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Reading to Manchester

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  1. Reading
    Platform 15 estimated
    06:20
    Reading
    Platform 15 estimated
    07:16
    London Paddington
    Platform 2 estimated
    07:16
    London Paddington
    08:10
    London Euston
    08:10
    London Euston
    10:53
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 7 estimated
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 7 estimated
    2 changes
    Off Peak
  2. Reading
    Platform 15 estimated
    07:32
    Reading
    Platform 15 estimated
    08:28
    London Paddington
    Platform 10 estimated
    08:28
    London Paddington
    09:20
    London Euston
    09:20
    London Euston
    12:04
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 7 estimated
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 7 estimated
    2 changes
    Off Peak
  3. Reading
    Platform 13B estimated
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 5 estimated
    0 changes
    Off Peak
  4. Reading
    Platform 13B estimated
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 8 estimated
    0 changes
    Off Peak
  5. Reading
    Platform 3 estimated
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 6 estimated
    0 changes
    Off Peak

Journey information from Reading to Manchester

  • Train Fares from: £26.95
  • Fastest route:
  • Slowest route:
  • Average journey time:
  • Changes: Direct
  • Trains per day: Around 18
  • Distance: 150 miles (241 km)
  • Train operators: CrossCountry
  • Origin: Reading
  • Destination: Manchester
  • How long does it take to travel from Reading to Manchester by train?

    The average journey time between Reading and Manchester is . On an average weekday, there are 18 trains travelling from Reading to Manchester. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • What is the fastest journey from Reading to Manchester by train?

    The fastest journey time by train is .

  • How much does the train from Reading to Manchester cost?

    Train tickets from Reading to Manchester can start from as little as £26.95 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

  • Are there direct trains from Reading to Manchester?

    Yes, it is possible to travel from Reading to Manchester without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Reading to Manchester.

    Direct
  • What is the distance between Reading and Manchester?

    The distance between Reading and Manchester is 150 miles.

    Distance: 150 miles
  • What time is the first train from Reading to Manchester?

    The first train from Reading to Manchester departs at .

    What time is the last train from Reading to Manchester?

    The last train from Reading to Manchester departs at .

    First train
    Last train
    No sleeper services are available. There may also be fewer services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.
  • If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered ''Why are there so many?!'' Well, luckily we've put together a handy guide to all the variations of train ticket you may encounter on your travels.

    *Please note that not all types of train tickets are available for every journey. Factors such as the time, date and train company you'll be using can affect the availability of each one.

Reading to Manchester timetable

Check out the next trains departing from Reading to Manchester for Saturday 16th Nov 2019. For the full train timetable, or to search for a later time or date, click here.

DepartsArrivesDuration
06:2010:534h 33m, 2 changes
07:3212:044h 32m, 2 changes
09:1112:413h 30m, direct
10:1213:303h 18m, direct
11:1214:293h 17m, direct

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

How to find cheap train tickets from Reading to Manchester

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from£43.25

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