Getting to Oxford

Getting to Oxford - Information and  maps

Oxford is well served by road and  rail networks that give fast and direct access locally, nationally and from  Europe.

By Train
Oxford railway station is located on the western edge of the city  centre, about 10 minutes walk from Carfax (the cental point in the city). The  station is managed by
Thames Trains, with routes from Stratford-upon-Avon to London Paddington and Bristol,  and is also served by Virgin Trains from Scotland to the south coast.

Services  to London Paddington run twice an hour during the day, with journeys taking  around 60 minutes.
Information on rail  journeys and fares to/from Oxford are available from
National Rail Enquiries.  Tel: 08457 484950.
Real-time live updates on
current rail journeys with Thames Trains are also available online.

By  Bus
Fast and frequent coach services link  Oxford to London and
Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The  Oxford Bus Company
X90 The Oxford  Express: 24 hour express coaches linking central London (Victoria) with Oxford  (Gloucester Green), running every 20 minutes during the daytime.

X70 The Oxford Express: 24 hour express  coaches linking
Heathrow Airport with  Oxford, running every 30 minutes during the daytimes and every 2 hours  overnight. From the airport, leaves Bay 19, Terminal 4, and Bay 10, Heathrow  Central Bus Station.

X80 The Oxford  Express: 24 hour express coaches linking
Gatwick Airport with  Oxford, running every hour between 04.00 and 20.00 and every 2 hours overnight.  From the airport, leaves Bay 8, South Terminal, and Bay 4, North Terminal, 5  minutes later.

Cityline services:  frequent local bus routes serving destinations in and around  Oxford.
Oxford Bus Company.  Tel:01865  785400 for travel information Monday -- Friday 08.00-18.00, Saturday  08.00-15.30.

Stagecoach Oxford
The Oxford  Tube: The Oxford to London service runs 24 hours a day. Coaches run every 10  minutes at busy times and every 15-20 minutes throughout the rest of the day.  There is at least an hourly service during the night. London stops include  Victoria, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate and Shepherd's Bush/Kensington Hilton.

Stagecoach Oxford also operates other key  services in the region including the X50 Oxford to Stratford-upon-Avon  route.
Stagecoach Oxford. Tel:01865 772250 for 24-hour travel information.

National Express
Daily coach services linking major towns and cities in the  U.K.
National Express. Tel:  08705 808080 for enquiries and bookings.

Jetlink operates the daily services 757, linking Oxford and Stansted  Airport, and 767, linking Oxford and Luton Airport.
Jetlink. Tel: 08705 747 777  (08.00-20.00, 7 days a week)

By Car
Oxford is  connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8  and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to  the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the  A34.

Distances to/from  Oxford:

Information on  distances and routes to/from other locations is available from

Park and Ride
Parking in  the city centre is extremely limited and visitors to Oxford arriving by car are  recommended to use the city's 'Park & Ride' service. Fast and frequent bus  services link four car parks located adjacent to the ring road with the city  centre, 7 days a week.
Oxford Bus Company's 'Park & Ride'  service for timetables and prices.  Tel:01865 785400 for travel information Monday -- Friday 08.00-18.00, Saturday  08.00-15.30.

The 'Park & Ride' car  parks are: Peartree (to the north, off the A34), Thornhill (to the east, off the  A40), Redbridge (to the south, off the A4142) and Seacourt (to the west, off the  A34).

There are access  restrictions to cars within the city centre, particularly for traffic coming  into the centre from the east, along High Street.
If you require advice on city centre access or parking contact the  Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01865 726871

Overnight Parking
Secure overnight  parking can be arranged for 00.00-08.00 (subject to availability). Prices on  application.
Tel: 01865 794307

Camper  Vans
Parking for high vehicles is  available at Worcester Street and Westgate Surface car parks, and near the exit  at Redbridge Park and Ride.

Taxis and  Private Hire Vehicles
See our a-z page for  information on
Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle  Licencing.

Information for
disabled visitors is also available.

The following maps are  available, provided by

All distances are using fastest routes and  are approproximate.

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