Chiltern Railways: Cheap Train Tickets and Timetables

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About Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways is a British train provider, operated by the Arriva Group, and connects central London to destinations west and north-west of the capital. Chiltern Railways tracks through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), passing through the Chiltern Hills towards Birmingham, Bicester Village, Banbury, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Leamington Spa. The company services 60 stations, and Chiltern Railways operates 32 of these stations, many of which are popular for day trippers going to and from London. Read on for a full guide on how to buy cheap Chiltern Railways tickets, Chiltern Railways timetables, facilities onboard the trains, and popular routes and destinations.

Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare

Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Credit: Unsplash

What are the Chilterns?

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is formed of approximately 324 square miles of rolling hills, ancient woodlands and chalk grasslands stretching across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Its proximity to London and the regular timetable of trains with Chiltern Railways means getting into the heart of one of Britain’s AONB destinations is easy and affordable, with a number of discounts and railcards that can be applied to your journey.

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Popular Chiltern Railways routes

London to Birmingham train

from £11
Direct trains available
1h32 average duration
31trains per day
Served by
  • West Midlands Railway
  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country
  • Great Western Railway

Bicester to London train

from £18
Direct trains available
0h48 average duration
25trains per day
Served by
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Great Western Railway
  • Cross Country

Bicester Village (BIT) to London Marylebone (MYB) train

from £18
Direct trains available
0h52 average duration
Served by
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Great Western Railway

Oxford to London train

from £7
Direct trains available
0h51 average duration
25trains per day
Served by
  • Great Western Railway
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country
  • Tfl Rail

London to Bicester train

from £22
Direct trains available
0h47 average duration
50trains per day
Served by
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Great Western Railway
  • Cross Country

London Marylebone (MYB) to Bicester Village (BIT) train

from £18
Direct trains available
0h53 average duration
Served by
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Great Western Railway

London to Oxford train

from £13
Direct trains available
0h47 average duration
50trains per day
Served by
  • Great Western Railway
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country
  • South Western Railway
  • Tfl Rail
  • Bus

Birmingham to London train

from £10
Direct trains available
1h33 average duration
14trains per day
Served by
  • West Midlands Railway
  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country

London to Stratford-upon-Avon train

from £20
Direct trains available
2h06 average duration
25trains per day
Served by
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Avanti West Coast
  • Cross Country

Stratford-upon-Avon to London train

from £5
Direct trains available
2h07 average duration
4trains per day
Served by
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Railway
  • Cross Country

Chiltern Railways stations and destinations

Whether you want to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon to see the birthplace of William Shakespeare, visit the Hellfire caves of High Wycombe or visit the Roald Dahl museum at Great Missenden, Omio finds the best and cheapest bus tickets for your journey.

Oxford, England, English city

The Gothic architecture of Oxford City. Credit: Unsplash

Chiltern Railways destinations

Not sure where to begin your Chiltern Railways adventure? Check out these popular Chiltern Railways destinations for travel details and nearby attractions:

Chiltern Railways: ticket types

Anytime Ticket: This ticket type is generally fixed at one price and more expensive than the other types because it allows travellers to travel at any time of day – including peak time. This is a good ticket type to have when passengers want the flexibility to travel at any time.

Advance Ticket: Normally valid for a precise time, you can select an advance ticket for a specific single or return journey. It is non-refundable - as the best possible price is usually charged. However, if you change your mind, it can be amended for up to 28 days before travel for a £10 fee.

Off Peak Ticket: Off Peak tickets are valid when the rush hour has subsided. This ticket type is less expensive than the Anytime ticket and is for travel after approximately 9:30 until 15:30, then again at 18:34. If you want to learn more, see our Train Ticket Guide for more information. The type of train does not affect the ticket, only the time of day. Travellers should check that they have the right ticket by asking either staff or contacting Chiltern Railways before starting their journey.

Super Off-Peak Ticket: These tickets hold the most restrictions, with a smaller window of time when travellers can travel during the day. These tickets cannot normally be used to travel during general rush-hour times, but are the cheapest ticket to purchase.

Cheap tickets with Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways offers affordable ticketing whether you’re a student, travelling with the family or going on a business trip from London to Birmingham. Standard Class has the option to pre-book seats at tables and buy food and drinks on-board. Free WiFi is available for all passengers.

