Travelling to the festival makes up at least 80% of a festival’s carbon footprint (Source: The Show Must Go On Report, 2020 [https://www.vision2025.org.uk/the-show-must-go-on/]). To help reduce the Reading travel carbon footprint, you could travel by lower carbon forms of travel such as coach, train with direct shuttle buses to the festival, or carshare to help reduce this.
See below for low carbon options, and our Travel page for all options here.
BIG GREEN COACH
Big Green Coach are back as official travel partner to Reading 2023 and this year, all services are carbon neutral!
Take the hassle out of planning your journey and get dropped inside the festival gates, no one gets you closer. They are running Weekend and Day Return services from more than 35 pick-up locations.
Choose to arrive Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and they’ll get you home on Monday morning (feeling super fresh).
Just heading in for the day? Big Green Coach will drop you at the gates before music starts and won’t leave until the action is over. Party hard and sleep all the way home! Forget hotels, trains, and shuttle buses. Leave the car at home and forget being designated driver.
It is really easy to get to Reading by train. Reading train station is a 15-20 minute walk from the festival site. There are many routes from throughout the country to the station, including from London Paddington.
Car sharing is a fun, easy, cheap and sustainable way to travel! If you’re traveling to the festival by car, sign up to Reading Liftshare here to offer your empty seats or look for a lift!
Liftshare Priority Parking at Reading Festival
To park in the Liftshare priority parking area at Reading you will need to:
A) Be in a Liftshare team, in the Reading Liftshare community.
B) Be sharing your vehicle with someone not from your household.
C) Print and display your Liftshare permit in your vehicle when entering the gate and when parked.
When in a team, you can access your permit from the Teams & Permits section at the top of your Liftshare account. For more details of How to form a Liftshare team and access your permit, go to the FAQs from the bottom menu on Liftshare.com and search ‘Permit’.
Reading side stage experience – Prize draw
To thank you for using Liftshare, and taking cars off the road, Reading Festival are offering a side stage experience to a lucky winner.
To be in with a chance of winning, send your name, email address and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am 22nd August. You must be in a Reading Liftshare team to enter. One person will be drawn at random and contacted on 23rd August to make arrangements.
You will need to meet a Reading member of staff at the festival to arrange which band you can see side-stage (please note not all bands allow people side stage). For full T&Cs visit: www.festivalrepublic.com/prize-promotion-tcs