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Reading Station originally opened in 1840 as a stop on the London to Bristol service. It has seen many expansions over the years, the latest one in 2015, and is now the 2nd largest interchange outside of London. Around 20 million passengers use Reading station every year, and there are around 140 trains to Reading from London Paddington a day. Each August Bank Holiday, Reading is host to the exciting 3-day Reading festival, which attracts up to 90,000 people. The station is used by festival-goers who take the train to Reading and then walk the short distance to the event. Trains to Reading station are provided by both Great Western Railway and South Western Railway

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Please note: Reservations and tickets requiring reservations are sold at the following times only: Mon - Sat 08:00 - 20:00 and Sun 09:00 - 20:00
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:15 - 22:45
Saturday 05:30 - 22:45
Sunday 07:15 - 22:45
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes

Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked assistance in advance.
Customer Service notes

Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameMulti Storey Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces1275
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£565.50
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces344
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
front of station, underground short stay car park and long stay car park
Cycle storage notes<p>Cycles can be carried free of charge,restrictions apply and you need to make a reservation up to two hours before the train leaves the station it is starting from. Please see our Cycling by train leaflet.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

platforms can be reached via lift and bridge, ticket office is step free.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxi are available at the station entrance. please request staff assistance if you need to.

Reading Station has a total of 15 platforms. Platforms 8 to 15 are reached via the footbridge over the tracks. There are display boards to help with train times at Reading Station and an information desk near the station newsagent to help with the Reading train timetables. The multi-storey car park is accessed from a central position beside the Marks and Spencer food store. For wheelchair access, a ramp is located at the Forbury Road entrance.

Departures and arrivals from Reading

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Reading station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London PaddingtonTfL Rail20:2214On time
to Didcot ParkwayGreat Western Railway20:2312On time
to Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Western Railway20:279On time
to PlymouthGreat Western Railway20:298On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway20:3111On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway20:259On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway20:278On time
from OxfordGreat Western Railway20:2911Late
from RedhillGreat Western Railway20:315On time
from Cheltenham SpaGreat Western Railway20:3210On time
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in . Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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