There are 5 ways to get from Reading to St Albans by train, bus, taxi 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  •  1 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from West Hampstead Thameslink to St Albans City

$32 - $85

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures X25
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to St Albans, Abbey 724

$20

3 alternative options

Bus, line 602 bus  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Friar Street (adj Cross Street) to High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre) 800 / ...
  2. Take the bus from High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre) to Watford, Beechen Grove 103 / ...
  3. Take the line 602 bus from Watford, Beechen Grove to St Albans, Lattimore Road 602

$21 - $26

Taxi  •  50 min

  1. Take a taxi from Reading to St Albans 47.9 miles

$220 - $270

Drive  •  50 min

  1. Drive from Reading to St Albans 47.9 miles

$10 - $15

What companies run services between Reading, England and St Albans, England?

You can take a train from Reading to St Albans via London Paddington, Paddington Underground Station, Baker Street Underground Station, West Hampstead Underground Station, and West Hampstead Thameslink in around 1 h 9 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to St Albans via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures and Heathrow Central Bus Station in around 2 h 35 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
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from West Hampstead Thameslink to St Albans City
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
CrossCountry
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
Green Line (operated by Arriva)
Phone
0344 801 7261
Email
greenline.customerservices@googlemail.com
Website
greenline.co.uk
Bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to St Albans, Abbey
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
Green Line
Book at
Green Line (Arriva)
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Friar Street (adj Cross Street) to High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre)
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Watford, Beechen Grove to St Albans, Lattimore Road
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Carousel Buses
Phone
01494 450151
Email
info@carouselbuses.co.uk
Website
carouselbuses.co.uk
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Friar Street (adj Cross Street) to High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre)
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
Carousel Buses
Bus from High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre) to Watford, Beechen Grove
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
Carousel Buses
Other operators
Taxi from Reading to St Albans
Ave. Duration
50 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Capital Cars
Phone
+44 118 950 9509
Website
capitalcarsreading.co.uk
Latchmans
Phone
+44 118 958 8888
Website
latchmans.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Reading and St Albans is 55 km. The road distance is 77 km.

The cheapest way to get from Reading to St Albans is to drive which costs £7 - £12 and takes 50 min.

The quickest way to get from Reading to St Albans is to taxi which takes 50 min and costs £160 - £200.

No, there is no direct bus from Reading to St Albans. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) and arriving at St Albans, Abbey via Heathrow Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 9 min to get from Reading to St Albans, including transfers.