Train Travel

  • Oxford has an extensive rail travel network with a number of providers using the city's central Oxford station and Oxford Parkway station (located north of the ring road).

    Oxford Brookes University  students and  staff can take advantage of a range of transport discounts and offers.

    Last updated: Monday 4th July 2022

    Due to engineering work and planned improvements, Oxford Rail station is due to close on the following days:

    • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2022
    • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022
    • Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022
    • Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2022

    The University is working closely with Network Rail and Oxford County Council to gain an understanding of the mitigation measures that will be implemented during this period. At this stage, Network Rail is liaising with train providers to explore contingency plans to ensure minimum impact.

    The following rail replacement bus services have been proposed for this period. However, this is subject to change so please check the websites of these train providers closer to your time of travel to confirm these contingency plans.


    Buses regularly on Saturday and Sunday throughout the weekends as follows:

    • Didcot Parkway - Oxford (non-stop) x3 per hour
    • Didcot Parkway - Radley - Oxford (hourly)
    • Didcot Parkway - Appleford - Culham - Radley - Oxford (hourly)
    • Didcot Parkway - Hanborough (non-stop) hourly
    • Oxford - Hanborough (non-stop) - hourly
    • Oxford - Tackley- Heyford - Kings Sutton - Banbury (every 2 hours)

    Links to other train operators are provided below. However, at this time, Network Rail have recommended using the GWR link (above), as it also covers other operators who are not currently in a position to provide dedicated webpages.

    Chiltern Railways

    • Two buses every hour, running between Oxford and Oxford Parkway
    • Some morning and evening services will divert to run between Oxford and Bicester North

    Cross County

    • TBC

    As further information becomes available, this webpage will be updated accordingly.

    Train companies in Oxford

    • Great Western Railway - Operate trains from Oxford to Reading and London Paddington. Change at Didcot Parkway for South Wales and the West of England
    • Cross Country Trains - Operate services from Scotland, North of England, Midlands and the South Coast to Oxford
    • Chiltern Railways -  Operate between from Oxford station and London Marylebone, via Oxford Parkway station, Bicester Village, Thame and Haddenham Parkway, Princes Risborough and High Wycombe.
    • The Park and Ride Bus 500 services the Oxford Centre station and Oxford Parkway station.

    National enquiries / bookings

    Other useful links

    • Traveline - Public transport info for the UK, (including Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland), plus rail, ferry and coach travel between the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe.
    • Student Railcard - Anyone between the ages of 16 and 25 (and mature students aged over 26 in full time education) can get a third off the price of most rail fares anywhere in Britain with a Young Persons' Railcard. 
    • Trainhugger - In partnership with the  Royal Forestry Society and the  Royal Scottish Forestry Society, for each train ticket booked through Trainhugger, they will plant a tree in the UK.