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Public Transport

Getting to Oxford

Visit our How To Get To Oxford page for full details on the best ways to get to the city.

Planning a journey on public transport in the UK

Traveline provides an online journey planner and timetables for any public transport journey in England. This includes details of all bus services in Oxfordshire, including up-to-date timetables. Visit the Traveline website to use their online journey planner and timetable search.

You can also visit the Transport Direct website to plan you journey using public transport, online.

Bus Services

Oxford City Council is not responsible for local buses in Oxford. If you are travelling within the boundaries of Oxford city, the two main bus companies are the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach Oxfordshire. Visit their websites for a detailed list of their bus services and up-to-date timetables.

People wishing to travel into Oxford should use the Park and Ride service. For information about Park and Ride sites, timetables and fares, visit the Park and Ride pages on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

Stagecoach's X5 service offers a regular service to Bicester Village, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge. This service leaves from Oxford Bus Station at Gloucester Green. Visit the X5 website for more information.

For more information on nationwide coach travel, visit the National Express website.

Rail Services

Visit the National Rail Enquiries website to plan your train journey and look at train times and fares. Alternatively, you can call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950.

Services include:

  • Regular services between Oxford and London Paddington. 
  • Services to the south (e.g. Basingstoke, Southampton and Bournemouth) via Reading. 
  • Services to the West Country and Wales changing at Didcot or Reading. 
  • Services to the north (e.g. Manchester) via Banbury and Birmingham New Street.
  • Service between Oxford and Bicester.

Oxford Train Station is located on Park End Street next to the Said Business School and is operated by First Great Western. Visit the Oxford Station Facilities page on the National Rail Enquiries website to see details of facilities and passenger services offered at the station.

Taxi Services

Hackney carriages are available at taxi ranks around Oxford, including the bus station at Gloucester Green and the train station. These are the only vehicles licensed by the Council that can legally stand and ply for hire in Oxford. Any other vehicle you hail may be dangerous and uninsured for public hire.

We also license a number of private hire vehicles in the city. These vehicles should not be hailed in the street and should be pre-booked. For names and contact details of taxi firms in Oxford, please see our List of Approved Operators.

How do I get to London from Oxford using public transport?

First Great Western operate a frequent direct train service from Oxford to London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes).

Stagecoach run a 24 hour bus service to London called the Oxford Tube. The Oxford Bus Company's X90 is a similar service. Both services leave from the Oxford Bus Station at Gloucester Green. Visit their websites for timetables and a full list of where each bus stops.

Visit the London Underground pages of the Transport for London website for information and maps of the London Underground.

How do I get to Heathrow/Gatwick/Stansted/Birmingham/Luton airport from Oxford using public transport?

The Oxford Bus Company runs a frequent bus service to Heathrow and Gatwick called The Airline. Visit their website for timetables and fares.

National Express service 757 runs a direct bus service between Oxford and Stansted. Visit the National Express website for full details. You should also visit this website for services to Luton Airport.

Both of these services leave from the Oxford Bus Station at Gloucester Green.

There is a direct train from Birmingham International to Oxford. Visit the National Rail Enquiries website for timetables and fares.

More information

You can also visit the Public Transport pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website for more information.

Page last updated 26 July 2013


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