Reading’s strategic location, in the heart of the UK’s transport network and its proximity to Heathrow and London, is one of its major attractions. The town is the focal point for economic growth along the M4 motorway and is classed as one of the most vibrant urban centres in the UK.

By road

Reading benefits from excellent links to the national motorway network. The town centre is located approximately 2 miles to the north of the M4 motorway and can be accessed from three junctions (10, 11 and 12). The M4 provides quick access to the M25 motorway (Junction 15) and beyond.

London 38 miles
Oxford 20 miles
M25 (J15) 25 miles
M4 (J11) 3.3 miles

By train

Reading railway station is one of the busiest rail hubs in Britain, connecting to London (Paddington and Waterloo) to the east, Birmingham to the north and Cardiff to the west.

Trains to London Paddington run every 10 minutes with a quickest journey time of 26 minutes.

Reading station is to form part of the Elizabeth Line from 2019. Combined with the fast Great Western Railway service to London Paddington, the Elizabeth Line will significantly reduce travel times to the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.

Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) will also enhance the existing transport connections between Reading, Slough and Heathrow Airport, with regular services to the airport in approximately 26 minutes.

By air

Heathrow Airport can be accessed at Junction 4 of the M4 motorway. The RailAir coach is a dedicated non-stop coach service linking Reading station with Heathrow Airport with a journey time of 38 minutes.

Heathrow 25 miles
Southampton 46 miles
Luton 60 miles
Gatwick 64 miles