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Reading Train Station


Reading Station
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Station overview

A ticket office is available. Ticket office
Baby changing facilities are available. Baby changing facilities
A ticket machine is available. Ticket machine
A waiting room is available. Waiting room
Wheelchairs are available. Wheelchairs
Wi-Fi is available. Wi-Fi
A phone box is available. Phone box
Toilets are available. Toilets
A post box is available. Post box
Facility Information
Ticket office opening hours Monday to Friday: 06:15 to 22:00 Saturday: 06:15 to 22:00 Sunday: 07:15 to 22:00

Please note: Reservations and tickets requiring reservations are sold at the following times only: Mon - Sat 08:00 - 20:00 and Sun 09:00 - 20:00

Self service ticket machines A ticket machine is available.
Collection of pre-purchased tickets Collection of pre-purchased tickets is available.
Get Oyster card here Oyster Pre-Pay not is available.
Top up Oyster pay as you go here Oyster top up is not available.
Use Oyster pay as you go here Oyster top up is not available.
Service Information
British Transport Police 0800 40 50 40
CCTV CCTV systems are available.
Rail Replacement Service

At the North side of the station

Information Systems Information systems are not available.
Service Information
Reading Station customer services

Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)

Left luggage Left luggage is not available.
Left luggage contact details


Lost property Lost property is not available at the station.
Lost property contact details


Telephone: 03457 000 125

Facility Information
Lounge A first class lounge is not available.
Lounge opening hours A first class lounge is not available.
Facility Information
Seating area A seating area is available.
Waiting rooms Waiting rooms are available.
Trolleys Trolleys are available.
Refreshment facilities Refreshment facilities are available.
Toilets Toilets are available.
Baby changing Baby changing facilities are available.
Pay phone Pay phones are available. Cards
Public Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is available.

Free Wi-Fi is available to passengers around the Station.

Post box A Post box is available.
Tourist information office A tourist information office is not available.
Cashpoint An ATM machine is available.
Bureau de change A bureau de change is not available.
Shops Shops are available.
Showers Showers are not available.
Facility Information
Helpline information

We want everyone to travel with confidence. That is why, if you are planning on travelling on national rail services, you can request an assistance booking in advance - now up to 2 hours before your journey is due to start, any time of the day. For more information about Passenger Assist and how to request an assistance booking via Passenger Assist, please click here.

Helpline contact details

If you wish to book assistance but are not sure which train operator you are travelling with, you can call 0800 022 3720. On calling, you will be referred to the appropriate train operator.


Customer help points Customer help points are available.
Staff help Staff help is available.

Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked assistance in advance.

Staff help opening times Monday to Friday:24 Hours a Day Saturday:24 Hours a Day Sunday:24 Hours a Day
Accessible ticket machines Accessible ticket machines are available.

Accessible ticket machines are located at the station entrance by the ticket office and at the car park.

Accessible ticket office counter An accessible ticket office counter is available.

Low-level accessible counter are located at the ticket office. All counters have hearing loop fitted.

Induction loop An induction loop is available.
Ramp for train access A ramp for train access is available.
Accessible taxis Accessible taxis are not available.
Accessible public pay phones Accessible public pay phones are not available.
National key toilets National key toilets are available.
Step free access coverage Whole Station

platforms can be reached via lift and bridge, ticket office is step free.

Impaired mobility set down Impaired mobility set down Machine is available.
Disabled parking

Set- Down / Pick up Points are available at the station entrance by the Rail air link lounge. Assisted travel meeting point - Customer Help desk main concourse. Please notify a member of staff.

Wheelchairs Wheelchairs are available.
Ticket gates Ticket gates are present.
Contact details
Multi Storey Car Park
Operator APCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Spaces 1387
Opening times
  • Monday to Friday:24 Hours a Day
  • Saturday:24 Hours a Day
  • Sunday:24 Hours a Day
Contact details 0345 165 2030
Bus services available Bus services are available.
Bus services information

Buses can be found on near by streets. Information to plan your onward journey is available in a printable format here.

Not all buses are accessible

Cycle storage available Cycle storage is available.
Storage type Stands
Spaces 344
Sheltered Yes
Storage location

Front of station, underground short stay car park and long stay car park.

Transport Information
Taxi rank available

Taxi ranks are situated at both station entrances. Accessible taxis are available, please approach a member of staff for assistance.

Airport available Airport information is available.

For Heathrow Airport, change at Reading onto the frequent 'RailAir' luxury coach service. Runs every 20 minutes Monday to Friday daytimes; every 30 minutes Saturday & Sunday. For timetables and fares visit: or Tele: 0118 957 9498

A regular train service to Gatwick airport is also available at the station.

Port available Port information is not available.

Originally built in 1840 as a stop along the London to Bristol route, recent expansion has seen Reading Station become to second-largest interchange outside of London. Around 20 million passengers use the station daily, so modern facilities have been built to keep up with demand. An internationally renowned music festival and its proximity to London make it one of the more favoured train stations in the UK.

CrossCountry serves some of the most popular routes in and out of Reading, including Reading to ManchesterReading to Birmingham, and Manchester to Reading.

Things to do in Reading

There’s no doubt Reading is best known for its eponymous music festival, but this large town has so much more to offer than just rock bands and smelly tents. With a bustling scene of museums, shopping, arts, culture and more, you’ll find no shortage of things to do when you visit.

Look no further than Reading Museum for your dose of local history. It contains artefacts and objects that tell the tale of the town’s past, as well as an extensive collection of archaeological finds from Roman Silchester. Sports fans will likely want to visit the Madejski Stadium – home to football’s Reading FC and rugby union’s London Irish. And you can’t talk about Reading’s culture and not mention Reading Festival – the celebration of an eclectic range of music genres has been running since 1955.

Its compact nature means Reading is an easy town to shop in. Two shopping centres are within walking distance of each other, so you can quickly shift from the high-end Oracle to the high-street favourites of Broad Street Mall. Harris Arcade is the best place to find quirky boutiques and independent stores, while Reading Collector’s Centre is home to an array of vintage and antique shops.

Reading is a multi-cultural town – something that’s reflected in its culinary scene. A diverse range of cultures is represented at CHOW Friday Street Food market, with 20 stalls serving food from all over the world. Sushimania serves up sumptuous sushi, while you can head to Bluegrass BBQ for an American dining experience. If you’re interested in local cuisine, Blue Collar Street Food uses only local ingredients, so you can have a real taste of Reading.


How to get to Reading Festival by train?

Reading festival is just a 15–20-minute walk from Reading Station. There are many routes to and from the station, including London Paddington, Birmingham, and Manchester. The station is usually incredibly busy before and after the festival.

How far is Reading Train station from The Oracle?

The Oracle is just a five-minute walk from Reading Station. It’s a direct walk along Blagrave Street.

Does Reading train station have ticket barriers?

The station does have ticket barriers, so make sure you purchase your ticket before you make your way to the platform.

What’s at Reading train station?

As a major transport hub, Reading Station has plenty of modern facilities. You’ll find restaurants, fast food, cafes, shops, toilets and more. You can find more information about what’s at Reading Station above.

Where is Reading train station?

Reading Station is in the town centre, just a short walk from Broad Street Mall, The Oracle, and all the popular bars and restaurants.

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