Travelling to Reading
First CrossCountry train - 07:17
Last CrossCountry train - 23:16
Travelling from Oxford to Reading
Best known for its annual outdoor rock music event, Reading Festival is not the only thing that Reading has to offer its visitors. Superb shopping facilities, Michelin Star restaurants, family friendly museums and over eight hundred listed buildings and monuments, mean Reading will keep visitors of all ages busy and content.
Are there direct trains from Oxford to Reading?
Yes, CrossCountry trains can take you directly from Oxford to Reading in under 30 minutes.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Oxford to Reading?
CrossCountry trains ensure a relaxed and comfortable journey for customers travelling from Oxford to Reading, by providing a range of on-board facilities. Seating options, including group bookings are available and there’s always plenty of room for all your luggage. Charge points are abundant to keep your devices fully charged and our on-board at-seat service serves hot and cold snacks and a variety of drinks. You can always reserve a First Class seat, for an even better experience.
Does Reading 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 passengers can also use our accessible ticket machines.
How far is the city centre?
Located in the heart of the city centre, Reading station makes it quick and convenient to get out the station and into the action.
Does the station have family areas?
Various family-friendly amenities make travelling to and from Reading with your family as easy as can be. Baby changing areas are available, and you can chill out in one of the seating areas or waiting rooms. There are several cafes and restaurants for you to feed the whole family.
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Once you have arrived in Reading
Onward travel: Buses, Trains & Taxis
Reading station is one of the busiest rail hubs in Britain and therefore provides many transportation options for your onward journey. Bus stops can be found on both sides of the station, servicing Reading and its surrounding areas. Taxi ranks are located outside the city centre and Caversham exits. It’s also a perfect spot for onward travel to Gatwick or Heathrow, with various choices available.
Reading is often cited as one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations for excellent shopping. Just a short walk from Reading Station is The Oracle, a large shopping centre with over 80 stylish stores, offering all the shops you could want, alongside trendy eateries and a Vue cinema. Broad Street Mall is in the heart of Reading near the Hexagon theatre with great transport links and an abundance of shops. If you’re looking for something a little quirkier, the Harris Shopping Arcade has got everything from comic books, to tattoo parlours, authentic African clothing to real ale and cheese. It’s a must visit for anyone’s journey to Reading.
Arts, culture and heritage are what makes Reading so special and whether you want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or marvel at the changes between the old and new parts of the town, Reading will provide. Explore Reading’s history by taking a leisurely stroll through the medieval Abbey or wandering around the many galleries in town, or exhibitions at the town’s museum. If the outdoors is more your thing then Wellington Country Park is well worth a journey; set in 350 acres of parkland, the park is home to beautiful nature trails, lakeside walks and barbeque and picnic areas. Crazy golf, sandpits and a miniature railway will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Staying in Reading?
Before you catch a train from Oxford to Reading, read our handy Guide to Reading to help you to plan a memorable journey.