Getting Around Oxford & Cambridge

Getting Around Oxford

Oxford is well served by national road and rail links. Frequent 24-hour direct train services connect Oxford with London (peak times every 10-20 minutes). From Oxford train station, it's a ten-minute walk east to the centre.

Long-distance and countywide buses terminate at the Gloucester Green Coach Station. The Oxford Express service from London includes stops in Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon.

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by a direct 24-hour coach service. London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by National Express coaches.

Much of Oxford's historic city centre is now closed to private traffic, but all city centre attractions can be comfortably reached on foot or by bicycle. The lack of convenient downtown parking makes the city's Park-and-Ride scheme very attractive. There are Park-and-Ride car parks on all the main access routes into the city. The tourist office is very close to the Gloucester Green bus station.

Getting Around Cambridge

If you are coming from London, the best way is to arrive is by train. The train station is a mile or so southeast of the city centre and there are frequent buses that connect the train station to downtown Emmanuel Road.

If you are arriving by air, Stansted (London's third airport), is just thirty miles south of Cambridge on the M11. There are hourly trains from the airport to the city, in addition to regular bus services. Good coach services also link London’s other airports with Cambridge.

Much of the city centre is closed to traffic and on street parking is often difficult to find. If you are coming for a day-trip, the best option is a Park-and-Ride car park. They are signposted on all major approaches to the city.

The city centre is small enough to walk round comfortably. Cycling is an enjoyable way of getting around and has long been popular with locals and students alike. Bike rental outlets can be found all over town.