How to get to Oxford

From the Airport

London Heathrow International Airport, and Gatwick Airport are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach company, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Heathrow is the closest international airport to Oxford. Stansted Airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757, which runs approximately every two hours.


In our opinion, the easiest and cheapest way to get to Oxford is to take a bus from the airport that comes straight to the city. Buses run by The Airline leave Heathrow approximately every 20 minutes, and Gatwick 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 £19 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 central bus station). From Gatwick, a return ticket costs approximately £27 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 (pronounced "Gloss-ster").


Though we don't recommend it, it is possible to take a standard taxi from the airport to Oxford (or, of course, from Oxford to the airport). It costs approximately £65 to/from Heathrow, and £100 to/from Gatwick, not including tip.

Hire Car:

There are several companies that offer hire cars with fixed rates to get you to and from the airport. These offer similar rates than a standard taxi. If you would like to book these cars in advance, so that someone is waiting at the airport for you, click on the names of the companies to visit their website.

Airport Direct - 01865 452832
CCB Airport Cars - 01865 876699
Oxicars - 01865 875900
Oxfordshire Chauffeurs - 07792 350212
Oxford Airport Transfers - 01865 377775

Last updated Wednesday, 02 October 2013


From London

Our Recommendation:

Footprints Express London To Oxford is the most civilised of all the options for getting to Oxford from London. Small vehicles, complete with water and a gurrantted arrival for any tours you have booked with them.

Collections from Gloucester Tube Station (9am) to Broad Street in Oxford, returning from Oxford at 4.30pm. One way from £19 per person; currently only on Friday Saturday and Monday.


The Oxford Tube and the X90 both leave London's Victoria Station every 12-20 minutes, making stops at Marble Arch, Baker Street, Notting Hill Gate, and Shepherd's Bush before heading to Oxford's Gloucester Green. Tickets cost £17 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.

The Oxford Tube: 01865 772250

X90: 01865 785400


Trains from London leave Paddington every half hour, costing around £20 for a single trip, and takes approximately one hour. For national rail inquiries, call 08457 48 49 50 or visit their website. Note: cheap tickets can be purchased in advance for as little as £10 return. Check the website of contact National Rail for details.


Take the M25 to the M40. Get off at the A40 towards Oxford. Follow signs to the ring road. At the third roundabout, take your first left onto Woodstock Road (towards the city center). We strongly advise using the Park and Ride system as parking in Oxford is difficult and expensive.

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Parking in Oxford

If you are not staying at a hotel, you will need to park the car - bring plenty of change because parking in Oxford is expensive, and the traffic cops are diligent and omnipresent. If you want to save yourself some money and a lot of grief, we recommend using one of the many park and ride's on the outskirts of the city.

Oxford City Council operated Car Parks

Car Park Name



Nearby Postcode


1090 spaces + 32 parent and child bays

City Centre, opposite the Ice Rink


Worcester Street

182 spaces

Opposite Nando's in the City Centre


Abbey Place

80 spaces

Opposite the Ice Rink


Gloucester Green

100 spaces

Underground, close to the centre



75 spaces

Next to the Ice Rink. Car park. Coach and lorry park


St Clements

120 spaces

Near Magdalen Bridge


Union Street

96 spaces

Behind Tesco on Cowley Road


Ferry Pool Car Park

125 spaces

Ferry Sports Centre



115 spaces

Next to Ferry Pool



128 spaces

Next to Waitrose


St Leonard's

48 spaces

At junction of Windmill Road


Barn's Road

196 spaces

In Templars Square Shopping Centre


Walton Well Road


South end of Port Meadow


Hinksey Park


For park and swimming pool users only - restrictions apply


Please note - the postcodes used above are locations that are close to the car parks but not the actual car parks themselves.

Car Park Charges

Car ParkSpacesSUNDAY TO FRIDAY (NOT SATURDAYS) 8am - 8pmAll other times 
  0 to 1 hour1 to 2 hours2 to 3 hours3 to 4 hours4 to 6 hours6 to 8 hours8-24 hours 
Abbey Place80£2.50£4.10£6.10£7.70£11.70£17.70£22.30£2.50
Worcester Street182£3.20£5.30£7.30£8.90£13.60£20.60£24.70£3.20
Gloucester Green100£3.20£5.30£7.30£8.90£13.60£20.60£24.70£3.20
Car ParkSpacesSATURDAY ONLY 8am - 8pmAll other times
  0 to 1 hour1 to 2 hours2 to 3 hours3 to 4 hours4 to 6 hours6 to 8 hours8 + hours 
Abbey Place80£3.10£5.10£7.70£9.70£14.70£22.10£28£2.60
Worcester Street182£4£6.60£9.20£11.10£17£25.80£30.90£4
Gloucester Green100£4£6.60£9.20£11.10£17£25.80£30.90£4
Monday-Sunday 8am - 8pm 
St. Clements'120FreeFreen/an/an/an/an/an/a
Union Street96£1.10£160£3.10£4.10£4.60£12.80£12.80£1.10
Monday-Saturday 8am - 8pm 
Ferry Pool75£1.10£1.60£3.10£5.10£12.80£12.80£12.80£1.10
Monday-Saturday 8am - 8pm 
St. Leonard's Road48n/a£1.30£3.10£5.10£12.80£12.80£12.80£1.30

