Reading Festival

25 – 27 August

Every era has its own heroes and Reading has always brilliantly reflected its own age.

From the Stones to Stormzy, Reading has always given the people what they want (and they usually want it loud).

Travel to Reading Festival on a GWR train and rock the rails!

This year’s headliners include

  • Muse
  • Kasabian
  • Eminem

To get you in the mood and ready for the party, our Spotify playlists, brought to you by NME, are perfect for the train to Reading Festival.

Getting there

Direct trains to Reading depart from:

London Paddington

  24 August 25 August  26 August 27 August
 First  05:12  05:12
05:17 
07:29 
 Last 01:34 01:44
23:33
00:34
Bristol Temple Meads

  24 August 25 August 26 August 27 August
First  04:50 04:50 05:30 07:45
Last 22:35 22:35 22:28 22:10

It’s just a half hour train ride from London Paddington to Reading station. From the station, the festival site is a short ride away on a shuttle bus or a 15-20 minute walk. So travelling to Reading Festival with GWR really is the best way to get there.

Here are some more helpful tips for planning your journey to the festival.

Buy your train tickets early

Book now and save money... no more homework and no more stress with our Advance Single fares. Hurry, though, because they are limited and sell out more quickly than the latest Britpop revival.
 

Don't forget your toothbrush... and your Railcard

If you’ve bought your train ticket with your Railcard, bring it with you. If you don’t, you may have to pay for a full price ticket.

Allow plenty of time

There are queuing systems in place at London Paddington, and at Reading station for the shuttle buses.
 
When going home by train, make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your train from Reading station.

Amps charged, phones charged...

If you’ve bought an m-ticket, or e-ticket, stay charged so you can show it when asked. There’s an inexpensive recharging service at the festival to keep your phone charged. All proceeds will help children to study in developing nations.

Take it with you

Take all your camping gear home and put your rubbish in the bags provided by the festival’s Green Messengers camp stewards.

If you really don’t want to take your tent home with you, just pack it up and hand it in at the recycling point. 
Photo credit: Marc de Groot