Getting to Oxford

 
 

Getting to Oxford could not be easier. It is at the heart of the UK. London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports are 50 miles and and 80 miles away respectively and serve all the major international cities.

     
 

From the Airport

London Heathrow International Airport and Gatwick Airport are linked to Oxford by the Oxford Bus Company's Airline service, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Heathrow is the closest international airport to Oxford. London Stanstead Airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 737 bus service, which runs approximately every two hours.

     
 

Bus:

Buses leave Heathrow Airport approximately every 20 minutes, and Gatwick Airport approximately every hour, and are large, comfortable coaches that allow you to sit back, relax, and watch the beautiful countryside. From Heathrow, a return ticket costs approximately £29 and takes approximately 80 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 and 100 minutes from terminal 5 (for terminal 4 you will need to take the free inter-terminal train to either terminal 5 or to the central bus station). From Gatwick, a return ticket costs approximately £37 and takes approximately 120 minutes.

The buses make a few stops once they reach Oxford, and if you're looking to get off at the main bus station, tell the driver you want to go to Gloucester Green.

     
 

Taxi:

Though we don't recommend it, it is possible to take a standard taxi from the airport to Oxford. It costs approximately £65 to/from Heathrow and approximately £105 to/from Gatwick, not including tip.

     
         
 

From London

     
 

Bus:

The Oxford Tube and the X90 Oxford Bus both leave London's Victoria Station every 10-20 minutes, making stops at Marble Arch, Baker Street, Notting Hill Gate and Sheperd's Bush before heading to Oxford's Gloucester Green. Tickets cost £18 if you're returning the next day or £20 if you're returning within 3 months. Travel time is approximately 100 minutes during off-peak times. 

     
 

Train:

Trains from London leave Paddington every half hour, costing around £25 for a single trip, and takes approximately one hour. For national rail inquiries call 0845 748 4950 or visit their website

     
 

Car:

The M40 and M4 + A34 provide easy access by car from London, leaving the M40 at Junction 8. The M40 links Brimingham to Oxford from the north, leaving at junction 9. 

     
 

Park and Ride:

Parking is Oxford is limited so most day visitors take advantage of the Park and Ride system. All five Park and Ride are listed below and are clearly signposted from them Oxford Ring Road. They operate 7 days per week (exluding Sunday at Water Eaton).

The Park and Ride sites are as follows:

  • Peartree (to the north, off the A34)
  • Redbridge (to the south, off the A4142)
  • Seacourt (to the west, off the A34)
  • Thornhill (to the east, off the A40)
  • Water Eaton (to the north of Oxford City - Banbury Road)
     
         

Map of Oxford and Surrounding Transport Facilities