London to Oxford by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $13.28
  2. 30 day advance $13.28
  3. 7 day advance $23.06
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
  • Distance
    84 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 13m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to Oxford by train

Fast trains from London to Oxford take around 51 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 84 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Oxford.

1. Are there direct trains from London to Oxford?

Direct trains from London to Oxford have been found.

We usually find around 70 direct trains on the route from London to Oxford every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 92 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from London to Oxford?

The London to Oxford train travel time is normally about 51 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to Oxford train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Oxford is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:12 and the last train is around 00:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 05:17, and the last at 00:22.

What's the London to Oxford train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Oxford are $13.28.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $13 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $23. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book London to Oxford train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Oxford by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and Oxford?

More than one train company operates on the route from London to Oxford, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • First Great Western
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Oxford to London by train

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Great Western Railway

Travelling by train from London to Oxford is extremely easy. The obvious departure point from London is Paddington station from where Great Western Railway (GWR) offers fast trains to Oxford. But there is now an alternative service from London Marylebone (operated by Chiltern Railways). This new link was launched in late 2016; it is just as fast as the traditional GWR route from Paddington.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll find some excellent scenery on the short ride to Oxford. The GWR line from Paddington affords great views of the Thames Valley around Goring, while the alternative route from Marylebone cuts through the gently undulating Chiltern Hills.

London to Oxford

Most Oxford-bound passengers from London depart from Paddington station. The Great Western Railway train heads west from London. You’ll catch a glimpse of Windsor Castle to the left of the train shortly before speeding over the River Thames at Maidenhead. There are glorious views as the railway follows the Thames upstream, cutting through the Berkshire Hills to reach Oxford. The fast trains from London Paddington to Oxford normally stop at Slough and Reading along the way.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.