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.
|Weekdays||05:15 - 22:45|
|Saturday||05:30 - 22:45|
|Sunday||07:15 - 22:45|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|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 points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Multi Storey Car Park|
|Carpark operator||APCOA Parking (UK) Limited|
|Car parking spaces||1275|
|Cycle storage spaces||344|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|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 access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
platforms can be reached via lift and bridge, ticket office is step free.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Accessible taxi are available at the station entrance. please request staff assistance if you need to.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
Yes, there are toilets available to use 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.