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There are 13 ways to get from Reading to Edinburgh by train, bus, car, plane or subway

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train LNER  •  6h 9m

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

$81 - $128

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Train to London Heathrow, fly  •  3h 51m

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

$65 - $236

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Train CrossCountry  •  7h 20m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Edinburgh

$160 - $240

Train CrossCountry #2  •  7h 53m

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

$184 - $390

Bus, train  •  9h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Aylesbury, Bus Station to Central station X60 / ...
  2. Take the train from Milton Keynes Central to Edinburgh

$208 - $331

Bus  •  10h 50m

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

$120 - $150

Drive  •  6h 44m

  1. Drive from Reading to Edinburgh 387.1 miles

$80 - $120

Train to London Gatwick, fly  •  4h 14m

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

$72 - $187

Train to Southampton, fly  •  3h 51m

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

$95 - $261

Train to London City, fly  •  4h 38m

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

$88 - $260

Train to Bristol, fly  •  4h 25m

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

$93 - $236

Train, subway to London Stansted, fly  •  5h 9m

  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

$70 - $180

Train, train to London Luton, fly  •  4h 57m

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

$74 - $195

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £55 - £150 and takes 4h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £50 - £190 and takes 3h 51m.

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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 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Reading and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 20m.

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The distance between Reading and Edinburgh is 326 miles. The road distance is 387.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 6h 9m and costs £60 - £100.

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It takes approximately 6h 9m 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 CrossCountry, depart from Reading station.

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The best way to get from Reading to Edinburgh is to train which takes 6h 9m and costs £60 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £95 - £120 and takes 10h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Reading to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 325.5 miles
  • Duration: 6h 9m

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 6h 9m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Reading to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost $120 - $150 and the journey takes 8h 50m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh via Manchester
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from London City to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $180
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$10 - $15
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $24
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $50
Train from Reading to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$25 - $40
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $80
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Reading to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $240
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$95 - $140
Anytime Single
$160 - $240
Off-Peak Single
$180 - $270
Train from Reading to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$50 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $70
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$75 - $120
Anytime Single
$130 - $200
Off-Peak Single
$140 - $210
Train from Reading to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $310
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$120 - $180
Anytime Day Single
$190 - $310
Train from Milton Keynes Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $320
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$120 - $190
Anytime Day Single
$200 - $320
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
29m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$6 - $10
Off-Peak Single
$13 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Single
$19 - $28
Bus operators
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Aylesbury, Bus Station to Central station
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
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 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $150
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 CrossCountry, 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, Flybe and British Airways offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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