Reading to Manchester By Train (3hr 18 mins from 87.50 GBP)


Reading Train Station to Manchester Piccadilly by Train

Reading Train Station to Manchester Piccadilly by train

Trains from Reading to Manchester run from Reading Train Station. The train is normally quicker than taking the bus but slightly more expensive. The Train service between Reading and Manchester runs regularly up to 45 times a day. The first Train leaves Reading at 03:54 and the last Train departing at 20:15. The journey time on the Train is 3hr 18 mins.


This is not always a direct service. The service that starts at 06:11 and runs at 11 minutes past each hour until 20:11 is a direct service. The service that starts at 06:41 and runs at 41 minutes past the hour until 20:41 requires one change at Birmingham New Street onto a connecting train to Manchester Piccadilly. All oter services requires your to change at London Paddington onto London Underground to London Euston (take the Victoria Line towards Brixton, trains run every 3 minutes during the day), change here onto a connecting train to Manchester Piccadilly


It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. You can travel from Reading to Manchester for just 87.50 GBP if you book in advance online compared to 252.70 GBP if you just turn up at the station. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return.


To check train times and prices from Reading to Manchester click on the button below.



If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by Train, you will be using Manchester Piccadilly Train station on London Road. Manchester Train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains see our guide to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station.


If you are travelling to or from Europe you can connect by booking Eurostar tickets online from Paris or Brussels to London.


 Reading To Manchester by Bus (6hr 45 mins from 46.80 GBP)


Reading Calcot to Manchester Coach Station by Bus

Reading Calcot to Manchester Coach Station by bus

The Bus service between Reading and Manchester runs 8 times a day. This service is run by NationalExpress with the first Bus starting at 05:15 and the last bus is at 21:05. You can book a return fare from 46.80 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times afer 09:00. The Bus to Manchester runs from Reading Calcot in Reading to Manchester Coach Station in Manchester. Manchester is 195 miles (313.95Km) from Reading and the journey time on the Bus will take 6hr 45 mins.


There is no direct service from Reading. You need to change at Oxford Bus Station onto a coach to Birmingham and again at Birmingham Coach Station for the final connection of your journey to Manchester


Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from Reading to Manchester click the button below.



If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Manchester Central coach station, on Chorlton Street. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Manchester City Centre. More detailed information on stops on this route can be found on this map. For more detailed information on national and local buses in Manchester see our guide to Manchester Bus Station.


 Reading To Manchester by Megabus (7hr 25 mins from 26.00 GBP)


Reading Calcot to Manchester Shudehill Interchange by Bus

Reading Calcot to Manchester Shudehill Interchange by bus

The Bus service between Reading and Manchester runs 2 times a day. This service is run by Megabus with the first Bus leaving at 09:35 and the last leaving at 17:25. This can be the cheapest way to travel between the two locations with fares as low as 1.50 GBP one way for those who book online up to three months in advance. You can book a return fare from 26.00 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times after 09:00. The Bus to Manchester runs from Reading Calcot in Reading to Manchester Shudehill Interchange in Manchester. Manchester is 195 miles (313.95Km) from Reading and the journey time on the Bus will take 7hr 25 mins.


There is no direct service and this combination of journeys will require 2 journeys to be booked via Megabus. You will need to get off at London Victoria and change to a coach to Manchester. There is a 1 hour wait between changes


Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from Reading to Manchester click the button below.



NOTE - be advised to bring your Megabus reservation printed or in your phone as drivers may refuse boarding unless you do even though this is not in their conditions.


If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Bradshaw Street, Shudehill interchange bus station. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Manchester City Centre. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Manchester see our guide to Manchester Bus Station.


Reading to Manchester by Plane (2hr 05 mins from 48.00 GBP)


Plane

The Plane service between Reading and Manchester runs 6 times a day. This service is run by British Airways with the first Plane starting at 06:30 and the last is at 15:35. You can book a return fare from 48.00 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times afer 09:00. The Plane to Manchester runs from Readind Bus Station to Manchester Airport. Manchester is 195 miles (313.95Km) from Reading and the journey time on the Plane will take 2hr 05 mins.


There is no direct flight from Reading. You will need to get the X5 Airport Bus from Reading Bus Station to Heathrow Airport (this part of the journey is at an extra cost) and change here for the plane journey to Manchester. Buses run from Reading every 15-30 minutes during the day


To check flight times and prices from Reading to Manchester click on the button below.




If you are travelling to Manchester by plane, Manchester Airport is located just 20 minutes from Manchester City Centre. The airport is accessible by a network of local and regional bus services which operate every day of the week from early morning to late at night, including bank holidays. The airport is the UKs largest regional airport with more than 100 airlines offering direct flights to over 200 destinations worldwide. It hosts three airport terminals and handles 22 million passengers a year, and so can be a very busy and hectic place at times.


Reading to Manchester by Car (3hr 37 mins 195 miles)


Car parking

Manchester is 195 miles (313.95Km) from Reading. If you are travelling to Manchester by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Manchester Park and Ride facilities located North, South, East and West of the city centre.


If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located near the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Manchester. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Manchester there are several places to pick up a car.




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