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Cambridge to Reading by train

It takes an average of 2h 35m to travel from Cambridge to Reading by train, over a distance of around 69 miles (112 km). There are normally 64 trains per day traveling from Cambridge to Reading and tickets for this journey start from $48.15 when you book in advance.

First train

3:53 am

Last train

9:20 pm

Departure station

Cambridge

Arrival station

Reading

Journey time

From 2h 8m

Distance

69 miles (112 km)

Frequency

64 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $48.15

Train operators

Great Western Railway, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, Thameslink

Taking the train from Cambridge to Reading in 2 hours 8 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Cambridge to Reading? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 2 hours 35 minutes to travel the 112 km from Cambridge to Reading by train, although you can get there in as little as 2 hours 8 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 64 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line.

Train tickets from Cambridge to Reading start from $48.15 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Reading? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

FAQs for Cambridge to Reading

Want to know more about your journey from Cambridge 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 Cambridge to Reading take?

The average journey time by train between Cambridge and Reading is 2 hours and 35 minutes, with around 64 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 Cambridge and Reading by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cambridge to Reading is 2 hours and 8 minutes.

How much does the train from Cambridge to Reading cost?

Train tickets from Cambridge to Reading can start from as little as $48.15 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 Cambridge to Reading?

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

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

The first train from Cambridge to Reading leaves at 03:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cambridge to Reading leaves at 21:20. 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 Cambridge and Reading by train?

Trains travelling from Cambridge to Reading cover a distance of around 69 miles (112 km) during the journey.

Cheap train tickets from Cambridge to Reading

Train tickets from Cambridge to Reading start at $48.15 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 Cambridge 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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What are my ticket options for this journey?

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