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Birmingham to Reading by train

The journey from Birmingham to Reading by train is 81.21 mi and takes 2 hrs 10 mins. There are 61 connections per day, with the first departure at 05:15 and the last at 22:56. It is possible to travel from Birmingham to Reading by train for as little as £22.47 or as much as £74.08. The best price for this journey is £22.47.

Lowest Price£22.47
Journey Duration2 hrs 10 mins
Connection per Day61
Lowest Price£22.47
Highest Price£74.08
First Departure05:15
Last Departure22:56
Distance81.21 mi
DepartureBirmingham
ArrivalReading
CarriersAvanti West Coast, West Midlands RailwayMore

Birmingham to Reading Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

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How much does it cost to get from Birmingham to Reading by train?

Prices will vary when you travel from Birmingham to Reading. On average, though, you'll pay about £58.88 for a train ticket. You can find train tickets for prices as low as £22.47, 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 train 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 train tickets.
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On average, you can expect to spend around £58.88 for your train 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 train 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 Birmingham to Reading.

How much time will it take to go from Birmingham to Reading by train?

With a distance of 81.21 mi between Birmingham and Reading, it will usually take 2 hrs 10 mins to complete the journey. This average figure may vary from day to day. Delays could be caused by unexpected weather conditions, roadworks or construction, local events, or other unforeseen circumstances. Remember that your journey may take longer than 2 hrs 10 mins. Make your plans with this in mind to avoid disappointment, particularly if you are traveling on a tight schedule. The journey between Birmingham and Reading runs for about 81.21 mi and usually takes approximately 2 hrs 10 mins. However, this figure is an average and will vary according to a number of factors. Depending on the method of transport that you choose, you might be able to arrive in less time. The shortest time in which you can complete this journey is 1 hr 27 mins. If you are trying to get from Birmingham to Reading as quickly as possible, look for express routes or non-stopping services. Direct routes are not always the fastest way to travel. At times, you may even find a quicker route that involves a connection in another city.

At what time of the day can I travel from Birmingham to Reading?

If you want to set off early, take the first departure of the day from Birmingham to Reading, which usually leaves at 05:15. The last scheduled departure of the day is normally at 22:56. These timetables may vary depending on the day of the week, or at different times of year. If you prefer to travel at night, you will usually find the first departure from Birmingham to Reading leaving at 05:15. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last departure of the night leaves at 22:56.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays.

Which stations can I use to travel from Birmingham to Reading?

You can depart from Birmingham at stations such as . At the end of the journey, you will be able to arrive in Reading at the following stations: . Some of these stations may only be served by particular travel providers. Because of this, there may not be a direct connection between all the stations in Birmingham and Reading. Plan your journey carefully, as it may be necessary to make another connection before departure or after arrival.

How many daily journeys are there from Birmingham to Reading?

The route from Birmingham to Reading is served by providers including . From this list of transport providers, there are up to departures each day. However, this exact number will vary. On average, journeys depart from Birmingham 61 times per day. This number includes all the transport providers that serve the route. When traveling from Birmingham to Reading, you may choose to use an indirect route, involving connections. If you prefer not to do this, you will find an average of 12 direct journeys each day. However, indirect routes open up more possibilities for flexible travelers. On average, there are 49 journeys with one change or more each day. These numbers are all averages. They can slightly vary depending on the day of the week, the season of the year, local festivals, and other factors. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Birmingham to Reading. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around £21.16 to £60.20 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 65% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Reading

The cheapest Birmingham - Reading train tickets can be found for as low as £13.91 if you’re lucky, or £48.32 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as £118.54.

Find the best day to travel to Reading by train

When travelling to Reading by train, 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.

Great Western Railway (GWR) is a British railway company that operates passenger services between London and the southwest of England, as well as parts of Wales. It was founded in 1833 and was originally known as the Great Western Railway Company. GWR is now owned by FirstGroup. The company is known for its iconic green livery and its historic steam locomotives, including the famous Flying Scotsman.

West Midlands Railway is a train operating company that provides passenger services across the West Midlands region of England.The West Midlands Trains consortium, composed of Abellio, JR East, and Mitsui, won the franchise for the region, leading to the establishment of the service in 2017. The West Midlands Railway offers a variety of services, including longer distance services to cities like London and Liverpool as well as local and regional trains.

Services on board Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway from Birmingham to Reading
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Birmingham to Reading CO2 Emissions by Train

Ecology
Train
9.15kg
Bus
9.8kg
Flight
26.14kg
Car
20.91kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Birmingham to Reading by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Birmingham and Reading are 9.15kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Birmingham and Reading? By taking the train between Birmingham and Reading you will save 16.99kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.65kg compared to a bus and 11.76kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Birmingham to Reading?
A train ticket from Birmingham to Reading is £58.88. 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 £22.47.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Birmingham to Reading?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Birmingham to Reading is £22.47. 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 Birmingham and Reading by train?
Birmingham to Reading is 81.21 mi.
How long does the train between Birmingham and Reading take?
Birmingham to Reading is on average 2 hrs 10 mins. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 hr 27 mins.
Which companies operate from Birmingham to Reading?
The train journey from Birmingham to Reading is covered by 4 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway and Chiltern Railways.
How many train connections per day go from Birmingham to Reading?
Birmingham to Reading has 61 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Birmingham to Reading leave?
The earliest train from Birmingham to Reading departs at 05:15. 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 train from Birmingham to Reading depart?
The latest train from Birmingham to Reading departs at 22:56. 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 Birmingham to Reading in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is £22.47 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 Birmingham to Reading?
There are 4 station(s) that you can depart from Birmingham to go to Reading. You can go from Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street, Five Ways and Birmingham Coach Station and you can arrive at Reading Station, Three Mile Cross Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride and Reading Calcott.
How many direct connections depart from Birmingham to Reading?
There are on average 12 direct connection(s) from Birmingham to go to Reading.
What's the fastest journey time between Birmingham to Reading by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Birmingham and Reading is 1 hr 27 mins.
Is there a direct train from Birmingham to Reading?
Yes, there is a direct train between Birmingham and Reading.
What are the CO2 emissions for Birmingham to Reading by train?
The train journey from Birmingham to Reading creates 9.15kg of CO2 emissions.

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