There are 6 ways to get from St Albans to Reading by train, bus, taxi or car

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Recommended option

Train  •  1 h 1 min

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

$33 - $56

Cheapest option

Bus, line 800 bus  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Watford, High Street to High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre) 103|Chiltern Hundreds / ...
  2. Take the line 800 bus from High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre) to Reading Town Centre, Friar Street (adj Cross Street) 800 / ...

$20 - $25

4 alternative options

Line 724 bus, train  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Take the line 724 bus from St Albans City Railway Station to Uxbridge, York Road (UB8) 724
  2. Take the train from West Drayton to Reading

$23 - $33

Bus  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from St Albans, St Peter's Street to Heathrow Central Bus Station 724
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Three Mile Cross, Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride 200 / ...

$21 - $24

Taxi  •  51 min

  1. Take a taxi from St Albans to Reading 48.5 miles

$220 - $270

Drive  •  51 min

  1. Drive from St Albans to Reading 48.5 miles

$10 - $15

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The cheapest way to get from St Albans to Reading is to drive which costs £7 - £12 and takes 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from St Albans to Reading is to taxi which costs £170 - £210 and takes 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from St Albans to Reading. However, there are services departing from St Albans, St Peter's Street and arriving at Reading Town Centre, St Marys Butts (adj Savers) via Heathrow Central Bus Station and Three Mile Cross, Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 21 min.

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The distance between St Albans and Reading is 34 miles. The road distance is 48.5 miles.

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The best way to get from St Albans to Reading without a car is to train which takes 1 h 1 min and costs £24 - £45.

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

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St Albans to Reading bus services, operated by Green Line (operated by Arriva), depart from St Albans, St Peter's Street station.

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The best way to get from St Albans to Reading is to train which takes 1 h 1 min and costs £24 - £45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £19 and takes 3 h 21 min.

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St Albans to Reading bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Three Mile Cross, Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride station.

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Yes, the driving distance between St Albans to Reading is 49 miles. It takes approximately 51 min to drive from St Albans to Reading.

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Map of how to get from St Albans to Reading.
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  • Distance: 34.3 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 1 min

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

You can take a train from St Albans to Reading via West Hampstead Thameslink, West Hampstead Underground Station, Baker Street Underground Station, Paddington Underground Station, and London Paddington in around 1 h 1 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from St Albans to Reading via Heathrow Central Bus Station and Three Mile Cross, Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride in around 3 h 21 min.

Train operators
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from St Albans City to West Hampstead Thameslink
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Reading
Ave. Duration
26 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
Train from West Drayton to Reading
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$9 - $15
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $22
Bus operators
Green Line (operated by Arriva)
Phone
0344 801 7261
Email
greenline.customerservices@googlemail.com
Website
greenline.co.uk
Bus from St Albans City Railway Station to Uxbridge, York Road (UB8)
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
Green Line
Book at
Green Line (Arriva)
Bus from St Albans, St Peter's Street to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
Green Line
Book at
Green Line (Arriva)
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 Central Bus Station to Three Mile Cross, Mereoak Lane - Park & Ride
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Carousel Buses
Phone
01494 450151
Email
info@carouselbuses.co.uk
Website
carouselbuses.co.uk
Bus from Watford, High Street to High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre)
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
Carousel Buses
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from High Wycombe, Bus Station (Shopping Centre) to Reading Town Centre, Friar Street (adj Cross Street)
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Other operators
Taxi from St Albans to Reading
Ave. Duration
51 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Britannia Cars
Phone
+44 1582 422222
A1 24 Hour Taxis Luton
Phone
+44 1582 242424
FiveTwos Luton Cars
Phone
+44 1582 722222

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