Travelling to Reading
First CrossCountry train - 05:43
Last CrossCountry train - 16:41
Travelling from Leeds to Reading
Reading is a great city to visit, whether you’re going for the first time or you travel regularly, there’s always something new to explore. Best known for its rock festival in the summer, there’s plenty to see in Reading throughout the year, from an excellent museum to great shopping opportunities. With so much to see and do, the only question is where to start.
Are there direct trains from Leeds to Reading?
No, we recommend changing at Sheffield when travelling from Leeds to Reading.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Leeds to Reading?
When travelling with CrossCountry you are guaranteed an excellent level of service; you can expect a variety of seating options, electric sockets for charging devices as standard, and dedicated luggage storage space. For the next level of comfort, why not consider upgrading to First Class?
Does Reading station have step-free access?
The entire station has step-free access, with accessible ticket machines, booking counters and wheelchairs available to use should you require one.
How far is the city centre?
Reading Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Does the station have family areas?
Visitors travelling with children will find spacious waiting rooms, dedicated baby changing areas and refreshment facilities.
For further information about Reading Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Leicester
Onward travel: Buses & Taxis
There are regular bus services that take passengers from the station into the city and beyond. The city is part of the PlusBus scheme, that gives passengers unlimited travel on services in a set area if the ticket is purchased at the same time as a rail ticket. There is also a taxi rank adjacent to the station for those who prefer to travel onward by cab.
Shopping in Reading
Reading has a variety of great options when it comes to shopping. The Oracle in the city centre is a bright modern shopping centre with many shops, including department stores, so you’re sure to find some of your favourite brands here. The building also houses an amazing selection of riverside restaurants giving you the chance to enjoy a bite to eat with views over the river Kennet. The town centre is compact, meaning that you will be able to enjoy all the independent shops and household name brands.
Culture in Reading
Although the city is best known for its summer music festival, there is also a fringe festival in July, a children’s festival in May and more exciting events happening throughout the year. As you would expect, there’s a great deal of music happening throughout the city whatever time of year it is. However, the city also prides itself on its amazing history, which can be seen at the beautiful architecture, the charming Reading Abbey, and the fascinating Reading Prison, where Oscar Wilde was held in the nineteenth century.
Spending time in Reading?
If you want to spend the day, a long weekend or a week or more in Reading, check out our Guide to Reading so you can plan the perfect trip.