For new members of the University and their partners and families
Oxford is well connected to London, Birmingham, Reading and the rest of the UK by a network of road, rail, bus and air links.
There are frequent trains to London (Paddington or Marylebone) which take about one hour. Oxford also has good rail connections to other major cities. 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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