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About Reading

Located only 20 minutes west of London, Reading is a large university and market town in the English county of Berkshire. Reading has an intriguing mix of the past and the present, with a vibrant student scene thriving among the city's medieval and Victorian architecture.

Reading sits on the River Thames, at the end-point of the Kennet and Avon Canal, so there are a number of pretty riverside walks to take in the scenery. Explore the gardens and meet the animals at Beadle Wildlife Park, a vast park crisscrossed with nature trails.

To discover the town's past, visit the Reading Museum, where you can take a trip through time from early Saxon settlements to the Industrial Revolution through 21st-century life.

Since Reading is home to a large university, you are always guaranteed exciting nightlife. Filled with many restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs, Reading is the perfect place for a night on the town. Try The Nag's Head, The Lyndhurst, or The Purple Turtle to start your night right.

Because Reading is only a short way from London, getting to Reading is simple. Fly to one of London's large international airports for access from around the world. Reading Train Station is also one of Britain's main railway interchanges, making it easy to reach from all over the country by train. National Express buses also operate through the city from many destinations around the United Kingdom.

Station Information

Initially opened in 1840 as a stop on the London to Bristol rail line, Reading Station is now the second-largest interchange outside of London. Great Western Railway and South Western Railway operate trains to and from Reading, connecting the city to Newbury, London, Cheltenham, and Bristol. The bus station outside the station provides easy access to local and long-distance travel, and there is a large underground parking complex, too. Inside the glass-roofed station, you can find shops, restrooms, coffee shops, and plenty of seating. Some of Reading's best attractions are within a short walk, including the Reading Museum and the ruins of Reading Abbey.

Popular coach stations in Reading:

  • North Interchange

  • Reading Station

  • Trooper Potts Way

  • University - Christchurch Green

What coach companies travel to Reading, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Reading is accessible by coach from 4 other cities. You can choose from 28 daily scheduled trips when you search for coaches to Reading on Wanderu. Megabus usually has the most coaches on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Reading are also available..

Coach companies serving Reading

CoachRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Megabus163h 40m£23.57
National Express123h 29m£34.09
FlixBus95h 59m£22.45
  • Founded in 2003, Megabus UK was created to provide travelers with greener, more straightforward and smarter travel. The carrier has routes all across the United Kingdom in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Megabus UK fleet, easily distinguishable by its dark blue and yellow colors, has free Wi-Fi, outlets and charging ports, onboard restrooms, and 20 kg luggage allowances on each bus.

  • National Express is probably the UK's best-known bus company, offering intercity services to London, Manchester, Southampton, and Edinburgh. Onboard the single and double-decker vehicles, travelers enjoy a good amount of legroom – roomier than airlines have in coach class – alongside WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning.

  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

£4.50 is the cheapest price for a coach ticket to Reading, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on coaches from your city to Reading. In the last month, coaches from Birmingham to Reading had the lowest average price at £15.19.

The busiest coach station in Reading is North Interchange. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular coach stations in Reading are:

  • North Interchange
  • Reading Station
  • Trooper Potts Way
Reading is the most popular coach destination in Reading. It also ranks number 79 in United Kingdom. Reading has the most coach connections in the region. There are 12 coach schedules arriving in Reading each day.
The population of Reading is 318014. Reading ranks number 1 in terms of population in Reading and number 18 in all of United Kingdom.
Coach tickets to Reading range from £4 for a short trip to Reading, while a 60 to 200 mile coach trip to Reading starts at , and a longer trip by coach to Reading can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £4.
Taking a coach to Reading is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that coach travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the coach to Reading a great option when planning your next vacation.
The closest coach station to the city center of Reading is Trooper Potts Way, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Trooper Potts Way as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Reading. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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