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How to get to the University campuses by rail

Reading is a mainline train station and is easily accessible from most other places around the UK.  There are direct trains from a number of major cities as well as a large number of routes through London.  If you are travelling from or via London the best (and quickest) route to take is from London's Paddington station. 

Travelling from London Paddington

Trains from Paddington to Reading run approximately every 15-20 minutes throughout the day and the average journey time is around 30 minutes.

Travelling from Reading train station to the University

PLUSBUS is available in Reading. PLUSBUS is a cheap bus pass (like a travelcard) that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station booking office, by phone or online. It gives you unlimited bus travel around the whole urban area of the origin and/or destination town of your train journey, including to and from the rail station.


Once you arrive at the train station you can walk or cycle to either campus, please see instructions left. If you choose to take a taxi or bus, the bus stops and taxi rank can be found outside the station. A taxi will cost you approximately £8 and a single bus journey will cost you £1.90 (return £3.60. You will need the exact money as the buses do not give change).

The buses that run from the train station to the University are as follows:

To Whiteknights campus (Shinfield Road)

Numbers 9 or 21

To Whiteknights campus (Earley Gate)

Numbers 17, 19a, 19b or 19c

To London Road campus

Numbers 9 or 21

*Please note: The number 9 stops at the Shinfield Road entrance and that numbers 20, 20a and 21 stop on campus.

Further information about travelling to the University by bus from the surrounding area available from the Reading Buses website.

Travelling to our Greenlands campus in Henley

South West Trains and First Great Western operate from London Paddington to Reading via Twyford or there is a regular train service from London Marylebone to High Wycombe.

The easiest way to get to the Greenlands campus from Twyford or High Wycombe is by taxi - it is possible to book this in advance:

Telephone County Cars on 01491 579696 or 572422

There is a rail link from Henley to Twyford and then back to London Paddington.

There are also direct rail links to Reading from many major cities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol and Exeter.

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