How to get there
Oxford is easily accessible by every form of transport which, to be honest, is not very surprising. The train station is served by all the most important neighbouring towns and cities such as London Paddington and Reading as well as local stations around Oxfordshire. Buses run frequently here also from many locations in and around Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and London. You will have no trouble getting here by car and indeed you can enter the city from several directions (see www.oxfordbus.co.uk and www.stagecoach-oxford.co.uk). The boat services in the summer are incredibly efficient and will give you no hassle whatsoever.
Oxford is well served by London Paddington although it takes a long time to get there. Stopping at 14 stations en route, the journey can take anywhere from one to one and a half hours long. That does mean, however, that you can go to Oxford from several important towns on the way, such as Slough, Maidenhead, Reading, Didcot Parkway, and Goring. It is also possible to get to the station from outlying areas such as Coventry, Birmingham, Stratford, and Warwick.
|Bus Route||From/To||Terminating or Midstop|
|X70||Heathrow (T4 & Central Bus Stn) to Oxford||Terminating|
|X80||Gatwick to Oxford (South & North Terminal)||Terminating|
|X90||London (Victoria Coach Station) to Oxford||Terminating|
|The Oxford Express - www.oxfordbus.co.uk
- Tel. 01865 785400
All the above services are run by luxury coaches, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (pay the driver as you get on)
|X39||Henley to Oxford||Terminating|
|Thames Travel - Tel. 01491 874216|
|X50||Stratford-Upon Avon to Oxford||Terminating|
|X59||Banbury to Oxford||Terminating (Magdalen)|
|Stagecoach - www.stagecoach-oxford.co.uk - Tel. 01865 772250|
|39||Henley to Oxford (1 per day)||Terminating (Queen St.)|
|105||Reading to Oxford||Terminating|
Of course, you can cruise down a river by yourself in a punt. There are also rowing boats and electric boats for hire on the Cherwell River and the Thames from April to October. The boat houses are on Folly Bridge (0961 115369), Magdalen Bridge (01865 202643), and Bardwell Road (01865 515978). Personally, I do not see much need in taking a regulation boat cruise because you can enjoy life down this stretch of the Thames in a far more profound manner by either hiring a punt or a boat for yourself.
From London and its suburbs take the A4 and M4 towards Oxford, eventually adjoining onto the A40 and M40.
From the south enter by the A34 and the A420.
From the east you can take the A4 as well.
From the north take the A41 which adjoins to the A34.