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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 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 £5.40
  2. 30 day advance £5.40
  3. 7 day advance £8.50
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  1. Travelling by train from London to Oxford is extremely easy, with most services taking about an hour for the journey. The obvious departure point from London is Paddington station from where Great Western Railway (GWR) offers twice-hourly 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.

    A limited number of bargain tickets are available on both routes from London to Oxford; these are mainly on off-peak trains and need to be booked a few weeks in advance.


    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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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail 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.

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