How to travel from Reading to London

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from Reading to London

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

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To get from Reading to London on Aug 13 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:05PMReading1h40 07:45PMLondon
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03:05PMReading1h55 05:00PMLondon
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08:41AMReading0h27 09:08AMLondon Paddington
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03:05PMReading0h55 04:00PMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
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08:24AMReading0h52 09:16AMLondon Paddington
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Travel Information from Reading to London

distanceDistance36 miles (58 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$17 - $30
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $17 (€16) • 1 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $30 (€28) • 23 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or TfL Rail

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 36 miles (58 km) to London from Reading. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 23 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 TfL Rail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Reading to London.

Travel from Reading to London: Journey Details

Getting into London from Reading is fast and easy, with a wide choice of buses and trains available every day of the week. Catching the train is easily the fastest route into the English capital, taking less than half an hour at any time of day and taking travelers in the UK to the heart of London. However, if you need to travel in the middle of the night, a bus connection via Heathrow may be more suitable. Buses are also a great option for anyone who needs to catch an international flight.

Return trips from London to Reading are also available.

Buses from Reading to London

Buses from Reading to London are both convenient and affordable. National Express runs a daily bus service (called RailAir) which runs from the center of Reading to London Victoria Coach Station via the arrivals terminals at Heathrow. This service runs through the night, with breakfast departures that would suit day trippers and commuters alike. Expect the bus journey to take around 2 hours 15 minutes, although this may be longer during rush hour.

Trains from Reading to London

Trains from Reading to London are the easiest and fastest way to travel between the two cities. First Great Western can run as many as 10 direct trains every hour from Reading to London Paddington, which takes just 27 minutes to make the trip without any changes along the way. Whatever time of day you need to travel, there should be train departures available. They all run into Paddington, which is well connected to the rest of London via the Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Bakerloo lines, as well as local bus services.

Travel Tips: Travel from Reading to London

Travel to London 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 London.

There are 4 ways to travel from Reading to London including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to London from Reading is by taking a bus, which costs on average $17 (€16).

This is compared to other ways of getting to London:

A bus is generally $13 (€12) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $30 (€28) from Reading to London.

The fastest way to get to London from Reading is by train with an average travel time of 23 min.

Other travel options to London can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 1 h   of travel time.

You should expect to travel around 36 miles (58 km) between Reading and London.

The average frequency per day from Reading to London is:

  • Around 179 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Reading to London 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 Reading to London:

  • Most travelers take a train from Reading to London Victoria.

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

  • Travel with Megabus for buses to London. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Reading to London tickets on Omio for $17 (€16).
  • TfL Rail can get you to London by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with TfL Rail from Reading to London for $30 (€28) on Omio.

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

  • You can check for a direct train to London with South Western Railway, TfL Rail or Great Western Railway with 179 direct trains per day.

Direct services to London 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 London? Many Omio customers who go from Reading to London usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you're looking to explore Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels from London, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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

  • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $17 (€16) one way on average.
  • A train ticket costs $30 (€28) one way on average for this journey.

But we recommend booking Reading to London 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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