Oxford has an excellent network of bus routes with vehicles operating at regular intervals. Oxontime provides real-time information for all operators around the city, so you can check your bus is on time before you leave home or work. If you use a bus after 7pm, especially the Park and Ride buses, check whether they offer the option to ‘Stop on Special Request’, which means that they will stop at your request at bus stops usually passed in the daytime.

Tickets and passes

You must buy a ticket when you get on the bus. It is usually cheaper to buy a return ticket than two single (one-way) tickets. Please note that drivers will usually be unable to give change for large denomination bank notes, so it is best to have exact change or small notes to buy tickets. You can also purchase group tickets, day tickets (usually valid for a particular area) and weekly, monthly, annual or multi-trip passes. Discount and support schemes for University staff can be found at By Bus. Children under the age of five can travel free on all Oxford buses within the city and to London. Children between five and sixteen pay a reduced fare (usually about half the cost of an adult fare).

The two main operators are Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. In some cases, tickets can be used interchangeably for journeys with both companies, but you should check with the driver. 


All Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company buses are wheelchair accessible and some of the Oxford Tube and Airport buses are as well, althought they may only have room for one wheelchair at a time. For wheelchair accessibility in Oxford, please refer to Oxford City Council's Accessible Oxford Guide.


Most buses have designated space for buggies or strollers. You may need to give up the space if a wheelchair user gets on the bus, and the driver may ask you to fold your buggy if the bus is particularly full.