Colchester to Reading by train

  • First train
    04:43
  • Last train
    23:03
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 9m
  • Distance
    138 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    54
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 26m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Colchester to Reading by train

Fast trains from Colchester to Reading take around 2 hours and 9 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 138 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Colchester and Reading.

1. Are there direct trains from Colchester to Reading?

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

We usually find around 53 departures on the route from Colchester to Reading every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

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

The Colchester to Reading train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 9 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Reading is usually scheduled to depart Colchester around 04:43 and the last train is around 23:03. This is the same at the weekend.

When to book Colchester 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 Colchester to Reading by train.

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Which train companies operate between Colchester and Reading?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • First Great Western
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Underground
  • South West Trains
  • South Western Railway
  • UK Rail Connections

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.