Getting to Reading from the airport
For visitors landing at:
If your destination is our Greenlands campus in Henley, please see our information on how to get to the University by rail for advice on how to plan your onward journey from Reading.
London Heathrow (LHR)
You should take the RailAir coach to Reading. Coaches run frequently (every 30 minutes) and the journey to Reading station takes about 1 hour. A single ticket costs £16 (May 2015) and should be purchased from the National Express sales desk at Heathrow Central Bus Station or in advance via the RailAir website.
Coaches leave from Stands 6 to 15a at the Central Bus Station (except for Terminal 5 where they leave from Stand 9). Please check before boarding. RailAir bus stops are located within the Central Bus Station and are sign posted. For further information please call +44 (0) 1189 579425.
For latest prices and timetables, see the RailAir website.
Directions from Terminals 1-4 to the Central Bus Station, and to the Terminal 5 Bus and Coach Station are listed below:
From International arrivals follow signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station. From UK and Ireland follow signs for the Underground and Terminals 2 and 3, which direct you towards the lifts. You will then see the signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station. Use the lifts to reach the basement level.
Leave the building through the doorway immediately in front of the exit from customs and follow signs for Underground and buses, which direct you towards the below-surface travelator. Alternatively, you may prefer to use the street-level access by exiting the terminal building through the revolving doors on the ground floor.
Follow signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station, taking the ramp or stairs to access the below-surface subway link.
Use the FREE Heathrow Express shuttle service. Travel in the carriages at the rear of the train and alight at Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Follow signs for Terminals 2 and 3 but as soon as you see signs for buses and underground follow these instead. Alternatively, you can use bus routes 482 and 490 from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5, which run up to 8 times an hour and are free to use (make sure the bus is heading towards Terminal 5 before you board).
Follow signs for local buses upon leaving arrivals. If you do not already have a ticket these can be purchased from the National Express sales desk which is located inside the terminal building (turn left out of arrivals) opposite Costa Coffee. You will find Stand 9 by exiting the terminal building opposite the National Express sales desk.'
London Gatwick (LGW)
Direct trains run to Reading from Gatwick Airport every hour and take about 1hr 15 minutes. A single ticket costs around £15 and can be purchased at the station in Gatwick airport.