The journey from Manchester to Oxford is a comfortable one when you travel with CrossCountry. Enjoy Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure.
In just under 3 hours, you can travel from the busy metropolis of Manchester, to the historic university city of Oxford. Travelling up the country, you will pass through the beautiful Peak District National Park, followed by the metropolitan borough of Birmingham. Arriving in Oxford, you will be a stone’s throw away from the stunning architecture, idyllic scenery and beautiful parks for which the city is famous.
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Travelling to Oxford
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Travelling from Manchester to Oxford
Oxford is famous for its educational accomplishments, including teaching some of the most influential minds in the UK since the 12th century. With a combination of historic and modern features, the city is full of character and has much to offer any visitor. From fascinating museums and architecture to great nightlife, restaurants and shopping, Oxford is sure to keep you entertained.
Are there direct trains from Manchester to Oxford?
Yes, there are regular direct CrossCountry services from Manchester to Oxford.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Manchester to Oxford?
Travel from Manchester to Oxford in style with CrossCountry. All our trains provide plenty of seating choices, electric plug sockets and ample luggage storage. A trolley service provides hot and cold drinks and light refreshments, should you get peckish. For an extra level of comfort, why not upgrade to a First Class ticket?
Does Oxford Train Station have step-free access?
Oxford Train Station is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. The whole station has step-free access throughout, as well as offering assistance reaching platforms, ramp access to trains, and accessible ticket machines.
How far is the city centre?
Oxford Train Station is located in the heart of the city, making it easy and convenient to explore once you arrive.
Does the station have family areas?
Families visiting Oxford Station will be able to access baby changing facilities and waiting areas.
For further information about Oxford Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Oxford
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Oxford
Onward travel from Oxford is easy and accessible. Stagecoach and The Oxford Bus Company service the city buses which stop at the station and run 24-hour services. Those looking to travel further might consider using the Arriva bus service that connects Oxford to smaller surrounding towns and villages. A taxi rank is located outside the station, for those who would rather reach their destination directly.
Shopping in Oxford
Oxford is small and compact, making it a shopper’s paradise. Alongside all the high street favourites, mostly concentrated around Cornmarket and Queen Street, the city offers charming independent, boutique and second-hand shops. The historic covered market which first opened its doors in the 1700s still retains its vintage charm and offers quirky gifts and souvenirs. If you’re a foodie, the Farmer’s Market can be found in Gloucester Green on the first and third Thursday of the month; make sure you try some tasty local cheese!
Culture in Oxford
Oxford holds the perfect blend of modern charm and stimulating history, with a wealth of cultural activities for its visitors. Visit the Museum of Natural History or the smaller Museum of the History of Science, or take a trip to one of the city’s many theatres. Choose from a wide range of amateur and professional productions, as well as a number of underground comedy events that spring up in local venues. Listen to chamber music at the Holywell Music Room or have afternoon tea at the classic Macdonald Randolph Hotel. If the weather is good, go punting on the river, or take a stroll to admire the Neoclassical and Gothic university buildings.
Spending time in Oxford
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or are planning a longer stay, our Oxford Guide can help you plan the perfect trip!
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