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Information about parking near Reading Station
Reading station is located to the north of Reading town centre and can be easily reached from the M4 – which runs directly below Reading – by taking the A33/A329 all the way, before turning off and following signs from Friar Street.
Parking on-street in Reading and around the station is quite difficult, with a very limited number of spaces available. However, there are many large off-street car parks to compensate for any lack of on-street options.
JustPark provides information on lots of parking options near Reading station, many of which are reservable – including spaces on-street and off-street, from driveways to car parks.
Parking on-street around Reading station is largely limited to pay-and-display spaces, of which there are reasonably few. Parking charges typically apply from 8am-8pm, Monday-Sunday, and usually enforce a maximum stay of 2 hours. Spaces can be quite pricey and in high demand, with many near the station serving visitors to the town centre as well.
You can use JustPark’s parking map to find information on available on-street parking spaces near Reading station.
Location Operator Price Max Stay The Forbury/Reading Reading Borough Council £0.60 / 20 minutes 2 hours Valpy Street/Reading Reading Borough Council £0.60 / 20 minutes 2 hours Garrard Street/Reading Reading Borough Council £0.60 / 20 minutes 2 hours Stanshaw Road/Reading Reading Borough Council £0.60 / 20 minutes 2 hours Vachel Road/Reading Reading Borough Council £0.60 / 20 minutes 2 hours
Reading Station multi-storey (Vastern Road, RG1 8BT) is the on-site car park serving the station, located near the northern entrance and accessible via Vastern Road. With over 1,000 spaces and perfectly situated for access to the station, this is a very convenient off-street option. This car park is open 24 hours a day, Monday-Sunday, but charges a particularly expensive hourly and daily rate.
There are a few alternatives such as Reading Garrard Street car park (Garrard Street, RG1 1NR) near to the southern entrance. This car park also operates 24/7, but has a similarly high tariff. However, this may be a viable option for those looking to gain quicker access to Reading town centre as well as the station.
JustPark offers a range of reservable off-street spaces near Reading station – from public car parks to private driveways. You can browse these options and book a guaranteed space via our website or app.
Location Operator Price Max Stay Hills Meadow Reading Council £2.00 / 2 hours Reading Garrard Street National Car Parks £3.50 / hour Reading Station MSCP Reading Council £4.00 / hour Civic B Reading Council £1.40 / hour Kings Meadow NCP £3.00 / 2 hours
Reading train station is well connected to the rest of the country and to London, primarily via CrossCountry trains and the line to Waterloo respectively. The town itself offers a comprehensive network of bus routes in the Reading urban area, which you can easily access just a short walk from the train station.
Accessible facilities and spaces are available in all the off-street car parks close to Reading station.
Disabled drivers displaying their Blue Badge can park for free in on-street pay-and-display spaces throughout the town – unless stated otherwise – and on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours (again, unless stated otherwise).
You can filter when searching on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access around Reading station (select this option by clicking ‘Filters’ on the search results page).
The majority of on-street parking spaces in Reading are reserved for permit holders, leaving only a small portion of pay-and-display spaces available for visiting drivers. These pay-and-display spaces are dotted around the city, but are pretty limited in availability in comparison to some other towns and cities.
On the JustPark map, we’ll only show you spaces which you’re allowed to park in and are not restricted – so you can be sure to pick the best option.
For most parking spaces around Reading station – both on-street and off-street – charges will still apply on weekends and Bank Holidays, unless stated otherwise.
You can park overnight in many of the off-street car parks in Reading, including Reading Garrard Street and Reading Station multi-storey car parks listed above. Parking overnight does come costly at these locations though.
Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available overnight.
Reading train station short stay car park (accessible from Forbury Road) acts as the station’s drop off and pick up point, as it is free to park here for up to 20 minutes.
Reading train station is nestled between Reading town centre and the meandering River Thames to the north. Reading is a lovely place to visit, with a modern centre filled with shops and restaurants – but you don’t have to go far from the station to become lost in the beauty of the famous river, walking through King’s Meadow or Christchurch Meadows, which line its banks as the water glides on to London.