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There are 11 ways to get from Reading to Edinburgh by train, bus, car, plane or subway

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Train  •  5h 29m

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

£61 - £420

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Bus  •  10h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Edinburgh National Express

£16 - £22

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Train via Birmingham  •  6h 33m

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

£163 - £537

Train via Manchester  •  7h 17m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh

£149 - £323

Drive  •  6h 43m

  1. Drive from Reading to Edinburgh 386.6 miles

£55 - £85

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 53m

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

£44 - £198

Train to Southampton, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 48m

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

£97 - £509

Train to Bristol, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 22m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Edinburgh (EDI) BRS - EDI

£63 - £260

Train, subway to London City, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 9m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the subway from Lancaster Gate station to Bank station
  3. Fly from London City (LCY) to Edinburgh (EDI) LCY - EDI

£58 - £501

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Edinburgh (EDI) LTN - EDI

£59 - £366

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Glasgow, train  •  4h 57m

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

£60 - £295

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £16 - £22 and takes 10h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £95 - £550 and takes 3h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir and arriving at Edinburgh via Heathrow Airport London T2,3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 32m.

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No, there is no direct train from Reading to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Reading and arriving at Edinburgh via Paddington and London Kings Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 29m.

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The distance between Reading and Edinburgh is 326 miles. The road distance is 386.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 5h 29m and costs £60 - £420.

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It takes approximately 5h 29m to get from Reading to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Reading to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 station.

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Reading to Edinburgh train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Reading station.

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The best way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to train which takes 5h 29m and costs £60 - £420. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £22 and takes 10h 32m.

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Map of how to get from Reading to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 325.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 29m

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

You can take a train from Reading to Edinburgh via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London Kings Cross in around 5h 29m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost £13 - £17 and the journey takes 8h 30m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £180
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£45 - £210
Flights from London Heathrow to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £190
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £140
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £180
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£30 - £180
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
£120 - £420
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £270
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£14 - £18
Anytime Day 1st Class
£25 - £35
Train from Reading to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £40
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£50 - £70
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£18 - £28
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£8 - £22
Off-Peak Single
£14 - £21
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£18 - £28
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£16 - £24
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £20
Off-Peak Single
£12 - £18
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£16 - £24
TfL Rail
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£9 - £13
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
£9 - £13
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
£16 - £27
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £390
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single
£170 - £240
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£270 - £390
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Reading to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £160
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£50 - £65
Anytime Day 1st Class
£110 - £160
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£120 - £320
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£120 - £160
Anytime Day 1st Class
£220 - £320
Train from Reading to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£80 - £230
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£80 - £100
Anytime Day 1st Class
£160 - £230
Train from Reading to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£65 - £100
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£25 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £100
London Underground (Tube)

Comprised of 11 lines and 270 stations, the London Underground (known to locals as the Tube) is the most popular way to navigate the English capital, including to/from Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line. Purchase an Oyster card (an electronic smartcard that you use to touch on and off at Tube stations) at any station for the cheapest fares. Most stations have WiFi, but not all trains and stations are air-conditioned. On weekends, a 24-hour service runs on selected lines.

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Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Lancaster Gate station to Bank station
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £3
Website
London Underground (Tube)
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£14 - £17
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Bus operators
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 Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £17
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Reading to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Reading to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reading to Edinburgh is 387 miles. It takes approximately 6h 43m to drive from Reading to Edinburgh.

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Loganair and British Airways offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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