Weekday rail service between Reading and Glasgow begins at 6:00 a.m., with 1 to 2 trains departing per hour until shortly past 6:00 p.m. All routes require 1 to 2 transfers, occurring at stations such as Birmingham, Lancaster, Manchester, and London, where passengers must transfer not only trains but also stations, and take between 5.5 and 6.5 hours to arrive in Glasgow. There are only two peak fare journeys during the day, both of which depart before 7:30 a.m. Overnight journeys are possible after 8:00 p.m., however, these trips may require lengthy layovers and can take up to 13 hours to arrive in Glasgow. The weekend schedule differs slightly, with trains departing Reading for Glasgow 1 to 2 times an hour between 4:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Saturday and between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday journeys are also slightly longer, lasting at least 6 hours. First Great Western and Virgin Trains are the primary railway companies that provide this connection.
Reading, located in Berkshire County, is considered to be one of the UK's top retail destinations. However, as a historical town dating from the first century C.E., Reading also has many cultural and natural attractions that are rewarding to visit. Be sure to visit the Museum of Reading and the Museum of English Rural Life to explore the fascinating local history before embarking on a walk along part of the Kennet and Avon Canal, a beautiful waterway connecting Reading and Bristol.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is recognised as one of Europe's top ten financial centres. Apart from cultural venues such as the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Tron Theatre and the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), travellers to Glasgow will find endless shopping opportunities on Buchanan Street. On the way to Buchanan Street, visitors should be sure to wander through George Square, where many of the city's public statues can be found. Shows can be enjoyed at one of Glasgow's many theatres, including the Theatre Royal and the Pavillion Theatre.