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Wigan to Reading by train

It takes an average of 5h 6m to travel from Wigan to Reading by train, over a distance of around 160 miles (258 km). There are normally 38 trains per day travelling from Wigan to Reading and tickets for this journey start from £61.60 when you book in advance.

First train

04:46

Last train

22:54

Departure station

Wigan

Arrival station

Reading

Journey time

From 3h 11m

Distance

160 miles (258 km)

Frequency

38 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £61.60

Train operators

CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast

About the train journey from Wigan to Reading

Want to travel from Wigan to Reading by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Wigan to Reading usually takes 5 hours 6 minutes on average to travel 160 miles (258 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 3 hours 11 minutes. You can expect to find 38 trains per day running on this popular route. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to Reading, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway or CrossCountry, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Wigan to Reading if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £61.60. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

If you want to know more about the journey, scroll up for timetables and live train times, or keep reading for tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Wigan and Reading is 5 hours and 6 minutes, with around 38 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 Wigan and Reading by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Wigan to Reading is 3 hours and 11 minutes.

How much does the train from Wigan to Reading cost?

Train ticket prices from Wigan to Reading can start from as little as £61.60 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 Wigan to Reading?

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

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

The first train from Wigan to Reading leaves at 04:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Wigan to Reading leaves at 22:54. 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 Wigan and Reading by train?

Trains travelling from Wigan to Reading cover a distance of around 160 miles (258 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Wigan to Reading

Train tickets from Wigan to Reading start at £61.60 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 Wigan to Reading 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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