Beyond Oxford

Oxford is well connected to London, Birmingham, Reading and the rest of the UK by a network of road, rail, bus and air links.


Oxford has two train stations. 'Oxford' station (OXF) is a short walk to the west of the city centre. 'Oxford Parkway' (OXP) is on the northern edge of the city, but can easily be reached by the Park & Ride 500 bus service. Both stations have direct trains to London (in about one hour). Trains from Oxford go to London Paddington, those from Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone. More generally, Oxford has good connections to stations across the UK. You can check times and buy rail tickets through National Rail Enquiries.

Fares depend not only on the length of your journey but also on the time of day when you would like to travel. Travelling at 'peak' times (before 9am and in the late afternoon) can be quite expensive. Travel at other times is referred to as 'off peak'.

You may be eligible for a railcard depending on your age and/or occupation. Railcards offers significant discounts on train fares and often the price of the card is paid off with your first journey.

If you use the train for your commute to Oxford you may want to buy a season ticket (weekly, monthly or annual). You can find discount options for staff at Travelling by train.


Bus or coach links

Oxford is well connected to other areas within the UK, as well as to London and all major airports.  Useful links for transport when travelling out of town:

Stagecoach buses

Thames Travel buses

National Express buses

Oxford Tube to London

The Airline (coach services to London Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports)


The closest airports to Oxford are London Heathrow and Birmingham. London Gatwick, London Stansted and London Luton are further away, but can be reached by direct coach from Oxford. If you are travelling by road, Bristol, Southampton and East Midlands airports are all within two hours drive. 

Oxford does have a local airport (known as London Oxford) but it is largely a training and private aviation centre.

Frequent traveller?

You may be able to apply for the Registered Traveller service (check the website for eligibility). On payment of an annual fee, you will be able to get through border control more quickly at major UK airports and Eurostar train terminals.