Reading to Bolton by train

  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 44m
  • Distance
    255 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    4hr 24m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Reading to Bolton by train

Fast trains from Reading to Bolton take around 3 hours and 44 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 255 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Reading and Bolton.

1. Are there direct trains from Reading to Bolton?

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

We usually find around 38 departures on the route from Reading to Bolton 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 39 departures.

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

The Reading to Bolton train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 44 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Bolton is usually scheduled to depart Reading around 05:02 and the last train is around 20:45. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Reading around 06:15, and the last at 21:45.

When to book Reading to Bolton 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 Bolton by train.

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Which train companies operate between Reading and Bolton?

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

  • CrossCountry
  • Northern
  • Northern Rail
  • TransPennine Express
  • 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.