London
Reading

London to Reading bus tickets

19 daily departures, bus tickets starting at £2.99, and the fastest trip in 1h 35m

London to Reading bus times

Check out the next buses departing from London to Reading for Sunday, 25 February

CompanyDeparture time/Arrival timeDeparture Station/Arrival StationTransport TypePriceView schedule
National Express
3h 12m
National Express
£33
National Express
3h
National Express
£33
National Express
2h 25m
National Express
£33
National Express
2h 25m
National Express
£33
National Express
2h 10m
National Express
£33

Over 19 schedules for your journey.

Bus London to Reading

It takes an average of 2h 15m to travel from London to Reading by bus, over a distance of around 59 km. There are normally 19 buses per day traveling from London to Reading and tickets for this journey start from £2.99 when you book in advance.

Distance59 km
Price£2.99
Frequency19
Fastest1h 35m

What companies travel from London to Reading?

Whether you're seeking speed, comfort, affordability, or a blend of all, our detailed overview covers the key players in the industry. Get insights into schedules, booking tips, and amenities offered by each company, ensuring your journey between these iconic cities is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Cheapest Travel Options

For a cost-conscious trip from London to Reading, savvy travelers have a range of choices. National Express and Green Line buses present a wallet-friendly ride between £10 to £20. On the rails, Great Western and South Western railways provide swift connections costing between £12 to £30, balancing efficiency with economy.

Whether you’re a family seeking value, a business traveler watching expenses, or a solo voyager on a shoestring, London to Reading has options to suit. Evaluate your needs, then save big with our insights on the most affordable travel methods tailored for diverse groups and budget plans.

Cheapest Travel Options

Frequently asked questions

Discover the ease and convenience of traveling from London to Reading. With frequent train services and a swift commute, you can explore Reading’s rich history and vibrant culture seamlessly from the capital. Ideal for day trips or weekend getaways.

Best Travel Options

Embarking on a journey from London to Reading offers different experiences across various transportation modes:

Travel Time: Trains slash travel time significantly, clocking in at just 30 minutes, while driving can vary around 1-2 hours, suggesting trains for time-sensitive trips.

Cost: Budget-wise, buses are kinder to your wallet, but trains offer value with speed and convenience despite a higher fare, and car travel cost varies with group size.

Experience: Trains afford a balance of quick and comfortable travel, buses are easy-going and cost-effective, and cars offer complete freedom and scenic indulgences.

🧳 Covering a short trip of 40 km (25 miles), this guide aims to ease your travel planning and invites you to explore more insightful content below.

Best Travel Options

Bus vs Train

Exploring the choice between bus and train for the route from London to Reading reveals distinct considerations:

Travel Duration: Trains offer a swift 30-minute journey, while buses take longer but allow you to soak in the scenic routes, making it perfect for leisurely travel.

Cost-Efficiency: Buses win on the affordability front, presenting an economical travel option, whereas trains balance the scale by providing speedier commutes for those prioritizing time over cost.

Onboard Experience: Trains edge out with amenities like Wi-Fi and power sockets for a comfortable ride, though buses offer a cozier atmosphere with similar facilities for connected travel.

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Cheap tickets from London to Reading

The price of tickets from London to Reading is cheaper for a one-way standard class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the companies release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper tickets from London to Reading by booking early.

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the services are also popular commuter services, lots of companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider traveling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting transport

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting transport. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

"Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly."

Ethan Hughes
Ethan Hughes
Transport Trekker

"Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey."

John Anderson
John Anderson
Adventurous Explorer

"Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board."

Charlotte Adams
Charlotte Adams
Transit Seeker

"Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals."

William Lewis
William Lewis
Commuting Maverick

"Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry."

Isabella Wright
Isabella Wright
Route Seeker

"Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi."

David Thompson
David Thompson
Nomadic Voyager

"Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people."

Emily Roberts
Emily Roberts
Serene Wanderer

"Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey."

Olivia Rodriguez
Olivia Rodriguez
Rail Trailblazer

"Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times."

Mia Bennett
Mia Bennett
Bus Explorer

"Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules."

Michael Turner
Michael Turner
Transit Connoisseur

"Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint."

Sophia Mitchell
Sophia Mitchell
Journey Enthusiast
Travel Hotspots

Discover the Top Transit Hubs

Discover the top transit hubs with our comprehensive list of the busiest and most important bus and train stations. Find out which stations offer the best connections and travel options for your next trip. Plan your trip with ease and efficiency by exploring our guide to the key transit hubs.