Reading to Canterbury by train

  • First train
    04:40
  • Last train
    23:32
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 6m
  • Distance
    144 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    52
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 57m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Reading to Canterbury by train

Fast trains from Reading to Canterbury take around 2 hours and 6 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 144 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Reading and Canterbury.

1. Are there direct trains from Reading to Canterbury?

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

We usually find around 45 departures on the route from Reading to Canterbury 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 67 departures.

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

The Reading to Canterbury train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 6 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Canterbury is usually scheduled to depart Reading around 06:15 and the last train is around 23:32. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Reading around 04:40, and the last at 22:34.

When to book Reading to Canterbury 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 Reading to Canterbury by train.

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Which train companies operate between Reading and Canterbury?

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

  • First Great Western
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway
  • London Underground
  • South West Trains
  • South Western Railway
  • Southeastern
  • 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.