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There are 3 ways to get from Reading to Wales by train, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to Cardiff Central

$55 - $110

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Rideshare  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Reading to Cardiff 110.7 miles


1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Reading to Cardiff 111.2 miles

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Wales is to rideshare which costs £12 and takes 2 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Wales is to train which costs £45 - £85 and takes 1 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Reading and arriving at Cardiff Central. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 33 min.

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The distance between Reading and Wales is 132 miles. The road distance is 111.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Wales without a car is to train which takes 1 h 33 min and costs £45 - £85.

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The train from Reading to Cardiff Central takes 1 h 33 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Reading to Wales train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Reading station.

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Reading to Wales train services, operated by Great Western Railway, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reading to Wales is 111 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 56 min to drive from Reading to Wales.

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  • Distance: 132.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 33 min

What companies run services between Reading, England and Wales?

Great Western Railway operates a train from Reading to Cardiff hourly. Tickets cost $55 - $110 and the journey takes 1 h 33 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Train from Reading to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
Other operators

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Rideshare from Reading to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Once daily
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There are 231+ hotels available in Wales. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Reading and Wales. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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