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How to Get to Oxford University

Oxford is about 60 miles (90 kms) northwest of London and has excellent road and national rail links. Regular coach services connect Oxford with the capital and also with Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

From London airports

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach service, which operates a direct frequent service twenty-four hours a day (tel: +44 (0)1865 785400).

London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach service, running every two hours (tel: +44 (0)8705 747777).

A list of taxi companies, many of which offer a bespoke airport pick-up service, can be found on the Tourist Information Centre website. 

By train

A direct service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

By coach

Frequent 24-hour direct services connect Oxford with London (peak times every 10-20 minutes). The Oxford Espress service includes Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon (tel: +44 (0)1865 785410). The Oxford Tube service includes Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush, and Hillingdon (tel: +44 (0)1865 772250). For information on coaches to other major cities and airports contact National Express (tel: +44 (0)8717 818178). Coaches arrive at Gloucester Green Coach Station in the city centre.

By car

Birmingham-Oxford: M40-A34
Bristol-Oxford: M32-M4-A34
Cardiff-Oxford: M4-A420
Edinburgh-Oxford: A74(M)-A74-M6-M42-M40-A34
Glasgow-Oxford: M74-A74(M)-M6-M42-M40-A34
London-Oxford: A40-M40-A40
Manchester-Oxford: M56-M6-M42-M40-A34
Newcastle-Oxford: A1-A1(M)-M1-A43-M40-A34
Nottingham-Oxford: M1-A43-M40-A34

Parking in Oxford

Many Oxford streets are now closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services which operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts at Pear Tree, Woodstock Road (north); Water Eaton (north); Seacourt, Botley Road (west); Redbridge, Abingdon Road (south); and Thornhill, London Road (east).

Please note that Thornhill and Seacourt are often full, particularly on University Open Days. We therefore recommend that drivers coming to Oxford from the east (including London), the south and the west use the Redbridge Park & Ride, while drivers arriving from the north can choose between Pear Tree and Water Eaton.

Taxis

Taxi ranks are located at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles' in the city centre.

A list of taxi companies can be found on the Tourist Information Centre website.