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London Paddington to Reading by train

It takes an average of 42m to travel from London Paddington to Reading by train, over a distance of around 34 miles (55 km). There are normally 293 trains per day travelling from London Paddington to Reading and tickets for this journey start from £17 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 23m
PriceFrom £17
Distance34 miles (55 km)
Frequency293 trains per day
First train02:34
Last train01:34
Departure stationLondon Paddington
Arrival stationReading
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

London Paddington to Reading train times

Check out the next trains departing from London Paddington to Reading for Tuesday 9th August 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
13:27 14:19 52m, direct
13:28 13:51 23m, direct
13:32 13:56 24m, direct
13:41 14:40 59m, direct
13:48 14:11 23m, direct
13:50 14:16 26m, direct
13:57 14:46 49m, direct
14:02 14:25 23m, direct
14:04 14:27 23m, direct
14:08 14:33 25m, direct

Travelling from London Paddington to Reading by train

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

On average, it takes around 44m to get from London Paddington to Reading by train, although the fastest services can take just 23m. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available.

You can travel to Reading with two different train companies, Great Western Railway (GWR) or Elizabeth line (previously TfL Rail), with GWR offering faster services to your destination. If you want to travel in style, why not upgrade to GWR First Class? From comfy seats with extra space to tasty complimentary nibbles and drinks, there are endless benefits you can enjoy on board.

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If you’re feeling ready to book, start a search for cheap train tickets with us today. Want to check if trains are running? Use our timetable to view live train times from London Paddington to Reading.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London Paddington 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 London Paddington to Reading take?

The average journey time by train between London Paddington and Reading is 42 minutes, with around 293 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 London Paddington and Reading by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London Paddington to Reading is 23 minutes.

How much does the train from London Paddington to Reading cost?

Train ticket prices from London Paddington to Reading can start from as little as £17 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from London Paddington to Reading?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London Paddington to Reading without having to change trains. There are 293 direct trains from London Paddington 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 London Paddington to Reading leave?

The first train from London Paddington to Reading leaves at 02:34. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London Paddington to Reading leave?

The last train from London Paddington to Reading leaves at 01:34. 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 London Paddington and Reading by train?

Trains travelling from London Paddington to Reading cover a distance of around 34 miles (55 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London Paddington to Reading

Train tickets from London Paddington to Reading start at £17 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.

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