By Air

Oxford is well connected to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. 

Heathrow Airport served by The Airline bus service (frequent buses, takes around 90 minutes) and National Rail (more expensive, via the Heathrow Express to the centre of London)

Gatwick Airport served by The Airline bus service (frequent buses, takes about 2½ hours) and National Rail (most trains change at Reading station)

London’s other airports (Luton, Stansted and London City) are less well-connected to Oxford: reliable travel directions can be found here.


By Rail

Oxford is served by Oxford Central Station and Oxford Parkway Station.

See National Rail enquiries or TheTrainLine for information on train times and fares.  Note that train tickets can be substantially cheaper if purchased 2 weeks in advance.  Both stations are well served by local Oxford buses.

Oxford Central Station is a 15-minute walk or short cab ride from the FLoC venues; Oxford Parkway station is further away but well connected to FLoC venues by bus and taxi.

If you are coming by Eurostar, you’ll come in to London St Pancras Station.  From there, you need to take the Tube to Paddington Station, and from there you can get a train to Oxford.  The connections are pretty well signposted and the trains are frequent – be sure to book the London-Oxford train tickets in advance (see above) for cheapest fares.


By coach

Express coach services run between Oxford and London (1-1½ hours), London Heathrow, Birmingham and other destinations nationwide.

The Coach Station at Gloucester Green is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the Mathematical Institute.

National Express services to Oxford (details)

Oxford Tube and X90 bus services to Central London (about 90 minutes, 24-hour service, very frequent)


Local Oxford buses

The main FLoC venues (the Blavatnik School of Government and the Mathematical Institute) are served by buses 2, 6, 300, 500 and 700.

Times and fares can be found on the Oxford Bus Company website.  From East and South Oxford, buses will stop at the end of Cornmarket: a 10-minute walk from the FLoC venues.


Local taxi firms

There are standing taxi ranks at Gloucester Green coach station and Oxford City rail station.

Taxis can also be booked in advance (often substantially cheaper than hailing one on the street). Google will find you lots of companies, but here is a starting point.  They all offer relatively economical airport transfers as well:

Radio Taxis: 01865 24 24 24 online booking available.

 A1 Taxis: 01865 248 000 online booking available.

Go Green Taxis: 01865 922 222 online booking available.

Royal Cars: 01865 777 333 online booking available.




The main FLoC venues (the Mathematical Institute and Blavatnik School of Government) are new buildings with modern accessibility design (level-ground building access, automatic doors, elevators, wheelchair accessibility in the lecture theatres, hearing loops, accessible bathrooms and trained facilities staff).  We will conduct an audit of the other venues and post accessibility considerations here.  If you have any special requirements, please let us know.

In terms of getting around: all of the London Black Cab-style taxis (the kind you can hail in the street) are wheelchair-friendly (see video demo here).  Minicabs (the kind of taxi you can book by telephone) are not always accessible vehicles but if you tell the dispatcher about your requirements they should be able to send you a suitable car.  Public buses in Oxford have dedicated wheelchair/baby stroller space and roll-on-roll-off “kneeling bus” design.  Note however that there is only one wheelchair space per bus and if it is full, you will have to wait for the next bus.  The coaches to central London and to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are advertised as “100% wheelchair accessible fleet and driver training” but some coaches are newer than others – you might want to contact the Oxford Bus Company to find out more.

Since some of Oxford’s infrastructure (especially the Colleges) is literally medieval, accessibility can be patchy, but the Oxford City Council has been making an effort to open up the central public areas and they have published a helpful set of accessiblity guides to the city.

While you’re here

See our page of things to do.  See also:

Oxford City Guide

Experience Oxfordshire (tourism in the Oxford area)

Oxford Daily Info (local events and nightlife)

Click on the “show menu” symbol () below: there are various layers of useful information, including a “travel” layer showing key bus and train routes.