With Oxford becoming a very happening destination in UK for tourists, it is natural that the connectivity from the capital city London is very efficient via rail and roadways.
- The M25 and Midlands from M40 is good for motorists.
- M40 connects Birmingham to Oxford from North.
- The 8 & 9 junctions connect the town directly to the city.
- The Oxford Ring road leads straight to south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol from A34.
- Car drivers can get Google maps and RAC, AA route planners. Singles can look for Traveline which is a pubic transport and very safe.
- If you are using a public transport The First Great Western has direct train service between Oxford and Paddington every half an hour.
- The stagecoaches are available round the clock. It is called the Oxford Tube. Oxford bus station is at Gloucester Green. The timetables are listed on the website and updated.
Major airports from where passengers can proceed to Oxford
The Birmingham transfers take ½ hour by car with local European and other international routes. Train connections are also available. The London Oxford airport is 8 kms away from the city center at Kidlington and Woodstock. The flights connect to cities like Edinburgh, Dublin and Amsterdam.
The airline coach service works directly from airports to Oxford 24 hours. The direct shuttle from Heathrow and Gatwick stop at North Oxford for passengers going to Summertown and Woodstock Road. A Witney Shuttle service operates from Sunderland Avenue to the airports in London. The car journey is daunting and only recommended for frequent travellers.
Many roads are now available only for pedestrians in Oxford. Hence if you do not know where to park (your rental car) and turn (from dead end roads) then do not risk this option. Instead use the public car park and then take a bus ride to the places you wish to visit. The town has several access points where parking is available and close to tourist landmarks.
Travel Costs from London:
35 pounds before 9.30 am (mon-fri), 17 pounds after 9.30 am (all day and weekends)
8.50 pounds for group travel of 4 persons (after 9.30 am)
X90 and Oxford tube charges are 17 pounds per day. Both Leaves Victoria statin from London every 12-20 minutes passing Marble Arch, Baker Street, Notting Hill gate and Shepherd’s Bush and Gloucester Green, Oxford. If you return the next day the fare is 17 pounds. And if you return after 3 months the fare is 20 pounds.
Telephones: X90-01865785400 and Oxford Tube-01865772250
If you wish to travel from Oxford to London then use the train-it is the fastest and best mode. Taxis are expensive and costs approximately 65 pounds from Heathrow and 100 bounds from Gatwick. The tips are separate in both cases. Cars have fixed rentals and they have their won websites. Click on the websites for rentals and advance bookings.
The bus is the cheapest and best mode of transport. You can admire the countryside and experience what it is to travel locally in England. There are only few stops on the way and tell the bus driver need to reach Gloucester Green, Oxford. If you take a bus from Heathrow the ticket is 19 pounds. Every hour and 20 minutes the buses leave from terminals 1, 2 and 3. If you come from terminal 5 then it takes more time. From terminal 4 passengers will need to take a free inter terminal train to the central bus station.
Travel in Oxford
Why is the rail station so far away from the main shire and city center? The story goes that in the 19th century, the Oxford dons fought a lot to make sure that the upcoming railways would not corrupt the students! But now 200 years later the scene is much different. From the rail station one can catch any bus to reach the city center. You can also take an X90 coach from central London (Victoria) into Oxford, the journey takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes and stops in a numbers of areas in Oxford.
There are three companies operating on the same routes and prices can be confusing. Hence they have now all got together to provide a ‘Smart Zone’ group of services. It all depends on which part of the town you will be staying. This will help you to figure out real time information on the bus timings of all services. Most places are walking distance but you will definitely need transport if you wish to travel from University Parks to Christchurch Meadow.
The Oxford Bus Company and the Stagecoach websites offer several transports for groups of tourists or single travellers.
Try the Thames travel website for advance booking. Do enquire about transport for parks and rides. Passengers and tourists coming from Reading, Henley and Walingford can use this website.
If you come from Wheatley or Aylesbury then use the Arriva services.
The City Sightseeing Bus is quite popular. It allows one to get a bird’s eye view of the county. The tickets can be used for 48 hours. Tourists can hop on or off as they enjoy the sights and sounds. Walk if you please or take the bus or stagecoach to the end of the town till River Thames.
Travelling Around Oxfordshire
A network of several bus and stagecoach services can be used to go from Oxfordshire to various villages. Once you have decided which villages to visit then transportation can also figured out. Take profile view of entire University town from Carfax Tower. Check where to shop at the pedestrian friendly stores, travel to parks or wander on the college campus of your choice.
People arrive from all over the world to get a glimpse of the ‘college town’ for students. As for the tourists, it is the city of ‘dreaming spires’ that beckons them to visit the shire along with quaint villages around it. The gorgeous town boosts of a fair amount of young population who add to the vibrancy of events, festivals, shopping delights, walking tours and castle expeditions are all exciting proportions for the uninitiated tourists.
The Oxfordshire County Council looks after the major transport that whizzes past in the lanes and major roads.
Parking is very limited. The par and ride system was first used in this town. There are 5 such sites with proper signposts. They are operational 7 days a week except on Sundays it works from Water Eaton.
The Westgate car park is the largest and enough to handle vehicles overground and is multi-storeyed. The others include the Gloucester Green under ground and Worcester Street car parks.
They are disabled friendly, have baby buggy access just like the trains that come to town. The rivers are used for boat rides to reach parts of the town and villages. Otherwise just like the locals, you can use a car or bicycle or a motorbike…better still walk on foot.
Buses 1 and 5 go to Cowley Rd from Carfax, 2 and 7 go along Banbury Rd from Magdalen St, and 16 and 35 run along Abingdon Rd from St Aldate’s. A multi-operator Plus Pass (per day/week/month £5/16/44) allows unlimited travel on Oxford’s bus system.
Stagecoach serves most of the small towns in the shire. If you will be using the bus often then it is best to get the Goldrider pass costing £18 which lets you free access on all bus routes for seven days.
Travel by train:
The Plusbus ticket offers economical and unlimited bus commuting when you start or even end your train journey.
- The most well known Cotswold Line passes Oxford and covers Long Hanborough, Finstock, Chalbury, Acott-under-Wychwood and Worcester.
- Tourists who come specifically for the Leamington Spa will use services that pass northern villages of Tackley, Lower Heyford and Banbury.
- Shopping delights of Bicester village can be done travelling from the verdant landscape of Islip village.
- The Didcot line passes through Radley, Appleford, Swindon and Reading.