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You're Going to Love Reading

With a population of 244,070, Reading is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

Where to Eat in Reading

If you’re looking for affordable options, CAU Reading (The Oracle Shopping Centre) and Côte Reading (9 The Riverside) are great picks.

When to visit Reading

Reading in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 119
1 night at 3-star hotel
Reading in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 119
1 night at 3-star hotel
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How to Get to Reading


Although Reading doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Oxford Kidlington (OXF), which is located 49 km from Reading. The shortest flight to Reading from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 7h.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Reading, followed by West Midlands Railway. The train journey from Reading to Bristol takes 1h 34m and costs around C$ 39 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Nottingham, expect to pay about C$ 33 for a 1h 38m trip. Located 0.4 miles from the city centre, Reading is the busiest station in Reading. Another popular train station is Reading Mortimer, located 6 miles from the centre.


Another option to get to Reading is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 59 km from Reading. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Reading, including National Express, FlixBus and Arriva. From Bristol, the bus ride to Reading takes 217 km and will cost you around C$ 14. From Nottingham, the ticket costs about C$ 14 for a journey of 338 km. The most popular bus station is Reading Queen's Rd, located 1.1 km from downtown Reading. Reading Calcott is also a commonly used station, and is 6 km from the city centre.

Airports near Reading

Airlines serving Reading

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
Good (509 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,262 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (309 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Brussels Airlines
Good (131 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,100 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Where to stay in Reading

Average rates range from around C$ 174 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 301 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Crescent Hotel and Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading.

Where to stay in popular areas of Reading

Most booked hotels in Reading

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 879+
Voco Reading
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 129+
The Elvetham Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 130+
ibis Reading Centre
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 103+
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley-on-Thames
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 196+
pentahotel Reading
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 117+
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Renting a car in Reading

Expect to pay C$ 2.44 per litre in Reading (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 29.18 and C$ 38.91.

Car rental agencies in Reading


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