Reading travel guide

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You're Going to Love Reading

With a population of 244,070, Reading is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Reading has to offer.

Where to Eat in Reading

If you’re looking for affordable options, CAU Reading (The Oracle Shopping Centre) and Forbury's Restaurant (One Forbury Square) are great picks. For delicious green meals, London St Brasserie (Riverside Oracle 2-4 London Street) and The Pack Saddle at Mapledurham (Chazey Heath) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Reading.

When to visit Reading

Reading in February
Estimated hotel price
$53
1 night at 3-star hotel
Reading in February
Estimated hotel price
$53
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Reading

Plane

Although Reading doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Oxford Kidlington (OXF), which is located 30 miles from Reading. The shortest flight to Reading from the United States departs from New York and takes around 6h 50m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Reading, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Reading to Birmingham takes 1h 28m and costs around $53 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about $45 for a 1h 36m trip. Located 6 miles from the city center, Reading Mortimer is the busiest station in Reading. Another popular train station is Reading Theale, located 4 miles from the center.

Car

Another option to get to Reading is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 37 miles from Reading. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Reading, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Southampton, the bus ride to Reading takes 110 miles and will cost you around $14. From Bristol, the ticket costs about $6 for a journey of 130 miles. The most popular bus station is Reading Queen's Rd, located 0.7 miles from downtown Reading. Reading Calcott is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city center.

Plane

Although Reading doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Oxford Kidlington (OXF), which is located 30 miles from Reading. The shortest flight to Reading from the United States departs from New York and takes around 6h 50m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Reading, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Reading to Birmingham takes 1h 28m and costs around $53 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about $45 for a 1h 36m trip. Located 6 miles from the city center, Reading Mortimer is the busiest station in Reading. Another popular train station is Reading Theale, located 4 miles from the center.

Car

Another option to get to Reading is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 37 miles from Reading. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Reading, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Southampton, the bus ride to Reading takes 110 miles and will cost you around $14. From Bristol, the ticket costs about $6 for a journey of 130 miles. The most popular bus station is Reading Queen's Rd, located 0.7 miles from downtown Reading. Reading Calcott is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city center.

Airports near Reading

Airlines serving Reading

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (956 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,651 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,569 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (486 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,104 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,416 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,994 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,024 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (855 reviews)
LOT
Good (678 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (802 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,173 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (840 reviews)
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Where to stay in Reading

Average rates range from around $94 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $141 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Crescent Hotel and Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading.

Where to stay in popular areas of Reading

Most booked hotels in Reading

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
5 stars
Excellent (9.1, 410 reviews)
$889+
Hilton Reading
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, 2345 reviews)
$114+
The Elvetham Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, 2098 reviews)
$106+
The White Hart
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, 28 reviews)
$108+
pentahotel Reading
4 stars
Good (7.9, 5660 reviews)
$90+
ibis Reading Centre
3 stars
Good (7.8, 4555 reviews)
$70+

Renting a car in Reading

Renting a car in Reading costs $68 per day, on average, or $203 if you want to rent if for 3 days.

Expect to pay $7.12 per gallon in Reading (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $85.40 and $113.87. The most frequently booked car type in Reading is Intermediate (Nissan Qashqai or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Renault Clio or similar) are, on average, 72% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Reading costs $68 per day, on average, or $203 if you want to rent if for 3 days.

Expect to pay $7.12 per gallon in Reading (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $85.40 and $113.87. The most frequently booked car type in Reading is Intermediate (Nissan Qashqai or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Renault Clio or similar) are, on average, 72% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Car rental agencies in Reading

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