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Norwich to Reading by train

It takes an average of 4h 9m to travel from Norwich to Reading by train, over a distance of around 126 miles (203 km). There are normally 41 trains per day traveling from Norwich to Reading and tickets for this journey start from $34.69 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 48m


126 miles (203 km)


41 trains per day


1 change


From $34.69

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, East Midlands Railway, Thameslink

About the train journey from Norwich to Reading

Want to travel from Norwich to Reading by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Norwich to Reading usually takes 4 hours 9 minutes on average to travel 203 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 48 minutes. You can expect to find 41 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Norwich and Reading, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Reading.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Norwich to Reading in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $34.69.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Reading, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

FAQs for Norwich to Reading

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

The average journey time by train between Norwich and Reading is 4 hours and 9 minutes, with around 41 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 Norwich and Reading by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Norwich to Reading is 2 hours and 48 minutes.

How much does the train from Norwich to Reading cost?

Train tickets from Norwich to Reading can start from as little as $34.69 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 Norwich to Reading?

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

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

The first train from Norwich to Reading leaves at 04:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Norwich to Reading leaves at 23:05. 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 Norwich and Reading by train?

Trains travelling from Norwich to Reading cover a distance of around 126 miles (203 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Norwich to Reading

Train tickets from Norwich to Reading start at $34.69 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 Norwich 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.

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

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