Take the train from Oxford to London, and in less than an hour you can be city-breaking in style in the nation's capital. That's much quicker than driving, and without the hassle of finding a rare parking space in central London!
Great Western Railway trains whisk you in comfort across the countryside, with free WiFi onboard, plenty of space for luggage, and on most services, locally sourced snacks and drinks from the trolley. Why not consider First Class tickets too? You'll get extra legroom and usually complimentary snacks and drinks as well. The best part? You'll arrive at a central London station like Paddington or Marylebone, so you can simply hop on the tube and start sight-seeing right away. Don't forget to visit Hyde Park- it's just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station!
Scroll down for more information on the journey, and answers to frequently asked questions. Ready to go now? Use our Journey Planner at the top of this page to find train times and ticket prices from Oxford to London. Remember to book in advance or choose Off-Peak services to find the cheapest tickets!
Direct routes to London Paddington from Oxford courtesy of Great Western Railway run two to three times an hour, with a journey time of around 58m. There are also regular indirect services every hour, where you’ll need to change trains at either Reading or Didcot Parkway station – these services take around 1h 8m.
You’ll find a range of meals, snacks and drinks on Great Western Railway trains, including breakfast, sandwiches, hot food and a variety of hot and cold beverages. Most services also offer free WiFi.
*Information correct at time of writing (August 2019). May be subject to change.
The average journey time by train between Oxford and London is 1 hour and 8 minutes, with around 116 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Oxford to London is 47 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Oxford to London can start from as little as £5 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Oxford to London without having to change trains. There are 116 direct trains from Oxford to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Oxford to London leaves at 04:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Oxford to London leaves at 00:11. 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.
Trains travelling from Oxford to London cover a distance of around 52 miles (83 km) during the journey.
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 Oxford to London is right for you.
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Getting to Oxford station
After a nice day out visiting the main sites in Oxford, we walked back to Oxford station to head home. As it started raining heavily, we rushed back to the station, wandered in and out of the different shops available, and grabbed a drink while waiting for our train to depart.
Boarding the train
As we bought our digital tickets with Trainline, we just showed them to the rail staff before boarding. We jumped on a modern GWR train and headed to our two seats facing forwards in Standard Class. The train was a bit busier compared to when we departed from London in the morning as people were heading out for the night.
It took us about 50 minutes to get from Oxford to London – the train only stopped at Reading and Slough before reaching the grand London Paddington station. Once we arrived, we hopped off and climbed down the stairs towards the underground station entrance, following the super easy signs. All in all, it was a comfortable and quick journey after an amazing day out in Oxford.
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.