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Chelmsford to Reading by train

  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    23:25
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 55m
  • Distance
    104 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    54
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 10m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Chelmsford to Reading by train

Fast trains from Chelmsford to Reading take around 1 hour and 55 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 104 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Chelmsford and Reading.

1. Are there direct trains from Chelmsford to Reading?

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

We usually find around 55 departures on the route from Chelmsford to Reading 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 60 departures.

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

The Chelmsford to Reading train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 55 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Reading is usually scheduled to depart Chelmsford around 05:40 and the last train is around 23:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Chelmsford around 06:21, and the last at 23:25.

When to book Chelmsford to Reading 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 Chelmsford to Reading by train.

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Which train companies operate between Chelmsford and Reading?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • First Great Western
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Underground
  • South West Trains
  • 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.