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About Reading

Reading is an important commercial centre in the Thames Valley, in Southern England. The town hosts the headquarters of several British companies and the UK offices of foreign multinationals, as well as being a major retail centre.

Finding your way around Reading

Downloadable pocket map of central Reading

Arriving by air

Heathrow airport is approximately 40 minutes from Reading by the direct RailAir Link. This is generally a faster route than taking the Heathrow Express train service which takes you into Paddington, London where you will need change to get a train to Reading.

There is a regular train service between Reading and Gatwick Airport, the journey time is around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Arriving by Train

Reading train station is a mainline train station and is easily accessible from most other places in the UK.

There are direct rail links from many major cities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, and Exeter as well as a number of routes through London. Find out more at the National Rail website.

Travelling from London

If you are travelling from or via London, the quickest route to take is from London Paddington station.

Trains from London Paddington to Reading run approximately every 15-20 minutes throughout the day and the average journey time is around 30 minutes. Find out more at the National Rail website.

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