Reading travel guide

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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. We recommend you stay at least 4 days in order to fully appreciate everything Reading has to offer.

Where to Eat in Reading

If you’re looking for affordable options, CAU Reading (The Oracle Shopping Centre) and Forbury's Restaurant (One Forbury Square) are great picks. For delicious green meals, London St Brasserie (Riverside Oracle 2-4 London Street) and The Pack Saddle at Mapledurham (Chazey Heath) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Reading.

When to visit Reading

Reading in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 103
1 night at 3-star hotel
Reading in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 103
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Reading

Plane

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 15h 50m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Reading, followed by West Midlands Railway. The train journey from Reading to Birmingham takes 1h 33m and costs around C$ 30 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Liverpool, expect to pay about C$ 37 for a 2h 28m trip. Located 10 km from the city centre, Reading Mortimer is the busiest station in Reading. Another popular train station is Reading Theale, located 7 km from the centre.

Car

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.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Reading, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Reading takes 209 km and will cost you around C$ 10. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about C$ 11 for a journey of 233 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.

Plane

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 15h 50m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Reading, followed by West Midlands Railway. The train journey from Reading to Birmingham takes 1h 33m and costs around C$ 30 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Liverpool, expect to pay about C$ 37 for a 2h 28m trip. Located 10 km from the city centre, Reading Mortimer is the busiest station in Reading. Another popular train station is Reading Theale, located 7 km from the centre.

Car

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.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Reading, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Reading takes 209 km and will cost you around C$ 10. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about C$ 11 for a journey of 233 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

Lufthansa
Good (4,720 reviews)
KLM
Good (832 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,683 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,535 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,223 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (477 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,619 reviews)
Air France
Good (984 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,105 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,977 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,396 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,126 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (830 reviews)
LOT
Good (686 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (791 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,179 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,852 reviews)
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Where to stay in Reading

Average rates range from around C$ 132 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 196 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
5 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 1,156+
Hilton Reading
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 157+
The Elvetham Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 153+
The White Hart
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 156+
pentahotel Reading
4 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 110+
ibis Reading Centre
3 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 102+

Renting a car in Reading

Expect to pay C$ 2.55 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$ 30.53 and C$ 40.70. The most frequently booked car type in Reading is Intermediate (Vauxhall Zafira Tourer or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Ford Fiesta or similar) are, on average, 74% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Expect to pay C$ 2.55 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$ 30.53 and C$ 40.70. The most frequently booked car type in Reading is Intermediate (Vauxhall Zafira Tourer or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Ford Fiesta or similar) are, on average, 74% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Car rental agencies in Reading

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