Travelling to Oxford
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Travelling from Reading to Oxford
Rich history, world-class culture, an acclaimed university, great nightlife, and a vibrant student life – what more could you want? Oxford really does have it all. You’ll find no shortage of ways to spend your time in this historic city. See a play, visit a museum, dine at a delicious restaurant, take a walking tour, enjoy a happy hour – these are just a few of the things you can do on a trip to Oxford.
Are there direct trains from Reading to Oxford?
Yes, there are regular direct CrossCountry services from Reading to Oxford.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Reading to Oxford?
Travel from Reading to Oxford in style with CrossCountry. All of our trains have plenty of seating choices, charging points and luggage storage space. If you want a snack, an at-seat service provides hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. For even more comfort, why not upgrade to a First Class ticket?
Does Oxford Train Station have step-free access?
Oxford Train Station is accessible to customers with a range of mobility needs. The whole station has step-free access, 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 right in the city centre, making it easy and convenient to explore once you arrive.
Does the station have family areas?
Families visiting Oxford Station can 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 very easy. Stagecoach and The Oxford Bus Company provide the city buses which stop at the station and run 24-hour services. For travel to the surrounding areas, the Arriva bus service connects Oxford to nearby towns and villages. There is also a taxi rank right outside the station.
Shopping in Oxford
Oxford is small and compact, making it a shopper’s paradise. Start off at Westgate Oxford, a major shopping centre in the heart of the city. With over 100 stores ranging from high street favourites to more upscale options, it packs a big punch in a small space.
Another great place to shop is Clarendon Centre between Cornmarket and Queen street, where you’ll find lots of well-known names. For a more boutique experience, choose between the cool streets of Jericho, the historic Covered Market and the diverse Cowley Road. Local brands, designers and artists aren’t hard to find.
Unsurprisingly, Oxford is the perfect place to shop for antiques and books. Antiques on High is a standout spot, where a traditional shopfront hides a treasure chest of amazing vintage finds. Blackwell’s bookshop is an Oxford institution; booklovers can easily spend hours browsing the shelves.
Culture in Oxford
Oxford is brimming with cultural activities. Whether you’re looking for theatre, history, music, art or comedy, this city has it all. Museum lovers will be spoilt for choice here – visit the Ashmolean Museum for world-class art and archaeology exhibits, check out ethnographic objects from far and wide at the Pitt Rivers Museum or see both a dinosaur and a dodo up close at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Catch a play at the Oxford Playhouse, New Theatre Oxford or the Oxford Revue; productions range from local plays to national tours. Listen to chamber music at the Holywell Music Room, admire artworks both new and old at Modern Art Oxford, or have afternoon tea at the classic Macdonald Randolph Hotel.
If the weather is good, don’t forget to go punting on the river!
Spending time in Oxford
If you want more information on all the amazing things Oxford has to offer, our Oxford Guide can help you plan the perfect trip!