How to travel from Reading to Birmingham

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from Reading to Birmingham

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

Our recommendation
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To get from Reading to Birmingham on Aug 17 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

12:45PMReading2h10 02:55PMBirmingham
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01:05AMReading2h10 03:15AMBirmingham, Airport
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08:40PMReading2h10 10:50PMBirmingham
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01:05AMReading2h35 03:40AMBirmingham
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06:15AMReading1h34 07:49AMBirmingham New Street
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Travel Information between Reading and Birmingham

distanceDistance81 miles (130 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$17 - $41
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $17 (€16) • 2 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $41 (€38) • 1 h 33 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Cross Country

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 81 miles (130 km) between Reading and Birmingham. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 33 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $17 (€16). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Megabus or Cross Country among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Reading to Birmingham.

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There are 4 ways that you can travel between Reading and Birmingham. You can take a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Reading and Birmingham is by taking a bus with an average price of $17 (€16).

This is compared to other travel options to Birmingham:

A bus is $23 (€22) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Reading to Birmingham costing on average $41 (€38).

The fastest way from Reading to Birmingham is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 33 min.

There are alternative travel options to Birmingham that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Birmingham by bus can take on average 2 h 10 min.

Birmingham is approximately 81 miles (130 km) away from Reading.

The average frequency per day from Reading to Birmingham is:

  • 1 bus per day.
  • 16 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Reading and Birmingham 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 from Reading to Birmingham:

  • Buses from Reading to Birmingham most often leave from Reading, Christchurch Green / Redlands Road (University of Reading) and arrive in Birmingham, Coach Station.
  • Trains most often depart from Reading at Reading and arrive in Birmingham at Birmingham New Street.

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

  • Travel with Megabus for buses to Birmingham. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Reading to Birmingham tickets on Omio for $17 (€16).
  • Travel with Cross Country to go to Birmingham by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Cross Country Reading to Birmingham tickets on Omio for $41 (€38).

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

  • You can find 1 direct bus per day to Birmingham with Megabus.

Direct services to Birmingham 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 route.

Looking to extend your trip from Reading to Birmingham? Many Omio customers who go from Reading to Birmingham usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Manchester or Glasgow. If you're looking to explore London, Manchester or Glasgow from Birmingham, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When planning your trip from Reading to Birmingham, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost $17 (€16) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $41 (€38) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Reading to Birmingham online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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