Transportation from Oxford to London

Old Aug 4th, 2017, 01:11 PM
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From about Victoria COACH station:

"A taxi rank is outside the Coach Station on Eccleston Place."

From the National Rail description of London Victoria TRAIN station (NOT the underground which says there are no taxis):

"Taxi ranks are available outside at the front of the station (Terminus Place) and from the upper level (Victoria Place).

From Monday 1 October 2012 the station front facility will relocate to Hudson's Place due to TfL Underground building works - access via platforms 1 and 2. "
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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 05:38 PM
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>>JanisJ. Thank you! Do you know if there is a taxi stand nearby on Bayswater Road?ever seek out a taxi stand (unless I am at a train station where one does have to wait in a queue for the next cab).
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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 05:48 PM
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To help you visualize how things work . . .

As you can see in this photo -- there are two cars visible and four taxis and there is a man paying a cab driver under the light pole.

And in this photo -- the front taxi and 5th taxi are available (light lit) and the middle ones aren't

So -- just stand on the edge of the street looking at the traffic coming towards you, and when you see a yellow/orange light (they are bright) a block or half block down the road signal/wave - the driver will see you.
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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 10:39 PM
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It's worth adding that 99% of the time, hailing a cab on the street along Bayswater Rd is a million times less stressful than from the queue at the Victoria Station taxi rank.

Almost the only exception to that rule is when it's raining heavily.

Taxi ranks are as unBritish as bloody Uber (or heavy rain for that matter). Except under extraordinary circs, neither filthy foreign habit has any place in a civilised city.
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Old Aug 5th, 2017, 12:30 AM
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The absolute easiest thing to do is take a taxi on Bayswater Road after you get off the Oxford bus. There are usually plenty of taxis around, I know the area well. Just put up your hand if you see one with it's light on. If you don't see one straight away, walk a few steps to the corner where the Champion Pub is. The road next to it is a shortcut often taken by taxis.

And when it's raining heavily, go into the Champion for a drink first
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Old Aug 5th, 2017, 12:43 PM
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You are all the best. These responses made my afternoon. My hubby is all for going to the Champion Pub one way or the other.

I have never been to London before. I have been to many cities that had taxi stands and heaven help the person who attempts to either jump the line or get in a taxi out of order. Not pretty.

Thank you again. I think I can call this question settled.

Cindy P.
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