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

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Recommended option

Train Great Western Railway  •  2 h

  1. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  2. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to Brighton

$42 - $86

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures Ra1
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Brighton, Preston Circus National Express / ...

$34 - $39

2 alternative options

Train Southern  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to Clapham Junction
  2. Take the train from Clapham Junction to Brighton

$44 - $68

Drive  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Reading to Brighton 81.4 miles

$17 - $26

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Brighton is to drive which costs £13 - £20 and takes 1 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Brighton is to drive which costs £13 - £20 and takes 1 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading station to Brighton. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) and arriving at Brighton, Preston Circus via Heathrow Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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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 2 h.

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The distance between Reading and Brighton is 57 miles. The road distance is 81.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Brighton without a car is to train which takes 2 h and costs £30 - £65.

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It takes approximately 2 h to get from Reading to Brighton, including transfers.

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Reading to Brighton bus services, operated by RailAir, arrive at Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir).

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Map of how to get from Reading to Brighton.
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  • Distance: 56.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h

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

You can take a train from Reading to Brighton via Gatwick Airport in around 2 h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Brighton via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures and Heathrow Central Bus Station in around 4 h 10 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
$28 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $55
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Gatwick Airport to Brighton
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
4 times a week
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
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11
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 Central Bus Station to Brighton, Preston Circus
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com

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