Travelling to and around Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is well connected by road, rail, river and cycle routes which link the county with major cities including London, Birmingham and Cambridge.

Trains to Oxford from London

Great Western Railway operates a regular service from London Paddington stopping at Didcot, Oxford and north through the county to the Cotswolds stopping at Long Hanborough, Finstock, Charlbury, Ascott-under-Wychwood and on to Worcester.

Chiltern Railway departs from London Marylebone with stops at Princess Risborough, Haddenham & Thame, Bicester Village, Islip, Oxford Parkway and Oxford station.


London Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Oxford

Visitors arriving at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick can take the Airline coach service directly to Oxford.  The service runs 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Journey times from Heathrow’s central bus station to Oxford Gloucester Green: 90 minutes. From Heathrow Terminal 5 to Oxford Gloucester Green: 80 minutes.

Journey times from Gatwick to Oxford Gloucester Green is 2 to 2.5 hours.


Birmingham International Airport to Oxford

The journey between Oxford and Birmingham Airport takes approximately 1 hour. There are various options to choose from, you can book a transfer with Royal Cars or Oxford Carriage Company. Alternatively, you can take a train from Oxford Railway Station to Birmingham International (Airport).


London to Oxford buses

Stagecoach’s Oxford Tube is a service linking London Victoria with Oxford’s Gloucester Green bus station with departures every 12 – 15 minutes at peak times.


Park & Ride – The Gateway to Oxford

The best way to travel to Oxford is to use the Park and Ride. There are 5 Park and Ride car parks located on the outskirts of Oxford with frequent onward bus journeys into the city centre.


Bus travel in Oxfordshire 

The Oxford Bus Company operates high-frequency services throughout Oxford along with the PickMeUp service and excellent Airline service.

Stagecoach has an excellent network of bus services across the county including the S5 route linking Oxford and Bicester Village. The S3 and S7 service linking Oxford and Blenheim Palace and the S4 linking Oxford and Banbury.

The City Sightseeing Bus is another way to explore the city and learn more about its history at the same time. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours, so you can hop on and off whenever you like.



Cycling is a very popular means of commuting in Oxfordshire. It’s also a great way for visitors to explore Oxford and surrounding areas.

The Carter Company offers unique cycling trips and is about creating authentic travel experiences, giving you the chance to discover hidden gems and local secrets across Oxfordshire and beyond into the Cotswolds and along the Thames.


Car & Minibus Hire

Customise your travel experience by hiring a car or minibus. Book a car, motorhome, motorcycle or one of Auto Europe‘s luxury vehicles for your journey. Compare car hire prices from all leading car rental agents across Oxfordshire with Rhino Car Hire.


City Car Parks

Please find parking places in Oxford here, there are a limited number of spaces at city car parks and we do recommend to use Park & Rides for a day visit to avoid disappointment in finding a parking space between April and September.