There are 12 ways to get from Edinburgh to Reading by train, bus, car, plane or subway

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 LNER  •  4 h 58 min

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

$81 - $127

Cheapest option

Fly Edinburgh to London Stansted, Tube, train  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Stansted (STN) EDI - STN
  2. Take the Tube from Liverpool Street Underground Station to Lancaster Gate Underground Station
  3. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$71 - $180

10 alternative options

Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Haymarket to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Reading

$220 - $345

Train CrossCountry  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Reading

$160 - $240

Bus  •  10 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3 National Express

$139 - $166

Drive  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Reading 387.2 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Edinburgh to London Heathrow, train  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Heathrow (LHR) EDI - LHR
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$95 - $281

Fly Edinburgh to London City, Tube, train  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London City (LCY) EDI - LCY
  2. Take the Tube from Stratford Underground Station to Lancaster Gate Underground Station
  3. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$90 - $260

Fly Edinburgh to Southampton, train  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Southampton (SOU) EDI - SOU
  2. Take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Reading

$95 - $261

Fly Edinburgh to London Luton, train  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Luton (LTN) EDI - LTN
  2. Take the train from Luton Airport Parkway to West Hampstead Thameslink
  3. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$79 - $199

Fly Edinburgh to London Gatwick, train  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Gatwick (LGW) EDI - LGW
  2. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to Reading

$73 - $186

Train to Glasgow, fly to London Heathrow, train  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to London Heathrow (LHR) GLA - LHR
  3. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$134 - $332

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Reading is to fly and train which costs £55 - £150 and takes 4 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Reading is to fly and train which costs £70 - £220 and takes 3 h 50 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Reading is 326 miles. The road distance is 387.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Edinburgh to Reading, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Reading. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh 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 10 h 38 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Reading. Services depart four times a day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 58 min.

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What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Reading, England?

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Reading via London Kings Cross, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground, and London Paddington in around 4 h 58 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Edinburgh to Reading once daily. Tickets cost $120 - $150 and the journey takes 8 h 45 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Edinburgh to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Edinburgh to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $350
Flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Luton
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Luton via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from Edinburgh to London Gatwick via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from Edinburgh to London Gatwick via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to London City via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to Southampton via Manchester
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $180
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London City via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Edinburgh to Southampton via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Southampton via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Reading
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $19
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Train from Gatwick Airport to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $50
Virgin West Coast Trains
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$50 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $70
Train from Edinburgh to Reading
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$160 - $240
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$95 - $140
Anytime Single
$160 - $240
Off-Peak Single
$180 - $270
Train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Reading
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
London Underground (Tube)
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Contact Details
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Stratford Underground Station to Lancaster Gate Underground Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Liverpool Street Underground Station to Lancaster Gate Underground Station
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
tfl.gov.uk
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Luton Airport Parkway to West Hampstead Thameslink
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $18
Bus operators
National Express

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