Train travel to Bicester Village is a breeze:
Having just travelled to Bicester Village by train from London we can advise that the process is quite easy and straightforward. The train networks in England are operated by different companies and Chiltern Railways operate services to Bicester North from London Marylebone Station.
The London Tube (Bakerloo Line) will get you to Marylebone Station. The departure board in the station concourse will tell you which platform you need to go to.
Train fares to Bicester Village are not cheap. An off-peak return fare currently costs GBP 23.50, although at times there may be other offers. Chiltern Railways however have advance purchase cheap fares which cost GBP 5.00 each way. These can be purchased online, but are available in limited numbers and valid only on certain journeys only, therefore it’s advisable to book early. You can choose to have your ticket details sent to your mobile phone, or emailed to you to print at home.
When you arrive at Bicester North station, there is a taxi bus service that will take you to Bicester Village, a journey of about 8 minutes. If you’ve purchased the cheap GBP 5.00 train fare, it does not cover the taxi bus trip. The Chiltern Railway representative will direct you to purchase your taxi bus ticket which costs GBP 4.40 return. If however you’ve purchased your Bicester Village Ticket from any staffed Chiltern Railways ticket office or Ticket Machine, your Taxi Bus travel is included within the all in one ticket.
The taxi bus runs every 15 minute between 0845 – 1700 from Bicester North station to Bicester Village, and between 0900 – 1930 from Bicester Village back to the station (up to 2030 on late closing days). The taxi bus takes 8 passengers each trip.
Tip: On your return trip, do allow some extra time as there may be many shoppers wanting to get back to Bicester North station and you may need to catch the next bus.
The train journey to Bicester Village is about 45 minutes and is a smooth and comfortable ride. Overall the train journey and the taxi bus shuttle service at the other end are very well co-ordinated and make for an pleasant trip to Bicester Village.
Photos coming soon.If you think of anything I left out of this post, please feel free to put that on the comment.