Duration 3h 50m
Distance 179.8 miles
Average price £170
Frequency Hourly

Trip overview

The average train between Chester and Reading takes 3h 50m and the fastest train takes 3h 1m. There is an hourly train service from Chester to Reading. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train via Birmingham

  1. Crewe
  2. Birmingham New Street
  3. Reading
3h 30m
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Chester to Reading train times

Trains run hourly between Chester and Reading. The earliest departure is at 04:59 in the morning, and the last departure from Chester is at 21:35 which arrives into Reading at 07:40. All services require a transfer, and take on average 3h 50m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

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No, there is no direct train from Chester to Reading. However, there are services departing from Chester and arriving at Reading via Crewe and Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 30m.

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The distance between Chester and Reading is 146 miles. The road distance is 179.8 miles.

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Chester to Reading train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Crewe station.

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Chester to Reading train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Reading station.

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What companies run services between Chester and Reading?

You can take a train from Chester to Reading via London Euston, Euston Station, Paddington Rail Station, and London Paddington in around 2h 49m.
Train operators
CrossCountry
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Crewe to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£85 - £130
Train from Birmingham New Street to Reading
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £160
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£50 - £65
Anytime Day 1st Class
£110 - £160

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