Berkshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Berkshire offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire and coaches.

Local bus services are provided by both Reading Buses and First Buses there are routes across the county of Berkshire available. There are a number of routes covering the local area and beyond, there are services to Reading, Newbury, Windsor, Ascot, Slough, Maidenhead, Bracknell and beyond into neighbouring counties. Buses provide a good way for visitors to get around with services close to many tourist attractions and places of interest.

Trains in Berkshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Reading Station has services between Reading and London Paddington station with a journey time of 30 minutes. There are also services to Bristol, Bath, Cardiff Bournemouth and Oxford. Manchester, London and Liverpool. Train services are provided by First Great Western; South West Trains and Cross Country Trains. Other major railway stations in the county include Newbury, Slough and Windsor & Eton Central Stations.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Berkshire that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Berkshire is connected to the road network via the M4 motorway linking the county to London and the A34 towards Oxford in the North and Winchester in the south.

Parking in Reading and across Berkshire is provided by both pay and display and car parks. Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the town centres. Major car parks in Reading town centre are located at Oracle Riverside, Garrard Street and Reading Station.

Berkshire is accessible by coach with coach services available to Newbury from London Victoria coach station, the journey time is approx 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours. There are also services to Reading from London services are provided by both National Express and Megabus

Heathrow Airport is located approx 30 miles from Reading and 45 miles from Newbury. Southampton Airport is located approx one hour to the south of Berkshire.

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