Oxpens Car Park Charges for Mini-buses, coaches and lorries

Mini buses 0 - 4 hours - £5.00 Mini buses over 4 hours - £7.50 Coaches for twenty four hours - £20.00 Lorries for twenty four hours - £12.50

RingGo - Pay for Parking by Phone

RingGo is a quick, easy to use mobile phone service, allowing you to pay for your parking with a credit or debit card over the phone, rather than using cash at a machine. The system is available in Oxford City Council operated car parks. When you park your car in a car park which features the RingGo service, you can simply dial the local rate number shown on nearby signs and pay for your parking over the phone. Visit the Council's RingGo pages for full details and register today.

Park & Ride:

All five Park and Ride sites are run by Oxfordshire County Council. Parking is no longer free at all sites. 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) (no Sunday services)


Parking charge 

Maximum Stay

Oxfordshire County Council Contact 


Water Eaton


72 hours

Information about Park and Ride: 01865 815649

Information on parking: 0845 337 1138 (choose option 3)

Pear Tree



1 day £1.50, 7 days £7.50 cash on site

Using phone and credit/debit card:
RingGo service Telephone: 01865 989000
1 day £1.70, 7 days £7.70, 28 days £30.90 includes text reminder 24 hours before expiry

RinGo Codes:
Pear Tree 3919
Seacourt 3918
Redbridge 3920

no maximum stay

Information about Park and Ride: 01865 815649

More information on park and rides from the Council website

There are no charges for parking at any of the car parks after 6.30pm until 5am the next morning. You can view space availability at the car parks by clicking here

What bus should I get?

Below is information about the bus services operating from the Park and Ride sites


Bus Number 


Redbridge to City Centre


The Oxford Bus Company

01865 785400 

Seacourt to City Cenre


The Oxford Bus Company

01865 785400 

Pear Tree to City Centre


The Oxford Bus Company

01865 785400 

Thornhill to City Centre


The Oxford Bus Company

01865 785400  

Thornhill to Churchill and Nuffield Hospitals


RH Transport

01993 869100

Water Eaton to City Centre


The Oxford Bus Company

01865 785400 

Water Eaton to John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital


RH Transport

01993 869100

Overnight Parking at the Park and Ride Sites:

You may park overnight, however there is a limit to the number of hours that you may park your car. At Thornhill and Water Eaton you may park for 72 hours, and at Peartree, Seacourt and Redbridge there is no maximum stay. Staff are on duty at the times shown below:


Water Eaton



Pear Tree


Monday to
























For further information visit the Park and Ride website. To find out where the Park and Ride sites are see the map: Park and Ride site map (112kB PDF)

Disabled Parking in Oxford:

Access to Blue Badge parking in main city centre streets

High Street Is closed to general traffic (at a point close to Queens Lane) between 7.30am and 6.30pm (every day). Access to Blue Badge parking at the western end of High Street is via Speedwell Street and St Aldates. Access to the spaces at the eastern end of the High Street and in Oriel Square is from the Magdalen Bridge direction or via Longwall Street.

Broad Street - The western end of Broad Street has been completely closed to all traffic. Blue Badge holders needing to reach the parking spaces in the rest of Broad Street are allowed access throughout the day but will need to approach via Parks Road (see map above).

Queen Street and Cornmarket Street - All traffic, including Blue Badge vehicles, is banned from 10am - 6pm. (only delivery vehicles are permitted outside these certain times).

Magdalen Street - All traffic, including Blue Badge vehicles, is banned at all times.

Turl Street, Market Street and Ship Street - Blue Badge holders are able to park on yellow lines subject to normal blue badge restrictions (excluding loading bans - see map). Between 10am and 6pm, barriers will prevent vehicles leaving both Ship Street and Market Street into Cornmarket Street (exit will need to be via Broad Street).

New Inn Hall Street and St Michael's Street - Blue Badge spaces in these streets are accessible throughout the day by approaching via Park End Street, Worcester Street and George Street. Between 10am and 6pm, a barrier will prevent exiting from St. Michael's Street into Cornmarket Street.

Merton Street and Oriel Square - During the period 7.30am to 6.30pm, Blue Badge holders need to approach the spaces in these areas by using a route over Magdalen Bridge, or via Longwall Street.

St Ebbes Street - The route to access these spaces is via Thames Street and Speedwell Street.

Official council website regarding Parking for people with disabilities in Oxford

The above parking cost and timing information was taken from the official council website

Last updated Wednesday, 02 October 2013