Take the train to Oxford and discover a historic university city. There are direct services to Oxford from the UK's major cities - get from London to Glasgow in as little as 44 minutes, Birmingham to Oxford in just over an hour and Bristol to Oxford in 1h 11m. Use our Journey Planner to search for train times and compare ticket prices, and buy in advance to secure the best prices on tickets to Oxford.
Oxford is one of the most famous university cities in the world, attracting around 9.5 million visitors every year. Located an hour away from London Paddington and just 20 minutes from Reading, historic Oxford keeps its youthful feel due to the city's large student population. Although the 750-year-old university is the highlight, there are also excellent museums, punting on the River Thames and charming traditional pubs for a pint of Oxford Prospect.
There are a number of ways you can find cheap train tickets to Oxford to help you save money and explore the city. Whether you are travelling to Oxford for work or leisure, our Journey Planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.
The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Oxford is by using a National Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy one online, check out our Railcards page. Railcards cater to different age ranges and circumstances so, from the Senior Railcard, to the Disabled Persons Railcard and the newly-introduced 26-30 Railcard (Millennial Railcard), you'll be sure to find your match.
A fool-proof way to save money on train tickets to Oxford is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or have a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.
Another we'll save you money is by "splitting" your tickets - enter our SplitSave app feature. Where possible, we will automatically "split" your tickets to find the cheapest combination of fares. Look out for the blue and white SplitSave icon when you search for tickets to Oxford on our app. Curious? Discover how split ticketing works.
You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy Return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train as a group of between three and nine people and cash in on a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.
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It's easy to catch a train to Oxford from all over the UK, with direct routes from cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester. There are also fast connections to Oxford from surrounding towns nearby towns like Reading and Banbury. We've highlighted some of the most popular routes below, or you can start your search from any UK destination in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.
|Route||Fastest journey||Train operators|
|London to Oxford||0h 44m||Great Western Railway, Chiltern Railways|
|Reading to Oxford||0h 21m||CrossCountry, Great Western Railway|
|Birmingham to Oxford||1h 2m||CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways|
|Banbury to Oxford||0h 18m||CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Chiltern Railways|
|Manchester to Oxford||2h 45m||CrossCountry|
|Bristol to Oxford||1h 11m||CrossCountry, Great Western Railway|
|Heathrow to Oxford||1h 13m||CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Tfl Rail, Heathrow Express|
Oxford University’s most famous college, Christ Church, was first founded in 1524 by Cardinal Wolsey and then refounded in 1532 by King Henry VIII. The grand chapel of the college remains a main draw as it is now Oxford’s cathedral. A total of 13 British Prime Ministers were educated at Christ Church, Lewis Carroll taught mathematics here, and it was also a filming location for the Harry Potter films.
Established in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum is Britain’s oldest museum. It was named after Elias Ashmole, who gifted the university a collection of treasures from Charles I’s well-travelled gardener, John Tradescant. Here you can discover Egyptian mummies, European paintings, key historical documents and Islamic artworks.
Take a break from the museums and colleges with a stroll through the central stone-walled botanic garden and sit under the tree that was said to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents in The Lord of the Rings. Opened in 1621, this is Britain’s oldest botanic garden.
The Pitt Rivers Museum is perhaps Oxford’s most weird and wonderful experience. The anthropologist Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers collected over 20,000 curiosities during his travels around the British Empire. Expect to see shrunken heads, trophy scalps and musical instruments on display in this quirky attraction.