With trains to Oxford arriving from English cities and towns such as Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Winchester, Reading, Bournemouth and London, travelling by train is a comfortable and stress-free way of visiting this historic university city. Trains passing through Oxford are managed by Great Western Railway, CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways. Trains from London to Oxford's centrally located main station depart from London Paddington and have journey times of approximately one hour. Routes are either direct or require a transfer at Reading.
Oxford's main train station is located a short distance west of the city centre which takes a few minutes to reach either on foot or by local bus. The station has two platforms and a small concourse that contains a range of shops and cafes. Other facilities include a taxi rank, car parking, bicycle storage for over 1,000 bikes, ATMs, wifi and toilets.
Great Western Railway, Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry all operate trains to Oxford with Great Western Railway providing the route from London Paddington to Oxford's main train station. Journey time on the London route is approximately one hour, a few minutes longer when a connection is required at Reading.
There is no commercial airport at Oxford and while travelling by train to the city from London is comparable in price to making the journey by coach, it is much quicker. All London departures to Oxford's city centre station are from London Paddington and carriages are comfortable with onboard catering, wifi, toilets, luggage space and power outlets.
Oxford is close enough to London for an enjoyable day trip but to get a real flavour of the city and fully explore its attractions, it is better to spend a few days here. Oxford is intersected by rivers and canals and dotted with the honey-coloured stone buildings of its university, famous around the world. Many of the medieval college buildings are open to the public. One of the most instantly recognisable, certainly to Harry Potter fans, is Christ Church with its beautiful gardens and grounds. Other highlights include the Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean Museums, the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library and the quaint Alice in Wonderland shop.