There are 4 ways to get from Reading to Brighton 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 Great Western Railway  •  1 h 58 min

$43 - $87

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. X25
  2. National Express / ...

$34 - $39

2 alternative options

Train Southern  •  2 h 28 min

$44 - $68

Drive  •  1 h 28 min

  1. 81.4 miles

$17 - $26

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

You can take a train from Reading to Brighton via Gatwick Airport in around 1 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Brighton via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures and Heathrow Airport London in around 4 h 9 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 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
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Gatwick Airport to Brighton
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Clapham Junction to Brighton
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
RailAir
Website
railair.com
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
railair.com

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Questions & Answers

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

The cheapest way to get from Reading to Brighton is to drive which costs £13 - £19 and takes 1 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Reading to Brighton is to drive which takes 1 h 28 min and costs £13 - £19.

No, there is no direct train from Reading to Brighton. However, there are services departing from Reading and arriving at Brighton via Gatwick Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 58 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Reading to Brighton. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) and arriving at Brighton via Heathrow Airport London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 9 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 58 min to get from Reading to Brighton, including transfers.