Getting around

Amongst UK cities, Oxford has the second highest percentage of people cycling to work, though many also choose to travel by bus or train, particularly if they live in nearby villages or towns. Its public transport system is efficient and reliable. You can find detailed information on all forms of transport, liftsharing (carpooling), journey planning  and how to get in and out of Oxford on Oxfordshire County Council's Travel Choices website. The University provides regular minibus shuttle services on three routes between its major science research sites.

If you are travelling within the city and have lots of luggage, you can find taxi ranks at the rail and coach stations. You can find more information on booking a taxi here, including the difference between a Hackney Carriage ('black cab') and a licensed private hire vehicle. You can also book taxi transfers to the nearest airports if required.

The rail system links Oxford to many major cities including London (just under an hour to Paddington or Marylebone), Reading (30 minutes), Birmingham (1.5 hours) and Manchester (3 hours).

Coaches (not to be confused with local buses) are also a convenient means of transport. The OxfordTube and X90 are popular services connecting Oxford to London. There are direct coach services to London Heathrow, Gatwick, and Birmingham airports.

If you or your visitors would like to travel further afield, you may wish to hire a car. You can find advice and a list of local car hire firms here.