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Reading to Liverpool by train

It takes an average of 4h 48m to travel from Reading to Liverpool by train, over a distance of around 159 miles (256 km). There are normally 55 trains per day travelling from Reading to Liverpool and tickets for this journey start from £49.50 when you book in advance.

First train

05:15

Last train

21:18

Departure station

Reading

Arrival station

Liverpool

Journey time

From 3h 27m

Distance

159 miles (256 km)

Frequency

55 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £49.50

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Merseyrail, Transport for Wales, Chiltern Railways

Take the train from Reading to Liverpool in 3 hours 27 minutes

If you want to travel from Reading to Liverpool by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Reading to Liverpool by train to take around 4 hours 48 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours 27 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 55 trains per day running on this route, which spans 159 miles (256 km). You'll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to Liverpool. You can travel on this route with either Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway or Transport for Wales. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Reading to Liverpool start from £49.50 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Travelling during Off-Peak times or using a Railcard can also help you save money on train travel. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including money-saving tips, or check our timetable above where you can view live train times.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Reading and Liverpool is 4 hours and 48 minutes, with around 55 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 Reading and Liverpool by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Reading to Liverpool is 3 hours and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from Reading to Liverpool cost?

Train ticket prices from Reading to Liverpool can start from as little as £49.50 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 Reading to Liverpool?

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

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

The first train from Reading to Liverpool leaves at 05:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Reading to Liverpool leaves at 21:18. 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 Reading and Liverpool by train?

Trains travelling from Reading to Liverpool cover a distance of around 159 miles (256 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Reading to Liverpool

Train tickets from Reading to Liverpool start at £49.50 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

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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 Reading to Liverpool 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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