in the evening. There are also some additional late night services from Reading on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday trains to Bath are slightly less frequent, with the first departure leaving Reading later in the morning, and a reduced schedule throughout the day. Journey times to Bath range from 53 to 59 minutes. All trains arrive at Bath Spa station, located about 20 minutes' walk south of the main historic sites, with local buses from stops next to the station making the trip downtown in around ten minutes. 

Travel from Reading to Bath by bus

National Express, the UK's main national bus operator, provides four daily bus connections from Reading to Bath  seven days a week.  Journeys involve taking a Reading RailAir bus service departing from Reading station, connecting at Heathrow Airport Terminals 2 and 3 bus terminus with National Express direct services to Bath. There are four daily departures, with services beginning in early morning and departing every 3 hours until mid afternoon.  Most connections involve around 1 hour spent in transit at Heathrow. All National Express buses arrive at the Bath bus station. located next to Bath Spa station on the south side of the city. Numerous city buses provide connections to the center in around ten minutes.  

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FAQs
How do I travel from Reading to Bath?

There are 2 travel options from Reading to Bath: bus or train.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Reading to Bath is by taking a bus with an average price of $9 (€7).

This is compared to other travel options to Bath:

Taking a bus is usually $17 (€13) less than taking a train to Bath, which costs on average $26 (€21) for the same trip.

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

The fastest way to get to Bath from Reading is by train with an average travel time of 54 min.

Other travel options to Bath can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 1 h 40 min   on average.

How far is Bath from Reading?

The distance is approximately 60 miles (96 km) from Reading to Bath.

When traveling to Bath from Reading, what are the departure and arrival points in Reading and Bath?

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

  • Buses mostly depart from Reading, Station North Interchange (Stop NE) and arrive in Bath, Westgate Buildings.
  • Trains mostly depart from Reading and arrive in Bath Spa.
Which travel companies can get me from Reading to Bath?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Reading to Bath, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can get you to Bath by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with National Express from Reading to Bath for $9 (€7) on Omio.
  • Great Western Railway can take you to Bath by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Great Western Railway from Reading to Bath for $26 (€21).
What is another destination I should add to my tour from Reading to Bath?
Omio customers who travel from Reading to Bath often also extend their vacation to go to London, Bristol or Oxford. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Bath and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I purchase Reading to Bath tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $9 (€7) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket costs $26 (€21) one way on average for this journey.

But we recommend booking Reading to Bath 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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