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Duration 4h 27m
Distance 227.5 miles
Average price £210
Frequency 13/day

Trip overview

The average train between Reading and Lancaster takes 4h 27m and the fastest train takes 3h 23m. There is a train service every few hours from Reading to Lancaster. 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. Reading
  2. Birmingham New Street
  3. Lancaster
4h 24m
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£98 - £317

Reading to Lancaster train times

Trains run hourly between Reading and Lancaster. The earliest departure is at 09:15 in the morning, and the last departure from Reading is at 21:42 which arrives into Lancaster at 08:07. All services require a transfer at Birmingham New Street and take an average of 4h 27m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frequently asked questions

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No, there is no direct train from Reading to Lancaster. However, there are services departing from Reading and arriving at Lancaster via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 24m.

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The distance between Reading and Lancaster is 196 miles. The road distance is 227.5 miles.

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Reading to Lancaster train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Reading station.

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Reading to Lancaster train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Lancaster station.

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What companies run services between Reading and Lancaster?

You can take a train from Reading to Lancaster via Birmingham New Street in around 4h 24m.
Train operators
CrossCountry
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£80 - £230
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Reading to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£80 - £230
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£80 - £100
Anytime Day 1st Class
£160 - £230
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£85 - £130

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