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On average, the train from Oxford to London takes around 1h 14m, but can take just 47m on the fastest services, with around 111 trains running on this popular route each day. Once you’ve boarded the train, you can sit back and relax, as you don’t need to worry about changing along the journey.
When travelling on this route, you’ll board a train at Oxford station and arrive at London Paddington station if you’re travelling with Great Western Railway (GWR), or London Marylebone station if you’re travelling with Chiltern Railways. On both services, you’ll enjoy free WiFi, power sockets and generous luggage allowances. If you prefer travelling in style, why not upgrade to First Class? With GWR, you’ll enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments, as well as comfy seats and quieter coaches. On Chiltern Railways, you’ll take advantage of larger tables, extra legroom, wider windows and complimentary snacks and drinks.
Standing on the River Thames, London is one of the most popular cities in the world. There are so many things to do and see in London, you’ll never be bored! Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including a visit to Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Natural History Museum.
If you’d like to snap up cheap train tickets from Oxford to London, book an Off-Peak time – tickets tend to be cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you’d like to save even more, get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
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The average journey time by train between Oxford and London is 1 hour and 15 minutes, with around 121 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 49 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Oxford to London can start from as little as £5.40 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 121 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 04:20. 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.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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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.