It takes an average of 1h 16m to travel from London to Oxford by train, over a distance of around 52 miles (83 km). There are normally 120 trains per day traveling from London to Oxford and tickets for this journey start from $7.18 when you book in advance.
52 miles (83 km)
120 trains per day
Direct trains available
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Generally, the journey from London to Oxford by train takes around 1 hour and 13 minutes, with around 111 trains running on this popular route every day. If you want to get to Oxford quickly, the fastest services will get you there in just 44 minutes. You don’t need to worry about making any changes either, as there are direct services available from London to Oxford.
If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll jump on a train operated by either Chiltern Railways or Great Western Railway (GWR). With Chiltern Railways, your train will depart from London Marylebone station, but if you’re traveling with GWR, you’ll start your journey at London Paddington station. No matter who you travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as free WiFi and comfortable seating before arriving at Oxford station.
Once you’ve left the station, you’re just a short walk from the city center. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s most popular locations, such as Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Oxford Castle & Prison. If you'd like to learn more, we've put together a guide on everything you need you to know about Oxford, including where to see your favorite Downton Abbey filming locations - and the filming locations from Saltburn too (plus Oxford gets a few seconds of fame as one of Wonka's filming locations too!). Perhaps you'll even want to take a trip to the Cotswolds by train as well?
If you’d like to buy the cheapest train tickets, try traveling during Off-Peak times, because tickets are usually cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. Want to save even more? Keep an eye out for Advance tickets – they tend to be released 12 weeks prior to departure date and are generally cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.
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If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Oxford is right for you.
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Getting to London Paddington station
Our train to Oxford departed from London Paddington station, which mainly serves destinations in the west and south-west of England. We took the tube to reach the station – it’s on the Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines, so it’s super easy to get there.
Boarding the train
Using the Trainline app, we already knew which platform our train was leaving from before we even arrived at the station, so we didn’t have to get there too much in advance. We boarded a Great Western Railway (or GWR) train – we simply scanned our digital tickets at the ticket gates and hopped on. When booking our Standard Class tickets, I made sure we reserved two seats facing forwards – seats facing backwards are not for me, they make me dizzy!
It took us about 50 minutes to get from London to Oxford – the train only stopped at Slough and Reading before reaching Oxford, that’s why it was super quick! We were also able to use the train’s free WiFi throughout our journey, keeping our phones charged thanks to our at-seat power sockets.
Arriving at Oxford station
Getting off at Oxford train station, we found ourselves only a few minutes away from the city centre, the perfect location to start exploring! Our first stop was the world-famous University of Oxford – its architecture is magnificent, and the Radcliffe Camera particularly stands out with its grand Palladian style and spectacular dome. Make sure you have your camera at hand, you don’t want to miss anything!
Paola, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between London and Oxford.