Train is probably the quickest way to get from Reading to Oxford with a very frequent service (see the train section below) but it is equally possible to make the trip by coach. National Express run two coaches a day between Reading and Oxford departing at 9.35 and 12.10 which take 50 minutes to make the journey to Oxford's central bus station, Gloucester Green and cost 8.40 GBP. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Oxford see our guide to Oxford Bus Station.
The fastest way to get from Reading to Oxford is via train but this is normally more expensive than the bus. There is a direct train every 30 minutes to Oxford from Reading as trains pass through this station on the way to and from London. The journey time from Reading to Oxford is about half an hour.
You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines on the main concourse. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.
You may also use Reading as a transit point between Heathrow Airport and Oxford. If you take the RailAir bus service from Heathrow central bus station to Reading train station (journey time 43 - 57 minutes) you can then pickup a train to Oxford (30 minutes) or other UK cities. For more information on this service you can download a brochure for RailAir by clicking the link.
Oxford Train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains in Oxfordshire see our guide to Oxford Train Station.
It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return. To check prices and times for trains between Oxford and Reading click on the button below.
If you are travelling to Oxford by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Oxford Park and Ride facilities (free parking) located North, South, East and West of the city centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to the Oxford Park and Ride. If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located within the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Oxford. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Oxford there are several places to pick up a car. See our guide to renting a car in Oxford .
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The Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport
(Tue 28th Aug, 2018)
This year all the vehicle shows will be held across the August Bank Holiday weekend creating the ultimate 'Festival of Transport'
St Giles Fair at St Giles
(Sun 02nd Sep, 2018)
The fair comes to St Giles for two days, lots of stalls and fair ground rides.
Oxford Open Doors
(Mon 10th Sep, 2018)
Oxford opens its doors for free! Over 150 venues and events for visitors including colleges and museums.