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Oxford tube? (the coach from Victoria) good?

Hello, going to Oxford tomorrow and looking at how to get there.
People on twitter/instagram seem to rate Oxford Tube - what do you folks think? Good?
It's slower than the train but apparently air conditioned and with power points and wifi…
It's very decent, although journey time can depend on whether you are travelling during rush hour or not. One advantage is that it will drop you in the centre of Oxford rather than at the station.

My family live in Oxford and I tend to use the Oxford Tube more frequently than the train, it's much cheaper.
Ah good to hear, thank you… will pM you another question if you don't mind...
My dad lives in Oxford and always uses it when he comes to visit - according to him way more comfortable than the train, very significantly cheaper and they run every ten minutes at peak, no contest.
thank you! very helpful. Oxford Tube it is!
Just to note, the stop it starts from at the Victoria end is a bit counter intuitive as it is on the "wrong" side of the road.

The second stop is nearer Victoria station but you get less choice of seats big grin
The train from Marylebone is great: it takes about 50 minutes or so and runs regularly. Bakerloo line will get you there.
Nigello Wrote:

The train from Marylebone is great: it takes about
50 minutes or so and runs regularly. Bakerloo line
will get you there.


Paddington isn't it?

Some of the trains to Oxford are remarkably noisy, and the station at Oxford isn't very conveniently situated unless you are being met or getting a taxi .....
They are noisy because they are evil diesel multiple units - chug chug

Hurry up and electrify the line
There are trains to Oxford Parkway (north of Oxford) and Oxford city from Marylebone and from Paddington to Oxford city. I love the Marylebone train and would not go back to using the coach, but it depends where you want to end up. For me, visiting my parents who live a few miles north of Oxford, average journey time door to door with the coach is 3.5 hours and with the train, 2.5 hours, partly because I can get out of the train on the right side of Oxford. The train is much more dependable - I have had some horrendous coach journeys getting stuck in traffic. But I'd probably use the coach if I was going to Headington or that side of town.
It also has free wi-fi on board. Great service
I find the coach very convenient for the part of Oxford I go to (it makes several stops before the city centre).

It's very frequent, and extremely good value, particularly if you are returning the following day

And Victoria is easy to get to from ED.

ETA: However it is quicker to drive, though less relaxing.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was july 06, 11:27pm by Sue.

Nothing against the tube but just to add it's not always cheapest: just booked a return on the train for £13.40, both parts on faster trains from P'ton.
Robert Poste's Child Wrote:

Nothing against the tube but just to add it's not
always cheapest: just booked a return on the train
for £13.40, both parts on faster trains from
P'ton.


That's a good price. Did you need to get specific trains?

I get a discount on the Tube due to my extreme age big grin
The cheapos are 'Advance' tickets - a limited number available, at varying prices, on just a few trains each day, and you do have to use that train. The Oxford ones can get as low as £5.40 for a single.
Thanks ianr!

I will stick with the Tube as the station in Oxford isn't very convenient for where I need to get to.

I usually drive, though.

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