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Oxford is centrally located in England and is easily accessible from many parts of the country. We recommend public transport as car parking is difficult, and certain roads in central Oxford are closed to private cars. Oxford is served by many coaches, buses, and trains.

Two small maps here give an overview. Map link showing the location of the Examination Halls.

All times and fares below are approximate. Prices are as of January 2003.


The train station in Oxford is about 15 mins walk from centre, and there are regular local buses.

British Rail was privatised some years ago and there are many independent rail services. This has led to some confusion in pricing. You can obtain discounts by booking in advance.
Trains from Station Frequency Journey time Cheapest 1) Standard 2)
London Paddington about every hour 1 hour £10 £30
Manchester Piccadilly hourly (direct service less frequent) approx. 3 hours (2 hours 40 minutes minimum) £20 £50
Liverpool Lime Street every other hour direct 2 hours 30 minutes £20 £50
Bristol Temple Meads direct connection terminates May 2003 Change twice: at Didcot and Swindon (time tba) £23 £28
Brighton . hourly with change 2 hours 30 minutes(direct) £15 £33
Leeds (via Birmingham or Manchester) . . 3 hours 45 minutes £48 £59
Edinburgh . about 7 times a day 6 hours 30 minutes £49 £99
Glasgow . every 2nd hour 5 hours 45 minutes £49 £87

1) Adult return: lowest fare ('supersaver' and other advance bought tickets).
2) Adult return: ordinary fare (bought on the day of travel), second class.

Note that some services are direct; some are not and you may have to change.

For traintimes please see or (this site does not qoute fares). For fares and other train information ring 08457 48 49 50.
You can book tickets on but you need to know the kind of ticket you want.
For cheaper advance booking on longer distance services ring 08457 000 125 (you need to know which train you want for this). For Virgin trains ring 08457 222 333 or see


For local transport (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Cambridgeshire) please see

The Coach station in Oxford is centrally located at Gloucester Green (next to the market square) which is about 10 mins walk from Congress venues. For buses from London the stop before the central bus station is called Queen's Lane and is almost directly outside the main entrance to the Examination Schools building.

Example: to arrive at about 8:45 am at the bus stop nearest to the Examination Schools you will need to take the 7:00 am bus from Victoria Coach Station. (Other pick-up points at Marble Arch, Gloucester Place, Hillingdon Station).

Bus from Bus station/stops Name Frequency Journey time Cost
London Victoria or Marble Arch or Shepherd's Bush Citylink X90 or Oxford Tube about every 20 mins during the day 1 hour 40 minutes approx. £15 return (see also Mega-bus below)

For details on the Oxford Citylink X90 please see

For details on the Oxford Tube please see

National Express is the largest coach company in England. For time and fare details please see

There is a new low-cost coach service serving the London-Oxford route, with prices in the region of £1-£5.You have to book in advance by the on-line facility. This link will take you to the time-table of the site from where you can navigate to booking.



Bus from airport Name Frequency Journey time Cost
Heathrow Airline bus X70 half hour 70 mins. £16 return
Gatwick Airline bus X80 2 hours 2 hours £25 return
Stansted Jetlink 757/767 2 hours 2 hours 45 mins £20 return
Luton Various: fastest journeytime involves changing in Heathrow airport 2 hours 3 hours minimum £36 return

For Heathrow and Gatwick to Oxford bus information phone: 01865 785400 or see

The buses from Heathrow and Gatwick stop at various places on their way to Oxford Central Bus Station. The stop before the central bus station is called Queen's Lane and is almost directly outside the main entrance to the Examination Schools building.

For Stansted and Luton to Oxford bus information phone:08705 757 747

National Express coaches and Jetlink serve Stansted and Luton airports. For time and fare details please see


How to get there: See the RAC route planner: or the AA Roadplanner:
Oxford city centre is often congested, and private cars are barred from some central streets. Parking is very limited. We recommend you use the Park-&-Ride scheme.

Four park and ride facilities, linking out of town car parks with City Centre with frequent buses. 60 pence for 24 hours but not secure for overnight parking. For timetables please see For the location of parking sites please see map on For more information please phone 01865 794307.

City Centre car parks £15 for 24 hours (open air).
£22 for 24 hours (secure underground).
These are all approx 10 mins walk from conference venues.


Two small maps here give an overview. See also for both large and small scale maps of Oxford city.

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