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.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Reading. The most preferred mode of transport in Reading is Bus/Trolleybus.

Average distance: 14.88 km Average time: 41 min

  • Bus/Trolleybus 40%
    Bus 27.5 min Walking 8.75 min Waiting 7.5 min Other 3.75 min Overall average time for 7.83 kms 47.5 min
  • Train/Metro 10%
    Train 40 min Bike 12 min Overall average time for 48.28 kms 52 min
  • Car 40%
    Driving 29.5 min Overall average time for 16.42 kms 29.5 min
  • Walking 10%
    Walking 50 min Overall average time for 3.5 kms 50 min
Route Distance Time
Wimbledon to Reading 84.2 km 1 hour 24 mins
London to Reading 94.61 km 1 hour 34 mins
Grays to Reading 144.73 km 2 hours 24 mins
Oslo to Reading 1604.25 km 26 hours 44 mins
New bedford to Reading 7806.96 km 130 hours 6 mins
Gouldsboro to Reading 8303.35 km 138 hours 23 mins
Mumbai to Reading 8509.23 km 141 hours 49 mins
Bogotà d.c. to Reading 8693.3 km 144 hours 53 mins
Dayton to Reading 9261.38 km 154 hours 21 mins
Chennai to Reading 9264.31 km 154 hours 24 mins
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