The morning's first train to Reading Station departs Liverpool's Lime Street Station at around 5:30 a.m. and the last night train departs shortly before midnight. Peak times occur before 9:00 a.m. daily and the average travel time is 3.5 hours. Virgin Trains and London Midlands partner with CrossCountry providing 3 to 4 journeys per hour. Direct journeys are not possible and most transfers take place at Birmingham New Street Station or Stafford, Tamworth and Wolverhampton Stations. Passengers travelling after 9:00 p.m. will be subject to very long transfer times and will not arrive in Reading until the following day. Only one train runs per hour on Sundays with the first departing Liverpool around 8:30 a.m.
Liverpool has long been a bustling metropolis thanks to its historically renowned docks and traditionally booming maritime economy. Visitors should head down to the Pier Head or the Albert Dock to experience the living history of Liverpool's docks. Whilst music fans can be found throughout the city paying homage to the birth place of the Beatles, it's easy to see that Liverpool offers something for everyone.
Founded by the Saxons in 800 AD in Berkshire, Reading is a town with diverse attractions for all types of travelers. The Reading Festival, one of the United Kingdom's largest and oldest music festivals, attracts thousands of patrons every year. The city is also renowned as one of the top 10 shopping centres in the United Kingdom and houses a variety of interesting museums.