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There are 6 ways to get from Reading to Waterloo Station by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train Great Western Railway  •  1h 17m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington

$21 - $38

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn Ra1
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Charing Cross, Trafalgar SquareCharing Cross N9

$3

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Train South Western Railway  •  1h 27m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Waterloo

$16 - $25

Rideshare  •  1h 24m

  1. Take the rideshare from Reading to London 40.9 miles

$3 - $12

Taxi  •  54m

  1. Take a taxi from Reading to Waterloo Station 42.1 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  54m

  1. Drive from Reading to Waterloo Station 42.1 miles

$9 - $14

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Waterloo Station is to bus which costs £2 and takes 2h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Waterloo Station is to taxi which costs £110 - £140 and takes 54m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading to Waterloo Station. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir and arriving at Charing Cross, Trafalgar SquareCharing Cross via Heathrow Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 36m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Reading and arriving at London Waterloo. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 20m.

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The distance between Reading and Waterloo Station is 37 miles. The road distance is 42.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Waterloo Station without a car is to train which takes 1h 17m and costs £16 - £30.

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It takes approximately 1h 17m to get from Reading to Waterloo Station, including transfers.

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Reading to Waterloo Station bus services, operated by RailAir, depart from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir station.

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Reading to Waterloo Station train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Reading station.

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The best way to get from Reading to Waterloo Station is to train which takes 1h 17m and costs £16 - £30. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £2 and takes 2h 36m.

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Map of how to get from Reading to Waterloo Station.
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  • Distance: 37.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 17m

What companies run services between Reading, England and Waterloo Station, England?

Great Western Railway operates a train from Reading to Waterloo Station every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $19 - $35 and the journey takes 57m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Waterloo Station via Heathrow Central Bus Station and Charing Cross, Trafalgar SquareCharing Cross in around 2h 36m.

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
Bus operators
RailAir
Phone
01189579425
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Central Bus Stn
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Schedules at
firstgroup.com
London Buses
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Charing Cross, Trafalgar SquareCharing Cross
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Website
Transport for London
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

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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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Reading to London
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Reading to Waterloo Station
Ave. Duration
54m
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Latchmans
Phone
+44 118 958 8888
Website
latchmans.com
Capital Cars
Phone
+44 118 950 9509
Website
capitalcarsreading.co.uk

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Reading to Waterloo Station bus services, operated by London Buses, arrive at Charing Cross, Trafalgar SquareCharing Cross station.

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Reading to Waterloo Station train services, operated by South Western Railway, arrive at London Waterloo station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reading to Waterloo Station is 42 miles. It takes approximately 54m to drive from Reading to Waterloo Station.

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There are 9091+ hotels available in Waterloo Station. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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

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