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London to Reading by bus

The journey from London to Reading by bus is 38.08 mi and takes 1 hr 31 mins. There are 213 connections per day, with the first departure at 00:01 and the last at 23:59. It is possible to travel from London to Reading by bus for as little as £2.96 or as much as £53.48. The best price for this journey is £2.96.

Lowest Price£2.96
Journey Duration1 hr 31 mins
Connection per Day213
Lowest Price£2.96
Highest Price£53.48
First Departure00:01
Last Departure23:59
Distance38.08 mi
DepartureLondon
ArrivalReading
CarriersMegabus, Reading RailAirMore

London to Reading Bus Times

Departure date
Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

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How can I get the cheapest bus tickets to travel from London to Reading?

Prices will vary when you travel from London to Reading. On average, though, you'll pay about £25.22 for a bus ticket. You can find bus tickets for prices as low as £2.96, but it may require some flexibility with your travel plans. If you're looking for a low price, you may need to prepare to spend more time in transit. You can also often find cheaper bus tickets at particular times of day, or on certain days of the week. Of course, ticket prices often change during the year, too; expect to pay more in peak season. For the lowest prices, it's usually best to make your reservation in advance. Be careful, though, as many providers do not offer refunds or exchanges on their cheapest bus tickets.
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On average, you can expect to spend around £25.22 for your bus ticket. Virail will help you find a journey that fits your budget. You can expect prices to vary between different travel providers and methods of transport; often, faster journeys will cost more than slower routes. If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find cheaper bus tickets, as prices may fluctuate a little from day to day. You may also find lower prices by booking at certain times of day, avoiding rush hour traffic. Another tip for travelers on a tight budget is to look for connecting journeys. Sometimes it can be cheaper to make a change or two along the way, rather than traveling on a direct route from London to Reading.

How long does it take to get from London to Reading by bus?

The average journey time is 1 hr 31 mins. This is how long it takes to cross the 38.08 mi from London to Reading. When planning your journey, remember that delays are a possibility. Some unplanned events could cause your journey from London to Reading to take longer than 1 hr 31 mins. The journey between London and Reading by bus usually takes 1 hr 31 mins to cover a distance of 38.08 mi. The shortest journey from London to Reading will take you 0 hrs 20 mins. Remember, as always, that this time does not include any delays that might occur due to weather conditions, construction, or unexpected diversions and disruptions. If arriving in Reading quickly is a priority for you, look for express or non-stop services. You may also find that a connecting route reaches your destination faster than some direct journeys. Virail will allow you to explore all your options and come to a decision that suits your needs.

How many journeys from London to Reading are there every day?

The exact number of journeys from London to Reading can vary from day to day. Some services may only run on particular days of the week, while others might be seasonal. In general, an average of 213 departures leave each day. These are run by a number of different transport providers, including . On particularly busy days, there can be up to departures. You can usually expect there to be more connections on weekdays. Many providers run fewer journeys on weekends or public holidays. As a traveler, you may prefer to take a direct route from London to Reading. However, you will find more options available to you if you are willing to take a connecting route. These pass through one or more different cities, and you'll have to change along the way. Not all travelers feel comfortable making multiple connections, but if you are, then you will enjoy greater flexibility when making your booking. The exact number of daily departures from London to Reading varies, but in general, you can expect to find 143 direct connections with no changes leaving each day. Travelers who are happy to take an indirect route will find, on average, 70 journeys with one change or more. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from London to Reading. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap bus tickets from London to Reading
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from London to Reading.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from London to Reading, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from London to Reading.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Best time to book London to Reading travel

Virail Pro Tip ✌: Booking 10 days in advance save 10% on average

Price as departure date approaches

Bus companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around £2.91 to £6.92 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 58% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap bus tickets from London to Reading

The cheapest London - Reading bus tickets can be found for as low as £3.80 if you’re lucky, or £5.38 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as £7.11.

Find the best day to travel to Reading by bus

When travelling to Reading by bus, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

FlixBus, a long-distance bus company, operates in both Europe and the United States. Founded in 2013, it has grown to become one of the largest bus operators in Europe, connecting over 2,500 destinations in 30 countries. Originating in Germany, FlixBus has expanded quickly to neighboring countries including France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Croatia, while also offering regular services to Norway, Spain, and England. With affordable fares and comfortable amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard toilets, FlixBus provides a convenient and enjoyable travel experience.

Megabus is a low-cost intercity bus service that operates in North America, Canada, and Europe. It was founded in 2003 and is owned by Stagecoach Group, a multinational transport company. Megabus retains its own brand in Britain and North America, but in Continental Europe, including France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, its services have been rebranded as Flixbus since the acquisition by a German company in June 2016.

Services on board Megabus, Reading RailAir and FlixBus from London to Reading
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London to Reading CO2 Emissions by Bus

Ecology
Train
4.29kg
Bus
4.6kg
Flight
12.26kg
Car
9.8kg

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from London to Reading?
A bus ticket from London to Reading is £25.22. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as £2.96.
What's the cheapest bus ticket from London to Reading?
The cheapest ticket you can get from London to Reading is £2.96. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between London and Reading by bus?
London to Reading is 38.08 mi.
How long does the bus between London and Reading take?
London to Reading is on average 1 hr 31 mins. However the fastest option will get you there in 0 hrs 20 mins.
Which companies operate from London to Reading?
The bus journey from London to Reading is covered by 3 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Megabus, Reading RailAir, FlixBus and National Express.
How many bus connections per day go from London to Reading?
London to Reading has 213 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first bus from London to Reading leave?
The earliest bus from London to Reading departs at 00:01. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last bus from London to Reading depart?
The latest bus from London to Reading departs at 23:59. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from London to Reading in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest bus ticket we have found is £2.96 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
From which stations can I leave from London to Reading?
There are 19 station(s) that you can depart from London to go to Reading. You can go from Gatwick Airport, London Charing Cross, London City Airport, London Waterloo, Luton Airport , London St Pancras, London Paddington, London Southend Airport, Southend Airport, Waterloo, London Euston, London Premier Inn Heathrow Terminal 5, London Stratford, London Bridge, London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, London Hyde Park, London Victoria, London Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport and you can arrive at Reading Calcott, Reading Station and Three Mile Cross Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride.
How many direct connections depart from London to Reading?
There are on average 143 direct connection(s) from London to go to Reading.
What's the fastest journey time between London to Reading by bus?
The fastest journey time by bus between London and Reading is 0 hrs 20 mins.
Is there a direct bus from London to Reading?
Yes, there is a direct bus between London and Reading.
What are the CO2 emissions for London to Reading by bus?
The bus journey from London to Reading creates 4.6kg of CO2 emissions.

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