Chester to Reading by train

  • First train
    04:22
  • Last train
    22:28
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 4m
  • Distance
    233 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    25
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 34m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Chester to Reading by train

Fast trains from Chester to Reading take around 3 hours and 4 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 233 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Chester and Reading.

1. Are there direct trains from Chester to Reading?

Journeys between Chester and Reading usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 31 departures on the route from Chester to Reading every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 42 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Chester to Reading?

The Chester to Reading train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 4 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Chester to Reading train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Reading is usually scheduled to depart Chester around 04:22 and the last train is around 22:28. This is the same at the weekend.

When to book Chester to Reading train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Chester to Reading by train.

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Which train companies operate between Chester and Reading?

More than one train company operates on the route from Chester to Reading, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • First Great Western
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway
  • London Underground
  • South West Trains
  • Transport For Wales
  • UK Rail Connections
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.