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Taking a coach is a convenient way to reach the historic centre of the university city of Oxford. Coach travel avoids having to find one of the very limited number of city centre car parks or, alternatively, needing to leave the car in one of the park and ride car parks on the outskirts of the city. Oxford enjoys excellent coach connections with destinations across the United Kingdom, and particularly with London. A fast bus service leaves London Victoria coach station for Oxford, with departures every 15 minutes throughout the day and night.
Gloucester Green bus station in the centre of Oxford is the main coach station for the city. Coaches from many destinations also stop at other bus and coach stops throughout the city centre and the surrounding suburbs. Headington Road is one of the most popular of these subsidiary bus and coach stops.
National Express, and the Oxford Tube provide the majority of coach services to Oxford. Local buses provide a supplementary service. National Express coaches arrive from destinations across the United Kingdom while the Oxford Tube connects Oxford with London.
Travelling by coach to Oxford enables passengers to arrive in the very centre of the city. The main coach station is closer to many of the city's main attractions than the railway station, which lies around half a mile further out. Additionally, the frequency of coach and bus services into the city ensure there is plenty of choice of departure and arrival times for passengers. The Oxford Tube is particularly convenient, with services that run 24 hours per day.
Although Gloucester Green bus station provides toilets and refreshment facilities for passengers, its location in central Oxford means that it is easy to reach a wide variety of shops, restaurants, museums and, of course, many of the colleges of the University of Oxford. For something rather different, Blackwells on nearby Broad Street is the location of the Norrington Room, an enormous underground room that has the distinction of being the world's largest room of books for sale. As well as taxis, an extensive network of local buses provides road transport for those looking to travel beyond the city centre, and there are also several cycle hire outlets.
The town of Oxford is well connected to the capital and most corners of the UK. There are direct buses from London Victoria to Oxford, which depart every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the day; taking under 2 hours to reach Oxford with The Oxford Tube. National Express operates direct coaches to Oxford from major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and various other places along the south east coast.
Buses to Oxford arrive at Gloucester Green Bus Station, which is a 5 minute walk from the city centre. It's located behind the Gloucester Green Market where you can pick up vintage and second hard pieces. The area is also the hub for local bus services operated by the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach which serve the town and surrounding area. Getting a coach to Oxford is simple, as they depart from many different cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Cambridge. Taxis are available outside the train station.
Oxford, which lies on the Thames and Cherwell Rivers, is the oldest university city in the UK. As many as 7 million people visit Oxford to see its famous, prestigious university campuses and beautiful architecture dating back to the 12th century. The Medieval churches and college buildings, many of which can be visited, are often referred to as Oxford's 'Dreaming Spires'. World famous museums, such as the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers have collections of archaeology, historic artefacts and art from around the globe.
Being a university town, Oxford has a lively nightlife, with many bars as well as restaurants and cafés for all budgets. The town centre has mainly been pedestrianised; the council would like everyone to use to Park and Ride and avoid travelling through the one-way city centre which can get very busy. This means travelling by coach to Oxford is often much more convenient and stress-free than taking the car and having to park it.
The area of Jericho is comparable to Shoreditch in London, with art, cafés and cobbled streets as well as striking Victorian town houses. The University of Oxford Botanical Gardens is well-worth a visit and the imposing Blenheim Palace, set in the picturesque town of Woodstock, is just a short drive away. Dedicated shoppers will find plenty to buy at the nearby Bicester Outlet Village with discounted designer shops line a charming pedestrianised street.
Travel to Oxford on Megabus, National Express and Cross Country coaches with Omio. When comparing timetables and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.
National Express is the leading coach operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 coaches a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveller in mind. All National Express coaches are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most coaches are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the coach to Oxford: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.