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Brighton to Reading by train

It takes an average of 2h 40m to travel from Brighton to Reading by train, over a distance of around 56 miles (91 km). There are normally 120 trains per day traveling from Brighton to Reading and tickets for this journey start from $27.91 when you book in advance.

First train

03:12

Last train

22:56

Departure station

Brighton

Arrival station

Reading

Journey time

From 2h 4m

Distance

56 miles (91 km)

Frequency

120 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $27.91

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern

How to travel from Brighton to Reading by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Brighton to Reading? Look no further.

You'll usually find 120 trains per day running between Brighton and Reading, which usually take 2 hours 40 minutes to complete the 91 km journey. It can take as little as 2 hours 4 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Reading from Brighton, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way.

You can save money on train tickets from Brighton to Reading if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $27.91. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

FAQs for Brighton to Reading

Want to know more about your journey from Brighton to Reading? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Brighton to Reading take?

The average journey time by train between Brighton and Reading is 2 hours and 40 minutes, with around 120 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Brighton and Reading by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brighton to Reading is 2 hours and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Brighton to Reading cost?

Train tickets from Brighton to Reading can start from as little as $27.91 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Brighton to Reading?

No, there are no direct train services from Brighton to Reading. Travelling from Brighton to Reading by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Brighton to Reading leave?

The first train from Brighton to Reading leaves at 03:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Brighton to Reading leave?

The last train from Brighton to Reading leaves at 22:56. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Brighton and Reading by train?

Trains travelling from Brighton to Reading cover a distance of around 56 miles (91 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Reading to Brighton.

Cheap train tickets from Brighton to Reading

Train tickets from Brighton to Reading start at $27.91 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Brighton to Reading is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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