Trains from Reading to Birmingham

Reading to Birmingham train information

Reading Birmingham train map

Train duration 2h11m
Arrival Birmingham, England
Departure Reading, England
Distance 81 Miles
Train operators Cross Country
Lowest train price from £63.20
Average train price £64.00

There are many train companies across the country & Europe but the journey connecting Reading in England to Birmingham in England are run by Cross Country.

On average, it takes around 2h11m by train because of the 81 miles to travel to Birmingham from Reading. The journey time will change depending if the train is direct or with stops.

We found tickets from £63.20 to travel in the next month. Prices will vary depending on the day and hour of travel and how far in advance you purchase your ticket.

Best prices for Reading to Birmingham train tickets

from £63.20 MORE 2h11m
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from £36.00 MORE 5h20m

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National Express£42



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

Reading - Birmingham: the best time to book cheap trains

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Days before Departure

The Prices for train tickets Reading to Birmingham tend to increase if you don't book early. Based on our data, if you purchase your ticket 7 days in advance, the price of the ticket starts at £20 whereas when booking on the day you're travelling, you will need to spend at least £33 for your trip. Thus, you will save 40% on the price of your ticket by buying your ticket 7 days in advance as opposed to on the day you're travelling.

The data are based on the best fares found over the past 6 months when buying in advance versus at the last minute.

Best prices for Reading to Birmingham trains

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

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
Moor Street
£63.20 10/07/2022 10:48 2 months ago
New Street
£63.20 10/07/2022 10:15 Cross Country 2 months ago
New Street
£63.20 10/07/2022 09:15 Cross Country 2 months ago
Moor Street
£63.20 10/07/2022 10:55 2 months ago

Best prices for the next 180 days.

Discount Reading - Birmingham train tickets

Willing to travel for cheap? Many railcards and deals exist to spend less for your Reading Birmingham train ticket and save even more money on your tickets: special train fares for children, railcards for all ages, group travel, or charity discount. There are 5 types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

  • The main benefit of getting a railcard is that it only takes a couple of trips to earn as much money as you spent.

    You will need to pay at least £88 of train tickets across the whole year for the card to break-even. This number corresponds to the cost of the railcard, £30, divided by the discount, 34%. On every ticket that you book afterwards, you will make savings.

    As an example, train tickets from Reading to Birmingham cost on average £63.20 (1). By dividing £88 by £63.20 (£88/£63.20 = 1.39), it appears that after only 2 one way journeys from Birmingham to Reading, the railcard will have paid for itself.

  • All railcards cost £30 except the Disabled persons railcard that costs £20. Railcards enable you to get 34% off most adult fares, hence you will save 1/3 on most train tickets.

(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
Reading to Birmingham train £63.20 £42.13 £21.07 1.4

(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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