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Getting to Oxford

Road Car: Oxford is about an hour's drive by motorway (M40) from west London, about three hours from Dover (M20, M25, M40). If you come by car, you should know that parking in Oxford is controlled throughout the city and is therefore difficult to find and/or expensive. However, there is a free park-and-ride facility at Thornhill on the London Road as you enter Oxford where you are permitted to park for 72 hours. There are buses into the city every few minutes. See Oxford Park and Ride.

 Bus: Buses from London are relatively inexpensive. Oxford Bus Company and Oxford Tube both have regular buses from central London to Oxford. Fares are around £20 return, discounts available. Travel times are about 100 minutes, longer at peak times.
Rail  Recommended. Regular trains from London Paddington to Oxford take an hour and fares, if booked in advance, can be as low as £8 return. Details and bookings on the National Rail website.

 From further afield Eurostar is the obvious choice, can also be very affordable if booked in advance. Eurostar now arrives in London's St Pancras station, from where it's a short ride on the underground to Paddington.
Air For those planning air travel, Birmingham and Southampton Airports are both well served by rail and only an hour or so by train from Oxford. They make pleasant alternatives to some of London's airports. Train tickets can be booked on the National Rail website and, again, are cheap if booked in advance.

 If you arrive at Heathrow both The Airline and National Express run buses to Oxford, £25 return, journey time about an hour from the Central Bus Station and from Terminal 5; they also run buses to Oxford from Gatwick (£35 return, up to two and a half hours); there are also buses from Luton and Stansted to Oxford (but not City airport). Note that buses between Stansted Airport and Oxford can take up to four hours.

 Oxford has its own airport and apparently has flights to/from Rome and Geneva (Baboo).