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There are 5 ways to get from Reading to Bedford by train, subway, bus or car

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Train  •  2 h 4 min

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

$33 - $73

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Bus National Express  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn Ra1
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14 National Express / ...

$16 - $20

3 alternative options

Train, subway  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the subway from Paddington station to Farringdon station
  3. Take the train from Farringdon to Bedford

$45 - $74

Bus via Gloucester Green Bus Station  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Station Road to Oxford City Centre, Westgate X40 - river rapids / ...
  2. Take the bus from Gloucester Green Bus Station to Bedford, Bus Station X5

Drive  •  1 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Reading to Bedford 79.2 miles

$17 - $25

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Bedford is to bus which costs £12 - £15 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Bedford is to drive which costs £13 - £19 and takes 1 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading to Bedford station. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir and arriving at Bedford, Bus Station via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Brook Furlong, Milton Keynes Coachway. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 31 min.

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The distance between Reading and Bedford is 52 miles. The road distance is 79.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Bedford without a car is to train which takes 2 h 4 min and costs £25 - £60.

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It takes approximately 2 h 4 min to get from Reading to Bedford, including transfers.

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Reading to Bedford bus services, operated by RailAir, depart from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir station.

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The best way to get from Reading to Bedford is to train which takes 2 h 4 min and costs £25 - £60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £12 - £15 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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Reading to Bedford bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14 station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reading to Bedford is 79 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 20 min to drive from Reading to Bedford.

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Map of how to get from Reading to Bedford.
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  • Distance: 51.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 4 min

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

You can take a train from Reading to Bedford via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London St Pancras International in around 2 h 4 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Bedford via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn, Heathrow Airport London T2,3, Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14, and Brook Furlong, Milton Keynes Coachway in around 3 h 31 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
57 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
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Bedford
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$11 - $17
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Bedford
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Farringdon to Bedford
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Bus operators
RailAir
Website
railair.com
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Schedules at
railair.com
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Thames Travel
Website
thames-travel.co.uk
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Station Road to Oxford City Centre, Westgate
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Website
thames-travel.co.uk
Stagecoach in Bedford
Phone
+44 1234 220030
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Gloucester Green Bus Station to Bedford, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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