There are 4 ways to get from Brighton to Reading by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 14 min

$44 - $88

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 4 min

  1. National Express / ...

$21 - $38

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  3 h 19 min

  1. 271 / ...

$42 - $69

Drive  •  1 h 26 min

  1. 80.9 miles

$17 - $26

What companies run services between Brighton, England and Reading, England?

You can take a train from Brighton to Reading via Gatwick Airport in around 2 h 14 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Brighton to Reading hourly. Tickets cost $9 - $14 and the journey takes 1 h 50 min.

Train operators
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Brighton to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Haywards Heath to Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Gatwick Airport to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $27
Advanced Single
$19 - $27
Anytime Day Single
$29 - $55
Bus operators
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Brighton, St Peter's Church (Trafalgar Street) to Haywards Heath, Perrymount Road (Sydney Road)
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Compass Travel
Phone
01903 690025
Email
office@compass-travel.co.uk
Website
compass-travel.co.uk
Bus from Brighton, St Peter's Church to Haywards Heath, Perrymount Road (Sydney Road)
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
compass-travel.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Brighton and Reading is 91 km. The road distance is 130 km.

The cheapest way to get from Brighton to Reading is to drive which costs £12 - £19 and takes 1 h 26 min.

The quickest way to get from Brighton to Reading is to drive which takes 1 h 26 min and costs £12 - £19.

No, there is no direct train from Brighton to Reading. However, there are services departing from Brighton and arriving at Reading via Gatwick Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 14 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 14 min to get from Brighton to Reading, including transfers.