Reading is an important town due to its close vicinity to West London and large number of high tech companies and University. Most people opt to take the train to London from Reading to avoid traffic nearer London but it is also possible to take a bus. Coaches depart from Calcot Coachway near Sainsburys supermarket in Reading and take about 1 hour 40 minutes to reach London's Victoria coach station. Buses also stop at London's Heathrow airport on the way. Services run about once an hour during peak periods.
An economy return bus ticket to Reading costs 15.20 GBP but can be lower when there are special offers on. To check prices and availability click on the button below to be taken to the secure official website:
(Please note: If you buy a bus ticket using the form above for a specific time and you are delayed, the ticket will still be valid for any bus between London and Reading for 24 hours from the original departure time.)
Megabus now operate between London and Reading and have some fares as low as 1.50 GBP (including booking fee) one way if you book far enough in advance. You can even book over night bus journeys which will save you accommodation costs. For the latest prices and booking information please click the button below:
Trains from Reading to London are extremely frequent and run roughly every 10 minutes during peak periods. Trains from Reading to London Paddington are also pretty quick taking less than 30 minutes to make the journey. For this reason many people opt to take the train over the bus.
An off peak advance return costs 22 GBP, a little more than taking the bus. It is often possible to get cheaper train tickets by buying two single tickets rather than a return. Tickets can be booked online to get the cheapest fares and tickets can be either posted to you or picked up from an automated machine upon arrival at the station. To check the latest train ticket prices from Reading to London please click the link below:
If you decide you would like to spend a little longer in Reading why not check out some of the Reading Hotel Deals and see if anything takes your fancy?
The Notting Hill Carnival
(Sun 26th Aug, 2018)
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival.
(Fri 14th Sep, 2018)
The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in mid-September. Activities take place over a weekend on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.
Lord Mayor's Show
(Sat 10th Nov, 2018)
The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual parade of various London based groups and societies. It is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London and dates back to 1535.