Organising travel to and from a festival is often the biggest headache associated with these weekends and this is certainly the case for the Reading Festival.

Transport is also set to look more daunting this year after RMT announced its members would strike up and down the country, disrupting rail travel this month.

Whether you're working out the best way to get to the event yourself or are coordinating a large group, here is how to get there.

How to get to the Reading Festival this weekend

Reading Chronicle:

According to the Reading Festival website, there are a number of ways to travel to and from the event.

Big Green Coach

Big Green Coach is returning as the festival's Official Travel Partner with more than 40 pick-up locations across England and Wales.

The coaches will stop at places like Birmingham, Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff.

Tickets can be booked on the Big Green Coach website.

Private coaches to and from the festival are also an option but a pick-up/drop-off slot must be booked in advance here.

Shuttle bus

Services 97 and 98 will be in operation, allowing revellers to be transported between Reading and the Reading Festival.

Those wanting a hassle-free journey can download the Reading Buses app, allowing users to see bus times and even purchase tickets.

A single ticket will cost £1.50 for event-goers using the festival shuttles while those purchasing a weekend bus ticket will need to pay £6.50.

The weekend ticket allows Reading attendees to get unlimited travel on the 97 and 98 buses all weekend.


Free shuttle boats will also be available to and from Green Gate to Green Gate Car Park between the following times each day:

Wednesday, August 23

1 pm to 10 pm

Thursday, August 24

8 am to midnight

Friday, August 25

8 am to 1 am (Saturday)

Saturday, August 26

8 am to 1 am (Sunday)

Sunday, August 27 

8 am to 2 am (Monday)

Monday, August 28

8 am to 2 pm

Car (Parking)

White & Green Parking passes are valid from Wednesday to Monday for those with early entry + weekend tickets.

Those with just weekend tickets will be able to use these facilities between Thursday and Monday.

Green Day Car Parks will also be open from 8 am for day ticket holders.

Day ticket parking passes are available from the gate but these are subject to availability.

Attendees must display these car park passes in their cars with printed booking confirmations not accepted.


Finally, festival-goers will be able to take the train to Reading Train Station which is about a 15-20 minute walk from the event site.

However, there will be limitations on these due to the strike action announced by RMT.

RMT members will strike on Saturday, August 26, meaning there will be no trains to or from the festival on this day.

Despite this, train operator GWS has said that on Friday and Sunday, train services will operate at a "near normal level" with some "alterations and cancellations".