Trains from Cardiff to Reading

Cardiff to Reading train information

Cardiff Reading train map

Train duration 1h42m
Arrival Reading, England
Departure Cardiff, Wales
Distance 96 Miles
  • Find your ticket on gopili to identify the different operators for your train from Cardiff (East Wales) to Reading (South East England). The services on board will vary depending on the rail provider.
  • There are 96 miles between the two cities and the average duration between Cardiff to Reading is around 1h42m. Train travel is most of the time the fastest way to travel to Reading from Cardiff, and it's also a greener option than driving or taking the plane.
  • Fares will change depending on the day and hour of travel and how far in advance you purchase your ticket.

Best prices for Cardiff to Reading train tickets

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Cardiff - Reading prices calendar

Find the cheapest tickets to travel from Cardiff to Reading by train, bus, ride sharing and plane.

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Ticket prices and availability have been recorded in the last 72 hours from the data provided by our partners.

Cardiff - Reading: the best time to book cheap trains

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The table above is based on the best prices found over the last six months depending on how much time in advance the train is bought. Purchasing your train from Cardiff to Reading in advance should enable you to spend less for your trip.

We found tickets available from £32 when booking your ticket 7 days in advance which is 16% cheaper than the best ticket we found when buying your ticket on the day you're travelling.

Best prices for Cardiff to Reading trains

We compare train ticket for all major companies to travel between Cardiff and Reading by train and find the best prices for the coming days. Take a look at the prices of train tickets Reading to Cardiff and find the best deal for your outbound journey.

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Discount Cardiff - Reading train tickets

National Railcards can bring you great savings if you're taking the train. Depending on your age and your situation, you might want to get one of the five existing railcards: Disabled persons, 16-25, Two together, Senior or Family and Friends railcards. Railcards can help you make great savings for your Cardiff Reading train ticket.

How much can I save with a railcard?

In order to understand the benefits of a railcard, you can estimate the number of journeys you need to break even. You will see that usually only a few trips are needed.

For your assessment, you have to include the cost of your railcard, i.e £30, your savings on each journey (i.e.: 34%) as well as the cost of your ticket. The average price of a Cardiff Reading ticket is £50.00 (1).

Divide the cost of your railcard by the discount: £30/34%= £88. Then divide £88 by £50.00: £88/£50.00 = 1.76. You will need to make about 2 trips from Reading to Cardiff (one way trip) with your railcard to break even.

How much do I need to pay for a railcard?

Railcards enable you to get a third off most rail fares for a year. The Disabled persons railcard costs £20 and the 5 other railcards £30.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 6 months for one way journey

Train Journey Average price without railcard(1) With a railcard 34% off(2) Saving based on a one-way trip Number of return trips to pay off the cost
Cardiff to Reading train £50.00 £33.33 £16.67 1.76

(1)Average price observed over the last 6 months for one way

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction of 34% on train tickets fare

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