Arriving to Oxford

Oxford is well served by road and rail networks that give fast and direct access locally, nationally and from abroad. Useful information for arriving to Oxford is to be found below. The image on the right shows the location of Magdalen College and a map of the main College buildings can be downloaded by clicking here: Map

By plane

Oxford is easy to reach from all major airports, particularly Gatwick and Heathrow. To the north, it is also just over two hours from Luton Airport and over three hours from Stansted Airport. From all these airports there are fast and frequent road and rail networks leading to the heart of Oxford.

By bus

Both the Oxford Tube and the Oxford Espress offer a regular and efficient service, linking Oxford and London at very competitive prices.


Specifically for passengers landing at London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted Airport, National Express offers a constant coach service to Oxford. For those landing at London Heathrow and Gatwick, the Oxford Bus Company offers the Airline, which operates a constant and direct 24 hours a day service.


Coach travel to Oxford from other locations in the United Kingdom is possible too. For more information on this, please follow this link: National Express

By train

Oxford railway station is located on the western edge of the city, about 10 minutes walk from the city centre (see the map on the right). The station is managed by Thames Trains, with routes from Stratford-upon-Avon to London Paddington and Bristol, and is also served by Virgin Trains from Scotland to the south coast. Information on rail journeys and fares to and from Oxford are available from National Rail Enquiries.

By car

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8 and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34.