If you are travelling to Oxford from London (including if you land at London City airport) the best option is to use the local transport network (i.e. Tube, Overground and/or buses) to reach either one of the stops of the Oxford Tube coach service or one of the rail stations for train services.
By coach (Oxford Tube service)
The Oxford Tube is the direct motorway coach service from London, running as often as every 10-15 minutes most of the day, every 20-30 minutes late evenings and hourly right through the night. Travel time is 90-120 minutes depending on traffic and departing point. Pay the driver or book online.
In Central London you can hop on at:
- Victoria Coach Station
- Grosvenor Square (opposite Victoria Station – note: this is the rail station as opposed to the coach station)
- Hyde Park/Marble Arch
- Notting Hill Gate
- Shepherd’s Bush
The coach will drop you off right outside Oxford Brookes University Headington Campus (in case you book on-campus accommodation) as well as in Oxford city centre. For more information please visit the Stagecoach Oxford Tube website.
Trains for Oxford depart from both Paddington and Marylebone stations in Central London. Trains depart approximately every 15-30 minutes throughout the day, and every 30 minutes in the late evening. The journey time is about one hour. If travelling from Marylebone, make sure to alight at Oxford Rail Station rather than Oxford Parkway, which is far away from the city centre.
Rail travel can be quite expensive in the UK. Booking tickets in advance is cheaper; do plan your journeys ahead, but always check travel restrictions (e.g. in most cases a reduced fare will only allow you to travel on a specific train or during ‘off peak’ hours).
For more information about train travel to and from Oxford Rail Station see National Rail.
If you book on-campus accommodation, from Oxford Rail Station, you can reach Oxford Brookes University either by bus (catch the BrookesBus U1 from the bus stop in Frideswide Sq., 100 metres from the station concourse) or taxi.
Taxis to Oxford from the airports and from Central London are very expensive. We advise travelling by coach or train. If you decide to use a taxi anyway, book in advance, so that the taxi will be at the airport or other pick-up address to meet you. Fares will vary depending on which airport you are arriving at or point of departure in London, but – as a rough indication they range between £70 and £120 per taxi.