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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.

Where to Eat in Reading

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Crown at Playhatch (Playhatch) and ZERODEGREES Reading (9 Bridge Street) are great picks.

When to visit Reading

Reading in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Reading in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

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 New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 26h 45m.


Train is the most popular train carrier serving Reading, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Reading to Oxford takes 0h 48m and costs around $25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Winchester, expect to pay about $69 for a 1h 10m 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.


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


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Reading, including National Express, FlixBus and Bus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Reading takes 209 km and will cost you around $5. From Manchester, the ticket costs about $13 for a journey of 459 km. The most popular bus station is Reading Queen's Rd, located 1.1 km from the city centre of 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
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Where to stay in Reading

Average rates range from around $160 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $233 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

Holiday Inn Reading-South M4, Jct.11
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
ibis Reading Centre
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
pentahotel Reading
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Novotel Reading Centre
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
Travelodge Reading Central
Good (7.5, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Reading

Expect to pay $2.94 per litre in Reading (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $35.23 and $46.98. The most frequently booked car type in Reading is Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Vauxhall Mokka or similar) is, on average, 46% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Car hire agencies in Reading


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