Plan your visit
Getting to Oxford
Arriving by car:
Parking in Oxford city centre is limited. Visitors are advised to use the Park and Ride system, which is clearly signposted from the Oxford ring road.
- North/north-east approach (A34/A4260), use Water Eaton Park & Ride.
- Southern approach (A34), use Redbridge Park & Ride.
- North/northwestern approach (A44/A40), use Pear Tree Park & Ride.
- Eastern approach from London (M40/A40), use Thornhill Park & Ride.
- Western approach (A420), use Seacourt Park & Ride.
For more information about the Park & Rides, see here. And, for details of car parks in Oxford city centre, see here.
Arriving by bus:
Oxford has an extensive network of local buses, making it easy to reach the city centre from all directions. For more information on local bus travel, please visit individual bus company websites: Oxford Bus Company; Stagecoach; and Thames Travel websites.
Arriving by train:
Oxford train station is a five-minute walk from the city centre with frequent and direct train services from London Paddington and Birmingham New Street. Oxford Parkway, north of the city centre, serves London Marylebone. At the station, you can hire bikes to get around town.
Getting around Oxford
Oxford city centre is compact and most venues are in easy walking distance. If you’re going further from the city centre, there are buses along most of the major routes out of town (see local bus company websites listed above). There are several taxi companies operating in Oxford. You can call a local taxi or alternatively walk over to Gloucester Green bus station or the train station and get one from there. Cycling is a great way to get around Oxford as the city centre is virtually flat. There are several dockless bike schemes operating in Oxford, like Ofo and Pony. Download the app and you can pick up a bike in key city centre locations.
There are great places to eat out all over the city centre (for example George Street, Cornmarket Street and the Wesgate Centre but Jericho and the Cowley Road areas also offer a wide range of places to choose from.
Remember to bring your water bottle!
Oxford has a network of over 100 Refill “stations” in local pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes all over the city where you can refill your water bottle for free. Just look for the blue Refill sticker on the door or window. Alternatively, you can download the Refill app and find the nearest Refill station to where you are.
Staying in Oxford
Hotels and B&Bs are bookable through all the usual channels. If you want to stay in Oxford city centre out of term time the colleges offer bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation, see here.