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Cardiff Central to Oxford by train

It takes an average of 3h 18m to travel from Cardiff Central to Oxford by train, over a distance of around 84 miles (135 km). There are normally 62 trains per day travelling from Cardiff Central to Oxford and tickets for this journey start from £26.10 when you book in advance.

First train

04:07

Last train

23:30

Departure station

Cardiff Central

Arrival station

Oxford

Journey time

From 1h 36m

Distance

84 miles (135 km)

Frequency

62 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £26.10

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Transport for Wales

Travel from Cardiff Central to Oxford by train in 1 hour 36 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Cardiff Central to Oxford by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Cardiff Central to Oxford by train is 3 hours 18 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 1 hour 36 minutes. You'll usually find 62 trains per day travelling the 84 miles (135 km) between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way to Oxford. You'll be travelling with Great Western Railway, Transport for Wales or CrossCountry on your way to Oxford, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Cardiff Central to Oxford start from £26.10 when you book in advance, so use our Journey Planner to view the latest prices. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard are also great ways to save.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Oxford, including FAQs, and tips on booking cheap train tickets. Check the timetable above for live train times or if you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cardiff Central to Oxford? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cardiff Central to Oxford take?

The average journey time by train between Cardiff Central and Oxford is 3 hours and 18 minutes, with around 62 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Cardiff Central and Oxford by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cardiff Central to Oxford is 1 hour and 36 minutes.

How much does the train from Cardiff Central to Oxford cost?

Train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to Oxford can start from as little as £26.10 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Cardiff Central to Oxford?

No, there are no direct train services from Cardiff Central to Oxford. Travelling from Cardiff Central to Oxford by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Cardiff Central to Oxford leave?

The first train from Cardiff Central to Oxford leaves at 04:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cardiff Central to Oxford leave?

The last train from Cardiff Central to Oxford leaves at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Cardiff Central and Oxford by train?

Trains travelling from Cardiff Central to Oxford cover a distance of around 84 miles (135 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Oxford to Cardiff Central.

Cheap train tickets from Cardiff Central to Oxford

Train tickets from Cardiff Central to Oxford start at £26.10 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

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Consider a Season Ticket

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 Cardiff Central to Oxford is right for you.

Use your Railcard

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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