There are 13 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

£64 - £426

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Bus  •  12h 5m

  1. Take the bus from London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh 809 / ...

£36 - £41

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Train via Coventry  •  6h 43m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Coventry
  2. Take the train from Coventry to Haymarket

£156 - £542

Train #2  •  6h 44m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Edinburgh

£180 - £430

Train via Birmingham  •  7h 14m

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

£183 - £597

Drive  •  6h 44m

  1. Drive from Reading to Edinburgh 387 miles

£65 - £100

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 48m

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

£52 - £195

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 32m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Edinburgh (EDI) LGW - EDI

£56 - £212

Train, subway to London City, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 14m

  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

£71 - £257

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 43m

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

£56 - £323

Train, subway to London Stansted, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the subway from Lancaster Gate station to Liverpool Street station
  3. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Edinburgh (EDI) STN - EDI

£65 - £199

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Glasgow, train  •  4h 50m

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

£69 - £322

Train to London City, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 11m

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

£93 - £364

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £35 - £45 and takes 12h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £50 - £200 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 London Heathrow Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Reading and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6h 44m.

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The distance between Reading and Edinburgh is 326 miles. The road distance is 387 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 - £430.

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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 London Heathrow Airport 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 - £430. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £35 - £45 and takes 12h 5m.

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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 London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost £15 - £20 and the journey takes 10h 5m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £240
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£180 - £750
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £240
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£85 - £400
Flights from London Heathrow to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £260
Flights from London Heathrow to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £490
Flights from London City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £400
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £250
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £250
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £220
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £220
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£180 - £750
Flights from London Heathrow to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £330
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 - £35
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£14 - £18
Anytime Day 1st Class
£25 - £35
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £25
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£11 - £14
Anytime Day 1st Class
£18 - £25
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£20 - £50
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£20 - £25
Anytime Day 1st Class
£35 - £50
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
£12 - £17
Website
TfL Rail
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
TfL Rail
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
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 Coventry
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£45 - £150
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£45 - £55
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £150
Train from Reading to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 44m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£180 - £430
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£180 - £220
Anytime Day 1st Class
£300 - £430
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 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£140 - £360
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£140 - £180
Anytime Day 1st Class
£250 - £360
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Coventry to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£110 - £400
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£110 - £160
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£300 - £400
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£130 - £440
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£130 - £170
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£330 - £440
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 10 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £3
Website
London Underground (Tube)
Subway from Lancaster Gate station to Liverpool Street station
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £3
Website
London Underground (Tube)
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 20 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 London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£15 - £20
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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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 44m to drive from Reading to Edinburgh.

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

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