Reading to Carlisle by train

  • First train
    06:15
  • Last train
    00:39
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 24m
  • Distance
    404 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    55
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 7m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Reading to Carlisle by train

Fast trains from Reading to Carlisle take around 4 hours and 24 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 404 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Reading and Carlisle.

1. Are there direct trains from Reading to Carlisle?

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

We usually find around 58 departures on the route from Reading to Carlisle every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 49 departures.

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

The Reading to Carlisle train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 24 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Carlisle is usually scheduled to depart Reading around 06:15 and the last train is around 00:39. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Reading around 04:12, and the last at 00:41.

When to book Reading to Carlisle 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 Carlisle by train.

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Which train companies operate between Reading and Carlisle?

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

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • CrossCountry
  • First Great Western
  • First TransPennine Express
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway
  • London Underground
  • Northern
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • TransPennine Express
  • UK Rail Connections
  • Virgin Trains

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

Carlisle to Reading by train

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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.