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.