The best way to get around Oxford is on foot or bicycle. However, if you're not big on walking or cycing, or you want to go somewhere a little outside your walking comfort zone, there are other options.
There are several taxi companies operating in Oxford. They are clearly marked, and are very distinctive looking. Only get in a car that you know for sure to be a licensed taxi. You can call any of the taxi's listed below, you can hail one, or you can walk over to the Gloucester Green bus station or the Train station and get one from there.
001 Taxis - 01865 240000
ABC Taxis - 01865 770077 / 775577
Radio Taxis - 01865 242424 / 249743
Royal Cars - 01865 777333
City Taxis - 01865 201201
Euro Taxis - 01865 430430
Oxford has an excellent bus service. The main bus stop is on Magdalen Street, between Debenhams department store, and the cinema. There are poles which indicate where you should stand for which bus, and the schedules are posted here as well. Buses run fairly often, so you're never left standing for too long. Pay the driver when you get on, and tell him/her if you want a return ticket or a single ride. There are often printed schedules near the driver if you want to take it with you to plan your return trip.
Click here to visit the official website of the Oxford Bus Company for maps and timetables.
Tip: If you are not standing at a main bus stop (i.e. on Magdalen Street), but are at a marked bus stop, you must 'hail' the bus by waving at the driver.
Key bus - the #2 and #7 bus goes up the Banbury Road from the city center to Summertown
Bicycling is a great way to get around Oxford, as the city is virtually flat. Be aware that bike theft is quite rampant - especially at night after the pubs close - so keep your bike locked up when you're not on it.
150 Cowley Rd, 01865 424 444, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rent a bike from £10 for one day, £18 for two days, £24 for three days, £36/week. Take the #1, #5, or #10 bus (towards Cowley Center or Blackbird Leys) to get there.
28-32 St Michael's Street (city centre) OX1 2EB - [the old maltbys book binder premises] 01865 833622
200-202 Banbury Road, Summertown OX2 7BY - 01865 316885
Short-term hire ( traditional upright city bikes with basket, Lock, and Lights):
One day £15, extra days @ £5 a day
1st week £30, extra weeks @ £20 a week
Deposit: £100 per bike (cash or card)
Longer-term bikes also available, Please call us for info. Please call in advance to reserve a bike. Call: Summertown 01865 316885 Bikezone(city centre) 01865 728877
Bainton Bikes, Operating from Walton Street Cycles, 78 Walton Street, Oxford OX26EA, 01865 311610
Offering Bicycle hire and Tours. We have the largest and most varied bikes in Oxfordshire. All bikes are equipped with mudguards, lights and locks, hire includes mechanical support (including any unfortunate punctures). Free delivery and flexible opening times available. Short and Long term hire available.
Oxford Cycle Hire, 07907 952 832
Quality bike hire with free delivery within the Oxford area. Lights & locks included in hire, children's bikes available.
The Cycle Centre, 85 Walton Street OX2 6EA, 01865 554646
Bicycle hire, repairs and sales
We are Oxford’s leading bike hire company, and our high quality Kona hire bikes are fully safety checked, and come complete with lights and lock. Bike hire for £10 per day, £25 per week and even a weekend rate at £20.
We can deliver the bikes to you at your home, work or hotel.
Rent and Ride, 1 James Wolfe Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2PY, 07717 131 431
Bike hire from £5 per day, £15 per week and even a weekend rate at £10. All hires include a lock, helmet and lights. Deposit and proof of address and ID required.
Oxon Carts - Oxford Tours and Taxi
Cycle rickshaw tours, taxis, weddings and deliveries
Zipcar is easier than Oxford car rental and car ownership. Enter your address (or neighborhood) to find Zipcars near you. Or enter your work address or best friend's address to view the cars in those areas. (You never know where you'll be when you want a Zipcar!) You can also learn more about the cars, like how many groceries or friends you can fit (safely) inside. View the Website
Anyone with a mobility impairment may borrow a free self propelled, or battery operated wheelchair or scooter to travel around Oxford city centre. The scheme is run by Oxford City Council and is affiliated to the National Federation of Shopmobility. Anyone with a mobility difficulty as a result of permanent or temporary disablement, age, accident or illness may take advantage of the scheme.
Available Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4pm plus some late night shopping days and special occasions. You must book your free wheelchair or scooter at least one day in advance by calling 01865 248737. Volunteer escorts are also available between 11:30am and 3:30pm on Thursdays during college terms to accompany users who require help with shopping. Oxford Shopmobility is based on level 1a of the Westgate Shopping Centre multistorey car park, which should be approached via Norfolk Street. Non-drivers may be able to use the local Ring-a-ride service by calling 01865 744478 for details.