How to Reach Reading


  • By Air: The local airport is Heathrow, just 25 minutes west on the M4 at off-peak times. The Heathrow/Reading coach link departs approximately every 20 minutes from Reading Station.
  • Gatwick Airport is about an hour and a half by road (M4/M25) and Southampton (Eastleigh) airport is about 1 hour (A33/M3).
  • By Train: It is one of the main railway interchanges in the UK and is served by inter-city and regional train services, including services from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Oxford, Plymouth, Exeter, Cornwall, Portsmouth, Southampton, Swansea, Winchester and York and the airports described above.
  • By Car: Reading is served by the M4 motorway, which runs from London to Bristol and South Wales. About an hour's drive from central London, use Junction 11 for central Reading and then follow the signs.
  • By Bus: Travel by National Express, from all around the country.
  • By Boat: Portsmouth and Southampton ferry services are available.


  • By Bus: Relatively expensive, Reading buses operate within the city and some adjoining rural areas while Thames Travel provides services in other rural areas around Reading.
  • By Car: Caversham Vehicle Hire and Hertz are local car rentals. The cheapest way to see the countryside, use the Park and Ride services within the city.
  • By Taxi: Quite inexpensive, Black cabs can be found outside the Reading Station or on the street. Private cabs have to be called and are un-metered.