This major station, managed by Network Rail, was the ninth busiest outside of London prior to Covid-19.
The very first station on this site was opened by the original Great Western Railway on 30 March 1840 – with only one platform! Reading has seen many changes since then. In 1989 the station was upgraded with the addition of a new concourse and small shopping arcade. The current station was officially opened on 17 July 2014 after a major rebuilding programme that included alterations to the layout of the lines.
Berkshire’s dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically recaptured at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading.
2 minutes walk from the station, this popular public park is an oasis of peace and tranquillity
This museum near the station houses wonderful historic and artistic objects both local and global. Highlights
Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading Part of the University’s School of Biological Sciences
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, established in 1922 by Percy Ure, is part of the University’s Department of Classics.
This large indoor shopping and leisure mall on the banks of the River Kennet, 9 min walk through town from the station.
The 87-mile long canal and navigation starts at Reading at the junction with the River Thames near Blakes Lock and runs through the centre of the town
Abbey Quarter encompassed Forbury Gardens and Reading Museum, but its focus is Reading Abbey.
Anything but dusty, this museum has fabulous displays of rural bygones. There are photographs, films, objects and artefacts.
This small museum gives an insight into the history of the Kennet and Avon canal and River Thames in the town.
Approximately 7 minutes from Reading station is Reading Bridge and the footpath alongside the River Thames.
Home to Reading Football Club, it is just over 1 mile from the new Reading Green Park station (not open yet).
From remote, rolling downland to picture postcard villages the North Wessex Downs are truly special.
Station Ticket Office Hours
Monday – Friday 05:15 – 22:45
Saturday 05:30 – 22:45
Sunday 07:15 – 22:45
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
Train Station Information
Car Parking: 1275 spaces
Cycle Parking: 344 spaces
Taxis: Taxi rank is situated at the station entrance.
Tel: 03457 000 125
Travel Assistance: 0800 197 1329
For train times text Reading to 84950