Due to its proximity to London, the university city of Oxford becomes a popular and recommended getaway destination. The capital of Oxfordshire County is about 60 miles from the city (about 96.5 km) and the journey is done comfortably in about an hour and a half. Whether you’re on public transport or in your own car, Oxford is reached during a Premier League match. However, it’s not the same to travel directly from the airport once you land as it is to depart from London itself. So whatever you choose here we explain in detail the different ways to do it so you don’t have to worry about anything other than not being late.
Airports: Heathrow and Gatwick are better options!
London has six airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend and London City. Oxford is best served by the first two Airline buses. They cover all terminals, run 24 hours a day from 1 AM and take between an hour and a half and two hours to complete the journey. The final stop is at the bus station, but once they enter Oxford they stop at other points. In terms of fares, the single ticket is worth £23 from Heathrow and £28 from Gatwick. Closed round-trips cost £30 and £32 respectively.
On the other hand, if you don’t choose either of these two airports you can also get there from Luton or Stansted. This is where the state bus company, National Express, operates with its line 737. Taking one from either of these two places would cost 30 pounds (Luton) or 40 pounds (Stansted) and the time it would take you to get there would be between two and four hours. When it comes to Southend and London City it has to be said that they have no connection whatsoever with Oxford.
CITY: buses from Victoria Station city
If you are staying somewhere in London or you are a direct resident you can travel by train or bus. The train connection is good from London Paddington (less than an hour’s journey) and the price of a return ticket is around £25. However, the bus again becomes the most attractive option. Two services operate mainly: the Oxford Tube and the X90. Both depart from Victoria for the same route at the same price: 18 pounds round trip. The advantage is that more frequent (a service every 15 minutes during the day) and the possibility of taking it 24 hours a day.
Finally, if you have your own vehicle and don’t want to depend on public transport timetables, you can get to Oxford by taking the M40 in the direction of Birmingham. We recommend that you read our article on parking in Oxford to save time and also some headache.
In our tours we have also met people who have come from Birmingham, which makes us consider this city also as a starting point. The distance is even shorter compared to London, as the tour is completed in approximately one hour regardless of the transport used.
Its airport is connected to the Airline (the service was recently launched) and with the National Express you can depart from the city by taking the number 310. Ticket prices range between 20 and 25 pounds both ways. On the other hand, those who prefer to travel by train can find tickets for 37 pounds round trip and direct connection, without transfers. Finally, the M40 to London is the best option for getting around by car or motorbike.