Travelling to Reading
First CrossCountry train - 05:49
Last CrossCountry train - 20:49
Travelling from Basingstoke to Reading
A cultural place, business space and living base; Reading’s got it all. And that’s not even mentioning Reading Festival, the UK’s number one music festival! Home to two beautiful rivers and over 800 listed buildings and monuments, there’s lots to appreciate in Reading. Whether you want to marvel at the changes between the old and new parts of town, eat at a Michelin Star restaurant, visit a museum or shop till you drop - Reading is the place for you.
Are there direct trains from Basingstoke to Reading?
Yes, CrossCountry trains can take you directly from Basingstoke to Reading in approximately 20 minutes.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Basingstoke to Reading?
You will travel comfortably from Basingstoke to Reading with CrossCountry. A choice of seating is available, charge points are available for your electricals and a decent amount of luggage space is on-hand. If you want to treat yourself to further comfort, why not upgrade to a First Class ticket?
Does Reading Station have step-free access?
Yes, the whole of Reading Station is fully accessible to people with a range of mobility needs. Anyone requiring specialist assistance to and from the platforms can pre-arrange this service and accessible ticket machines are also available.
How far is the city centre?
Reading Station is located in the centre of the city, making it quick and convenient to get out of the station and into the action.
Does the station have family areas?
Families travelling through Reading Station will find baby changing facilities and waiting rooms, where you can spend time before your train. There are also cafés and restaurants should you need to grab a bite to eat prior to boarding.
For more information about Reading Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Reading
Onward travel: Buses, Trains & Taxis
As one of the busiest rail hubs in Britain, Reading Station provides many transportation options for an onward journey. Buses servicing Reading and its surrounding area can be found on either side of the station. You can hail a taxi from the rank should you prefer a more direct route.
Reading is a high-quality shopping destination which is often cited as one of the UK’s top retail destinations. From quirky boutiques to high end jewellers, independent stores alongside major high street brands and two big shopping centres, Reading really is a premier shopping destination. And what makes it even better, is with everything being in the town centre, it’s is within a short walking distance. Reading’s biggest shopping street is pedestrianised and only 500 metres from Reading Station; providing you with all the major brands and high street chains nearby. The Oracle is Reading’s largest shopping centre and boasts over 80 stylish stores, alongside tasty eateries and a Vue cinema. For something a little different, the Harris Shopping Arcade is home to quirky independents and it’s easy to spend hours browsing the unique.
Reading is most well-known for its annual summer music festival but the city also hosts a fringe festival in July, a children’s festival in May and loads more exciting events. Go back to Victorian times with a walk through Forbury Gardens, a beautiful park that was recently restored to its former glory. From Forbury Gardens, you will easily find the charming Medieval Abbey, a historic and romantic place where you can appreciate the architecture while taking a relaxed stroll. History buffs will also enjoy a tour of Reading Prison, where Oscar Wilde was held in the 19th century.
Staying in Reading?
Before you catch a train from Basingstoke to Reading, read our handy Guide to Reading to help you plan a memorable trip.