Getting there & away
Competition on the Oxford–London route is fierce, with three companies offering cheap and cheaper services at all hours of the day and night.
Oxford Espress (785400; www.oxfordbus.co.uk) Runs up to every 15 minutes to Victoria coach station (return £13, 1½ hours).
Megabus (www.megabus.com) Coaches run every half-hour to Buckingham Palace Rd (one way from £1, 1¾ hours).
Oxford Tube (772250; www.oxfordtube.com) Runs every 10 minutes to Buckingham Palace Rd (return £13, 1½ hours).
The Heathrow Express (£19, 70 minutes) runs half-hourly 4am to 10pm, hourly midnight to 4am, while the Gatwick Express (£27, two hours) runs hourly 5.15am to 8.15pm and every two hours 10pm to 4am.
Stagecoach serves most of the small towns in Oxfordshire and runs the X5 service to Cambridge (£7, 3½ hours) roughly every half-hour. If you’re planning a lot of bus journeys it’s worth buying a Goldrider pass (£18), which allows unlimited bus travel in Oxfordshire for seven days.
Thanks to a complicated one-way system and a shortage of parking spaces, driving and parking in Oxford is a nightmare. Drivers are strongly advised to use the five park-and-ride car parks on major routes leading in to town. Three car parks are free to use, the others cost 60p. The return bus journey to town (10 to 15 minutes, every 10 minutes) costs £2.
There are half-hourly services to London Paddington (£18.80, one hour); and roughly hourly trains to Birmingham (£20, 1¼ hours), Worcester (£16.40, 1½ hours) and Hereford (£14.70, two hours). Hourly services also run to Bath (£17.20, 1¼ hours) and Bristol (£18.70, 1½ hours) but require a change at Didcot Parkway.