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London to Oxford by Train, Bus and Car

How to get from London to Oxford


Paddington Station, London
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Details of how to get from London to Oxford by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
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London to Oxford by Train

UK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.

Trains leave for Oxford Station every 10 to 15 minutes from Paddington Station. The journey takes about an hour with round trip advance fares starting at about £8.


London to Oxford by Bus

UK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of "funfare" promotional tickets that are very cheap (£6.50 for a £39.00 fare, for example). These can only be purchased on line and they are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It is worth checking the website to see if "funfare" tickets are available for your chosen journey.

National Express run frequent coach trips to Oxford Bus Station from London Victoria Coach Station virtually around the clock. The journey takes about an hour and 40 minutes, with round trip tickets costing about £21.50. Tickets can be booked online and there is usually a 50pence booking fee.

The Oxford Tube is a very popular way to get to Oxford by bus. The company run buses every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, with pick ups from multiple stops in London and in Oxford. The fare costs £13 one way or £16 round trip and there are multiple trip deals, as well as student, senior and child fares available. Check their website for a map of their pick up and drop off points.

London to Oxford by Car

Oxford is 62 miles northwest of London via the M4, M25, M40 and A roads. It takes about an hour and a half to drive. Keep in mind that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $1 a quart.

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