From the train station
References to the train station refer to Oxford station, not the newer Oxford Parkway station. Please don’t go to Oxford Parkway station as it is in the middle of nowhere.
Exit the train station and walk past the bicycle racks, towards the Saïd Business School (a large white building). Continue with the Saïd Business School on your left and the Royal Oxford hotel on your right. Head along Hythe Bridge Street, past Wahoo on your right and over the bridge. Cross the road towards Nando’s, and up along George Street. Gloucester Green bus station will be just on your left.
Walk along George Street until you see Debenhams on your left and Waterstones right in front. Turn right and head down Cornmarket Street where you will find many eateries and stores, which you might want to return to for food. After you pass KFC on the right and St Michael’s Church on the left, turn right down St Michael’s Street (between Virgin Media and Austin Reed). Pass by the Nosebag and Mission Burrito and you will find the Union on your left.
From the coach station
Most coaches arrive at Gloucester Green. From there head towards George Street, passing Eurobar, towards the entrance used by the coaches where you will see Opium Den and Giraffe. Turn left and walk along George Street until you see Debenhams on your left and Waterstones directly in front. Turn right and head down Cornmarket Street where you will find many eateries and stores, which you might want to return to for food. After you pass KFC on the right and St Michael’s Church on the left, turn right down St Michael’s Street (between Virgin Media and Austin Reed). Pass by the Nosebag and Mission Burrito and you will find the Union on your left. Head on in through the little gate and there you are.
Trains from London leave for Oxford from both Paddington and Marylebone stations approximately every half hour, costing around £20 for a single trip, and taking approximately one hour. Tickets can be purchased from National Rail or at the station; note that they are significantly cheaper if booked in advance. Though this probably goes without saying, if booking a train to Oxford from Paddington or Marylebone, we recommend you ensure that you attempt to depart from the right station.
Coaches heading towards Oxford can be caught at London’s Victoria Coach Station. These depart frequently, with a number of trips per hour. London-Oxford is serviced by both the Oxford Tube and the X90. We would advise disembarking at Gloucester Green, the terminal and main bus station. Return tickets cost approximately £20 if you’re returning within 3 months (nb: they offer a student discount – don’t forget university ID!), and the journey time is approximately 120 minutes. Those purchasing tickets via Megabus.com are often able to secure cheaper tickets, but may nonetheless be serviced by the Oxford Tube.
From the airport
London Heathrow and Gatwick
Oxford is connected to both Heathrow airport and Gatwick airport by The Airline. These depart from Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 approximately every 20 minutes, taking roughly 1 and a half hour, and Gatwick every hour, taking roughly 2 hours. We would advise disembarking at Gloucester Green, the terminal and main bus station. From Heathrow, a return ticket costs approximately £30; from Gatwick, a return ticket costs approximately £38. Tickets can be purchased on the spot (cash only) or booked online. The Airline provides wifi access throughout the entire bus journey.
London Stansted and London Luton
Both London Stansted airport and London Luton airport are linked to Oxford by National Express 737, which runs approximately every two hours. The journey itself takes approximately 3 hours and a return ticket costs approximately £30.
Those arriving at London Stansted or London Luton may alternatively take advantage of low-cost travel to Central London, such as easyBus.co.uk before reaching Oxford via train or coach (see above).
Birmingham International Airport
Birmingham International Airport is connected with Oxford by both coach and train. National Express and Megabus both offer coach services. Megabus has two daily direct coaches but which stop at Water Eaton park and ride, requiring an additional park and ride bus connection to the city center. National Express has the occasional direct coach, but has more frequent services to Oxford if a change in Birmingham is included. CrossCountry has an hourly train service from Birmingham International Station to Bournemouth that passes through Oxford that takes approximately 1 hour.
Bristol International Airport
Bristol International airport has no direct travel connection with Oxford. You will need to make your way to Bristol Bus Station where you can catch National Express service to Oxford. There is one direct bus per day which takes just under 3 hours. Alternatively, you may take a train from either Bristol Temple Meads or Bristol Parkway and change for an Oxford-bound train at either Reading or Didcot Parkway.