With cheap and frequent services running between London and Oxford 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a lot of first-time visitors in London head to Oxford for a quick day trip to explore the famed literary city.
Luckily Oxford's main attractions like Christ Church University and the Radcliffe Camera are within walking distance to each other, and you could easily spend a few hours wandering around Oxford's central area and still see all that there is to see.
However, it's the actual "travel" part of getting to and from Oxford that can be tricky, or even chaotic during peak travel times. That's why many visitors choose to go with a tour company so the hassle of getting to and from Oxford is figured out for you.
If you're hoping to do a quick day trip to Oxford while you're in London, here are the many different tours and tour companies to choose from:
From London to Oxford with International Friends
International Friends have tours that include everything from overnight trips to Paris, to a quick day trip to Downton Abbey, so naturally they're going to have a tour from London to Oxford that's worth checking out
Their Oxford Day Trip tour includes entry into Christ Church University, an Oxford walking tour with an expert guide, and return travel between Oxford's city centre and London's Paddington train station. The tour starts at 8:45 a.m. from Paddington and finishes sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in London. Tickets for this tour cost £49 for adults, however there are no discounted tickets available for seniors, students, children or families.
If you're hoping to see the Cotswold villages along with Oxford, they also have a Cotswolds Villages and English Country Pub Lunch tour, but it's only available on Saturdays during the spring, summer and early autumn months. Tickets for this tour cost £119 for adults and £99 for children (between the ages of three and 15)
From London to Oxford with Golden Tours
As always, Golden Tours has a wealth of different options in terms of all the places you can see in a one-day tour from London. From visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle, to making short stops in Stratford and Cambridge, you could easily customize your own tailor-made day tour to go to all the places you want to see around England.
For the ultimate literary experience, if you want to see Cambridge along with Oxford, they offer a great deal on a London-Cambridge-Oxford tour that costs £86, and even special tours during the holidays as well.
But if you're just looking for a simple tour from London to Oxford, they have a Day Trip to Oxford by Rail with Open Top Bus tour which includes open return train tickets to Oxford, a ticket for Oxford's hop-on, hop-off bus tour, as well as free time to explore Oxford on your own.
Customers must head to Paddington Station to check-in with a Golden Tours representative at the Information Desk at 8:50 a.m., and then catch a train to Oxford at promptly 9:21 a.m. Customers are free to choose what time they'll return, as trains return to London every ten to 15 minutes until 10 p.m. Tickets for this tour cost £58.65 for adults, and £54.40 for children (between the ages of three and 16).
From London to Oxford with Anderson Tours
Anderson Tours may not be as well known as other tour companies based out of London, but they offer a ton of great deals on tours from London to places like Cardiff, Bruges, Loch Ness, the Isle of Wight, Edinburgh and much more.
Anderson Tours offer two different tours from London to Oxford, however both include additional trips to places like Cambridge, Stratford and the Cotswold villages.
Their Oxford and Cambridge Tour includes a guided walking tour of both cities as well as additional time to explore them at your own pace, and cost £57 for adults, and £51 for children.
They also have an Oxford, Stratford and Cotswolds Villages Tour for those hoping to explore more of the English countryside, which includes a guided walking tour of Oxford, entry into Shakespeare's birthplace, and a quick visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Customers are picked up from various locations in central London like King's Cross, London Bridge and Victoria between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., and tickets cost £55 for adults and £50 for children.
From London to Oxford with Evan Evans Tours
Evan Evans may not have tours directly from London to Oxford, but they do have a ton of great combo tours to Oxford that are worth checking out if you want to see more than one city while you're in London.
There's an Oxford and Cambridge tour which lasts for ten hours and includes a guided walking tour of Oxford as well as a visit to Christ Church College, the Bridge of Sighs, and King's College Chapel. The tour also includes a walking tour around Cambridge, and there are a ton of different pick-up points for the tour scattered all around central London. Tickets for this tour cost:
- £90 for adults
- £80 for children
- £85 for seniors and students
- £330 for families (consisting of two adults and two children)
If you're interested in checking out other cities or monuments as well as Oxford, they have great deals on combo tours to Warwick Castle, Stratford and the Cotswolds (£87), Windsor Castle and Stonehenge (£87), and even a private viewing of Stonehenge's inner circle at sunrise or sunset along with a visit to Oxford and Windsor Castle (£125)
From London to Oxford with The English Bus
The English Bus is another reputable tour company operating out of London, however they only have one tour to Oxford which also includes visits to Stratford and the Cotswold villages.
If this is your cup of tea, however, then the Oxford, Stratford and Cotswolds Villages tour may be right down your alley, although be forewarned that the tours only usually run twice a week, which means tickets can be hard to come by.
The tour departs at 8:45 a.m. from The London Eye, and takes you to Stratford-Upon-Avon, and through the scenic English countryside surrounding the villages of the Cotswolds before being dropped off in central London around 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this tour cost £79, however no discounted tickets for seniors, students or family bookings are available.