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Manchester to Reading by train

It takes an average of 3h 20m to travel from Manchester to Reading by train, over a distance of around 150 miles (241 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Reading and tickets for this journey start from $32.73 when you book in advance.

First train

04:11

Last train

20:25

Departure station

Manchester

Arrival station

Reading

Journey time

From 3h 13m

Distance

150 miles (241 km)

Frequency

17 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $32.73

Train operators

CrossCountry

Traveling from Manchester to Reading by train

Looking to travel from Manchester to Reading by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 3 hours 20 minutes to travel from Manchester to Reading by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 3 hours 13 minutes though. You'll usually find 17 trains per day running along the 241 km route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Reading.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Manchester to Reading start from $32.73 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Reading by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

FAQs for Manchester to Reading

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

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Reading is 3 hours and 20 minutes, with around 17 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 Manchester and Reading by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Reading is 3 hours and 13 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Reading cost?

Train tickets from Manchester to Reading can start from as little as $32.73 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 Manchester to Reading?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Reading without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Manchester to Reading each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Manchester to Reading leaves at 04:11. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Reading leaves at 20:25. 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 Manchester and Reading by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Reading cover a distance of around 150 miles (241 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Reading

Train tickets from Manchester to Reading start at $32.73 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 Manchester 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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