Chiltern Railways

London to B'Ham
90 minutes

Stations called at
62

Stations
32

Route KM
336.4

Top tips for securing cheap Chiltern Railways tickets

The best way to secure the cheapest tickets is to book your train journey as far in advance as possible. Advanced tickets generally go on sale 12 weeks in advance with cheap Chiltern Railways tickets still available around 3 to 4 weeks before the departure journey. It’s also worth looking at the different travel card options which can help reduce the price of train journeys with great discounts and offers. When booking your Chiltern Railways ticket through Omio, all you have to do is add the railcard when selecting your journey. Omio applies the full gamut of options, including 16 to 25 Railcard, Two-Together Railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, and Seniors Railcard among others.

Canal house Birmingham, UK

The Canal House in Birmingham, trains from London to Birmingham take around 2 hours with Chiltern Railways. Credit: Unsplash

Chiltern Railways: Most Popular Train Routes

Route Duration Prices
London to Stratford-Upon-Avon 2h01
Oxford to London 1h33
Birmingham to London 1h29
Stratford-Upon-Avon to London 1h59
Leamington Spa to London 1h28
Aylesbury to London 0h58
London to High Wycombe 0h33
London to Kidderminster 2h33

Chiltern Railway FAQ's

Chiltern Railways Accessibility

Passengers who require special assistance whilst travelling or those who simply would appreciate assistance on the day, can reserve it in advance with Chiltern Railways. Call 03456 005 165 to pre-book your assistance before 10 pm the day before you travel. You can get help onboard if you are in a wheel-chair or if you have visibility or hearing difficulties. Car Parking for drivers with Blue Badges is free at Chiltern Railways' station car parks.

Chiltern Railways Luggage

The trains have storage spaces in overhead racks for soft luggage and at the end of carriages there is space for larger suitcases.

Is there Wi-Fi on Chiltern Railways?

The Chiltern Railways trains offer free Wi-fi on most of their trains and also at stations such as London, Bicester, Warwick and Birmingham Moor Street. Register and connect to the network in just a few clicks. It is mostly reliable but streaming is not permitted due to fair data use policies. Check emails, reply to messages and read the news whilst travelling on the train to your destination.

Can I travel with my pet on Chiltern Railways?

Two dogs or small animals may be carried onboard free of charge. Make sure to keep dogs on the lead and ensure that they do not sit on the train seats. Other animals must be carried in an enclosed basket or cage no bigger than 85 x 60 x 60 cm. Pets should not cause nuisance to other passengers; ensure to keep the walkways and aisles clear for staff and other passengers to pass through.

Is there a lost and found?

Should you lose any luggage or personal belongings, report where and when you think you lost the item on the Chiltern Railways website. There is a charge to retrieve your item depending on its value. Their customer service will contact you if they retrieve it, or if it has been handed in. Similarly, if you find anything on a train or at the station then hand it in to train station staff. Remember to keep clear of unattended luggage and inform a member of staff right away.

Can I take my bike on a Chiltern Railways train?

Fold-up bicycles can be taken onboard trains as long as they are stored and fully folded away. Regular bicycles can be taken on trains if there is space available aboard the train. It is the staff's decision on the day as to whether bikes may or may not be taken onboard. No bicycle reservations are possible; it is first come, first served. On peak weekday services it is unlikely that there will be space to take your bike.

What happens if there is a delay or cancellation to my train?

Should your train be delayed or cancelled for any reason, you have the right to claim for compensation. The delay repay scheme is based on how long the delay is. For example, if the train is delayed 30-59 minutes you can get 50% of the cost of our one-way ticket or 25% of the cost of the return ticket refunded. If the delay is longer than this, expect more to be refunded (100% of a one-way ticket and 50% of a return, or 100% refund for 120-minute delay or longer).

Can children travel on their own?

Although there is no minimum age a minor can travel, it's essential that children are aware of the risks of train travel. It is up to the parents to decide if the child is fit to travel. If a member of staff is worried about a child travelling on their own, they may inform the British Transport Police to ensure their safety.

Can Omio help me with a refund?

Yes. If the train is heavily delayed and cancelled, you may be allowed to apply for a refund. Please note that due to their low price, Advance tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, unless there are delays or cancellations. For all other tickets, apply for a refund online at Omio using our cancellations page. For your claim to be considered, be sure to apply for a refund within 28 days of the ticket's expiry date. There is also a £10 administration charge when you make a claim, whether or not it is successful. Make sure you check the terms and conditions of the ticket before you buy.

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