Getting to Oxford

By Train

Oxford railway station is located on the western edge of the city centre, about 10 minutes walk from Carfax (the central point in the city). The station is managed by First Great Western, with services from London Paddington and Bristol, and is also served by Virgin Trains from Scotland to the south coast. Services to London Paddington run twice an hour during the day, with journeys taking around 60 minutes.

Information on rail journeys and fares to/from Oxford are available from National Rail Enquiries, telephone 08457 48 49 50 (national) or +44 (0) 20 7278 5240 (international); web site:

By Bus

Fast and frequent coach services link Oxford to London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.



In Oxford

Frequent local bus routes serving destinations in and around Oxford.

By Car

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8 and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34.

Approximate distances from Oxford
London (central)57 miles91 km
London Heathrow Airport46 miles74 km
London Gatwick Airport82 miles132 km
London Luton Airport49 miles79 km
London Stanstead Airport91 miles146 km

Park and Ride

Parking in the city centre is extremely limited and visitors to Oxford arriving by car are recommended to use the city's 'Park & Ride' service. Fast and frequent bus services link four car parks located adjacent to the ring road with the city centre, 7 days per week.

Contact Oxford Bus Company for timetables and prices. See The 'Park & Ride' car parks are: Peartree (to the north, off the A34), Water Eaton (to the North East, off the A4260), Thornhill (to the east, off the A40), Redbridge (to the south, off the A4142) and Seacourt (to the west, off the A34).