There are 4 ways to get from Reading to Essex 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  •  2 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to White Notley

$41 - $66

Cheapest option

Train via Stratford Underground Station  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to White Notley

$36 - $54

2 alternative options

Bus, line 133 bus  •  4 h 21 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 London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3 to London Stansted Airport 727
  3. Take the line 133 bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk) 133

$37 - $49

Drive  •  1 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Reading to Essex 103 miles

$22 - $35

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Reading to Essex is to drive which costs £16 - £25 and takes 1 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Essex is to drive which costs £16 - £25 and takes 1 h 45 min.

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The distance between Reading and Essex is 72 miles. The road distance is 103 miles.

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It takes approximately 2 h 28 min to get from Reading to Essex, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading station to Essex. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) and arriving at Black Notley, Brain Valley Avenue via London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3, Stansted Airport, Coach Station and Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 21 min.

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

You can take a train from Reading to Essex via London Paddington, Lancaster Gate Underground Station, Liverpool Street Underground Station, and London Liverpool Street in around 2 h 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Essex via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures, London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3, London Stansted Airport, Stansted Airport, Coach Station, and Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk) in around 4 h 21 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to White Notley
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to White Notley
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
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
National Express
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk)
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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