Getting Here and Around in Oxford
Getting Here and Around
Megabus, Oxford Bus Company, and Stagecoach Oxford Tube all have buses traveling from London 24 hours a day; the trip takes between 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours. In London, Megabus and Oxford Bus Company depart from Victoria Coach Station, and Stagecoach Oxford Tube has pickup points opposite Victoria Coach Station and the Marble Arch underground station. Oxford Bus Company also offers round-trip shuttle service from Gatwick (£32) every hour and Heathrow (£29) every half hour. Most of the companies have multiple stops in Oxford, with Gloucester Green, the final stop, being the most convenient for most travelers. You can easily traverse the town center on foot, but the Oxford Bus Company offers a one-day ticket (£4) for unlimited travel in and around Oxford.
Trains to Oxford depart from London's Paddington Station for the one-hour trip. Oxford Station is just at the western edge of the historic town center on Botley Road.
To drive, take the M40 northwest from London. It's an hour's drive, except during rush hour, when it can take twice as long. In-town parking is notoriously difficult, so use one of the five free park-and-ride lots and pay for the bus to the city. The Thornhill Park and Ride and the St. Clement's parking lot before the roundabout that leads to Magdalen Bridge are convenient for the M40.
The Oxford Tourist Information Centre has information on the many guided walking tours of the city. The best way of gaining access to the collegiate buildings is to take the two-hour university and city tour, which leaves the Tourist Information Centre daily at 11 and 2. City Sightseeing offers hop-on, hop-off bus tours (£13.50) with 19 stops around Oxford; your ticket, purchased from the driver, is good for 24 hours.
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