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

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Train Great Northern  •  1 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$44 - $71

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Bus  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Cambridge Parkside to Heathrow Airport London T2,3 National Express / ...

$41 - $49

2 alternative options

Train Greater Anglia  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Reading

$44 - $63

Drive  •  1 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Cambridge to Reading 91.1 miles

$19 - $29

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The cheapest way to get from Cambridge to Reading is to drive which costs £15 - £22 and takes 1 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cambridge to Reading is to train which costs £30 - £55 and takes 1 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cambridge to Reading. However, there are services departing from Cambridge Parkside and arriving at Reading Town Centre, St Marys Butts (adj Savers) via Heathrow Central Bus Station and Three Mile Cross, Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 16 min.

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The distance between Cambridge and Reading is 70 miles. The road distance is 91.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Reading without a car is to train which takes 1 h 36 min and costs £30 - £55.

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It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to get from Cambridge to Reading, including transfers.

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Cambridge to Reading bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cambridge Parkside station.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Reading is to train which takes 1 h 36 min and costs £30 - £55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £40 and takes 4 h 16 min.

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Cambridge to Reading bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Heathrow Airport London T2,3 station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cambridge to Reading is 91 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 38 min to drive from Cambridge to Reading.

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Map of how to get from Cambridge to Reading.
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  • Distance: 69.7 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 36 min

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

You can take a train from Cambridge to Reading via London Kings Cross, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground, and London Paddington in around 1 h 36 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Cambridge to Reading hourly. Tickets cost $29 - $35 and the journey takes 2 h 25 min.

Train operators
Great Northern
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
greatnorthernrail.com
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Reading
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cambridge Parkside to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.com

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