Travelling to Basingstoke
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Travelling from Reading to Basingstoke
Whether you’re looking for adrenalin sports, relaxing meals, internationally acclaimed concerts, theatre or a visit to ‘Downton Abbey’, Basingstoke is the place for you. With beautiful countryside and a rich history, Basingstoke is a great place to explore inside and out. Perfect for family fun-filled days, romantic getaways or just to visit somewhere new – you too can discover Basingstoke with CrossCountry.
Are there direct trains from Reading to Basingstoke?
Yes, all our trains run a direct service from Reading to Basingstoke.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Reading to Basingstoke?
As you would expect from any CrossCountry service, our train from Reading to Basingstoke comes with a full range of amenities. These include a choice of seating, charging points for your electricals and plenty of luggage storage. Should you feel peckish on board, we have an at-seat service of light refreshments available. If you would like even more comfort, we recommend upgrading to a First Class ticket.
Does Basingstoke Station have step-free access?
Basingstoke has step free access throughout the whole station and is accessible to those with a wide range of mobility needs. There are also ramps for train access for those who require it and accessible ticket machines.
How far is the city centre?
Basingstoke Station is situated just a short walk from much of central Basingstoke, making it the perfect jumping off point for exploring the city.
Does the station have family areas?
The station has baby changing facilities as well as waiting rooms where families can spend time before their train departs.
For further information about Basingstoke Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Basingstoke
Onward travel: Buses in Basingstoke
Most local bus services in the borough are operated by Stagecoach in Hampshire. Stagecoach operates the Centre Shuffle service which links the Leisure Park with the town centre and railway station. The service runs until late at night, seven days a week and can help you travel around Hampshire. Taxis are available from outside the station if you prefer a more direct mode of transport.
Shopping in Basingstoke
Hampshire’s regional shopping destination can be found in the heart of Basingstoke town centre, just a 3-minute walk from Basingstoke Station. Festival Place is home to 165 stores, 28 restaurants, bars and cafés, a sports centre, library, multi-screen cinema and even a night club! Just a short walk away you’ll find other shopping attractions such as The Malls, another large shopping centre with all your high street favourites. Why not join the locals and get some tasty treats at Basingstoke market, where you will find stalls full of fresh, local produce? A wide range of traders offer everything from fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, meat, eggs, artisan baked goods and chutneys. If you’re not hungry you can also find rugs, carpets, clothes, phone accessories and more. The market runs from 9am to 4pm every Wednesday and Saturday.
Culture in Basingstoke
Basingstoke’s cultural offering is exquisite and offers visitors a diverse range of attractions and historic connections. The city’s history can be traced back to the Doomsday Book, with attractions including Tudor built Basing House and The Vyne. If you are a literary fan, you can visit the house of Britain’s most-loved writer, Jane Austen, just a few miles from Basingstoke. Jane Austen’s House Museum is in the location where Jane wrote her most famous novels and lived for 25 years. Events are a big part of life in Basingstoke from the Basingstoke Festival to ‘Basingstoke Live’, the UK’s biggest free music festival. Music theatre and comedy is hosted by the internationally renowned Anvil Arts, a world class concert and theatre venue. If the outdoors is more your cup of tea, then Basingstoke is surrounded by stunning countryside and hidden natural gems for you to explore, like the open hills of Watership Down to the historic Whitchurch Silk Mill.