How to travel from Reading to London

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Travel Information to London from Reading

distanceDistance36 miles (58 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$5 - $12
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $5 (€4) • 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $12 (€10) • 23 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Great Western Rail

Travel 36 miles (58 km) by train or bus from Reading to London. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Megabus or Great Western Rail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Reading to London.

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from Reading to London

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

Our recommendation
bus

The best way to travel from Reading to London is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Megabus
11:45AM0h45
Reading
12:30PMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
$311One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
Megabus
11:45AM0h45
Reading
12:30PMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
$311One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Great Western Railway
08:13AM0h25
Reading station (RDG)
08:38AMLondon Paddington (PAD)
$491One-way
0 transfers
Other options
South Western Railway
08:09AM1h27
Reading station (RDG)
09:36AMLondon Waterloo (WAT)
$361One-way
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
08:10AM0h25
Reading station (RDG)
08:35AMLondon Paddington (PAD)
$491One-way
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
08:18AM0h26
Reading station (RDG)
08:44AMLondon Paddington (PAD)
$491One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
11:45AM1h45
Reading
01:30PMLondon, Victoria Coach Station
$311One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
03:55PM0h45
Reading
04:40PMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
$311One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
03:55PM1h35
Reading
05:30PMLondon, Victoria Coach Station
$311One-way
0 transfers

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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.

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All travel companies: Train and Bus from Reading to London

Find the best trip from Reading to London with Omio's travel partners FlixBus, National Express and South Western Railway! You'll find the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable route for you.

South Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, providing services in the south and south-west of England. It operates a variety of train types, including high-speed trains, local stopping services, and suburban commuter trains. It also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for South Western Railway include London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, London Waterloo to Weymouth, and London Waterloo to Bournemouth.

    FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

      FAQs: Travel from Reading to London

      FAQs: 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.
      FAQs

      There are 2 travel options between Reading and London. You can take a train or bus.

      The cheapest way to go to London from Reading is by taking a bus, which costs on average $5 (€4).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Reading to London:

      A bus is $7 (€6) less than a train with an average ticket price of $12 (€10) 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 take longer:

      Taking a bus requires on average 45 min 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:

      • 51 trains a day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Reading to London as scheduled services by train or bus can vary by season or day of the week.

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

      • Buses from Reading to London most often leave from Reading, Blagrave Street (RailAir Lounge) and arrive in London, Victoria Coach Station.
      • Trains mostly leave from Reading and tend to arrive in London Waterloo.

      The following travel companies offer services from Reading to London:

      • Travel with Megabus, National Express or FlixBus for buses to London. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for FlixBus Reading to London tickets on Omio for $5 (€4).
      • Great Western Rail, South Western Railway or Tfl Rail can get you to London by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with South Western Railway from Reading to London for $12 (€10) 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 Great Western Rail, South Western Railway or Tfl Rail with 51 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 journey.

      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, Edinburgh, Manchester, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you're looking to explore Paris, Edinburgh, Manchester, Amsterdam or Brussels from London, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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