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There are 3 ways to get from Harpenden to Reading by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Harpenden to London St Pancras International LL
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading

$34 - $56

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Bus, line 800 bus  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Harpenden, Old Cock Inn to Watford, Market Street
  2. Take the bus from Watford, High Street to High Wycombe, Bus Station
  3. Take the line 800 bus from High Wycombe, Bus Station to Reading Town Centre, Friar Street 800 / ...

Drive  •  59 min

  1. Drive from Harpenden to Reading 56.5 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Harpenden to Reading is to drive which costs £9 - £14 and takes 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Harpenden to Reading is to drive which costs £9 - £14 and takes 59 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Harpenden to Reading. However, there are services departing from Harpenden, Old Cock Inn and arriving at Reading Town Centre, Friar Street via Watford, High Street and High Wycombe, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 58 min.

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The distance between Harpenden and Reading is 36 miles. The road distance is 56.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Harpenden to Reading without a car is to train which takes 1 h 55 min and costs £25 - £45.

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It takes approximately 1 h 55 min to get from Harpenden to Reading, including transfers.

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Harpenden to Reading bus services, operated by Arriva UK, depart from Harpenden, Old Cock Inn station.

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The best way to get from Harpenden to Reading is to train which takes 1 h 55 min and costs £25 - £45. Alternatively, you can bus and line 800 bus, which costs and takes 4 h 58 min.

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Harpenden to Reading bus services, operated by Arriva UK, arrive at Reading Town Centre, Friar Street station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Harpenden to Reading is 56 miles. It takes approximately 59 min to drive from Harpenden to Reading.

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  • Distance: 36.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 55 min

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

You can take a train from Harpenden to Reading via London St Pancras International LL, King's Cross St. Pancras station, Paddington, and London Paddington in around 1 h 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Harpenden to Reading via Watford, Market Street, Watford, High Street, and High Wycombe, Bus Station in around 4 h 58 min.

Train operators
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Harpenden to London St Pancras International LL
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Reading
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $19
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Bus operators
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Harpenden, Old Cock Inn to Watford, Market Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from High Wycombe, Bus Station to Reading Town Centre, Friar Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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