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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.

Trains to Reading station

Reading train station is mainly served by GWR and South Western Railway trains.

GWR services connect London Paddington to Reading in 43m, Newbury to Reading in 23m and Cheltenham to Reading in 1h 34m, while South Western Railway run from London Waterloo to Reading in 1h 28m. Both operators cover the route from Bristol Temple Meads to Reading (1h 14m).

Need more information on how to get to Reading by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Reading.

Reading train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Reading station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Reading railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Reading.

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.

Reading train station parking

Reading train station has one multi-storey car park, which 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.

Hotels near Reading train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Reading station open?

Reading station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Reading station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Reading station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Reading.

Are there toilets at Reading station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Reading station.

Are dogs allowed at Reading station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Reading station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

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 NewburyGreat Western Railway20:378Late
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway20:4213On time
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway20:426On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway20:4710On time
to OxfordGreat Western Railway20:499On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from BasingstokeGreat Western Railway20:372Late
from London WaterlooSouth Western Railway20:414On time
from London PaddingtonTfL Rail20:4314On time
from Manchester PiccadillyCrossCountry20:437On time
from NewburyGreat Western Railway20:441On time
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