Reading Train Station
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|Ticket office information||
In ticket hall
|Ticket office opening hours||Monday to Friday: 06:15 to 22:00 Saturday: 06:15 to 22:00 Sunday: 07:15 to 22:00|
|Self service ticket machines|
|Collection of pre-purchased tickets|
|British Transport Police||0800 40 50 40|
|Rail Replacement Service||At the North side of the station|
|Reading station customer services||
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
|Lounge opening hours|
|Waiting room information||Waiting rooms open during station opening hours.|
Toilets are located on Station Platforms and in The Brunel Arcade building
|Pay phone||Cards and coins|
|Tourist information office|
|Bureau de change|
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 available|
|Staff help||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 information||
Accessible ticket machines are located at the station entrance by the ticket office and at the car park.
|Accessible ticket office counter|
|Accessible ticket office counter information||
Low-level accessible counter are located at the ticket office. All counters have hearing loop fitted.
|Ramp for train access|
Accessible taxi are available at the station entrance. please request staff assistance if you need to.
|Accessible public pay phones||
Accessible low-level Pay Phone is available at the station main concourse. Please request staff assistance if you need to.
|National key toilets|
|Step free access coverage||
platforms can be reached via lift and bridge, ticket office is step free.
|Impaired mobility set down|
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.
|Multi Storey Car Park|
|Operator||APCOA Parking (UK) Limited|
|Contact details||0345 165 2030|
|Bus services 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|
|Storage location||Front of station, underground short stay car park and long stay car park.|
|Taxi rank available|
|Taxi rank information||
Taxi rank is situated at the station entrance. Accessible taxi are available, please approach a member of staff for assistance.
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: www.railair.com/ or Tele: 0118 957 9498
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.
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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