Joining us on a tour of the Cotswolds from Oxford is easy to do by train, and many of our passengers choose to do just that! Plan your car-free journey here. Here is everything you should need to know…
On Wednesdays, Thursdays* and Fridays:
- Take the 08.44 train from Oxford, which arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.18am. The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station at 09.45 at the latest.
*Thursday tours operate May to September only
- Take the 08.45 train from Oxford, which arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.20am. The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station at 09.45 at the latest.
*Saturday tours operate May to September only
- Take the 08.51 train from Oxford, which arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.26. The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station at 10.00am at the latest.
Returning to Oxford
We recommend that you purchase a flexible “anytime return” rail ticket that allows you to take any return train to Oxford on your chosen route. However, you may wish to book a specific return train in advance. If so, bear in mind that we aim to return to Moreton-in-Marsh by 17.00 (on both weekday and weekend tours).
We can also drop you off at one of our other free drop-off points (Stratford-upon-Avon, 17.30, or Leamington Spa station – Sundays only, 18.15) if you prefer. It’s no problem if you have luggage – we have a large luggage storage space on our minibus, so you can bring it with you!
These times are usually the latest times we will return to these stations. In case of heavy traffic or other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we can never 100% guarantee to be back on time, but it is usually safe to book a return train after these times.
Train times and fares
Up-to-date information on timetables and ticket prices across the British rail network can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website: www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Train timetables can occasionally change – for example, because of planned or unplanned engineering works, public holidays or special events – so please ensure you double check the train times before you travel.
Travellers from Oxford can purchase the Cotswolds Discoverer One-Day travel pass to join our tours on Saturdays and Sundays. This special ticket costs £10.50 for adults, and £5.25 for children aged 15 and under (children under 5 travel free). It provides you with one day of unlimited bus and train travel within the Cotswolds region, and saves money on the usual price of a return ticket between Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh.
Buy this ticket at Oxford station on the day of travel. There is no need to book specific trains with this ticket – at weekends, it can be used on any train between Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh.
NB: The Cotswolds Discoverer One-Day travel pass is also available Monday to Friday, but on weekdays, it cannot be used on trains departing before 08.50, therefore it is not available for our customers who will need to take an earlier train. However, if you book your train tickets online in advance, you can often buy a standard off-peak return ticket for the same price as the Cotswolds Discoverer Pass – it is just less flexible.
Need help joining a tour from a different location?
Check our other help pages on joining a tour from London, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Bath, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bristol, Cheltenham, Coventry, Gloucester, Guildford, Reading, Southampton or Worcester.
If you plan on driving to one of our pick-up locations, please see here for more information: https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/drivingdirections/.
Please check our FAQs page, but if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, just send us an email and we’ll be pleased to help! You can reach us at email@example.com, or use the contact form here.
The information we have provided here, in good faith, is correct at the time of writing (updated: 16 December 2019). Ultimately, it is your responsibility to reach the pick-up location at the stated time. In the event that your train is delayed or cancelled, we at Go Cotswolds will do our utmost to make sure that you can still join the tour, even if it means you join a little late. However, in line with our terms and conditions (which you must agree to when you book a ticket with us), Go Cotswolds accepts no responsibility, and will provide no refund or compensation for tours missed through no fault of our own, including delayed, cancelled or missed trains. We recommend that you take out suitable travel insurance to cover you in this eventuality.
*Tours operate on Thursdays and Saturdays between May and September only.
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