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

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Train  •  3 h

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

$41 - $65

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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 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn (Rail-Air) Ra1
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Stansted Airport London 727
  3. Take the line 133 bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk) 133

$38 - $45

Drive  •  1 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Reading to Essex 103 miles

$22 - $35

Questions & Answers

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 Cressing, Polecat Road (Hawbush Green) via Heathrow Airport London T2,3, Stansted Airport, Coach Station and Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 48 min.

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

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The best way to get from Reading to Essex without a car is to train which takes 3 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h to get from Reading to Essex, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Reading to Essex is to train which takes 3 h and costs . Alternatively, you can bus and line 133 bus, which costs and takes 4 h 48 min.

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Reading to Essex bus services, operated by Arriva UK, arrive at Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk) station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reading to Essex is 103 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 45 min to drive from Reading to Essex.

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There are 204+ hotels available in Essex. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Reading to Essex.
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  • Distance: 72 miles
  • Duration: 3 h

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 3 h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Essex via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn (Rail-Air), Heathrow Airport London T2,3, Stansted Airport London, Stansted Airport, Coach Station, and Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park (Braint Bus Pk) in around 4 h 48 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $19
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 Central Bus Stn (Rail-Air)
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 10 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 Airport London T2,3 to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $24
Website
nationalexpress.com
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 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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