Organise your trip

Travel

Worcester College is located in the centre of Oxford on the junction of Beaumont Street, Walton Street and Worcester Street. The college is just across the road from the main bus and coach station, and is a 10 minute walk from the railway station and main shopping areas. A map of Worcester College can be downloaded here.

A map of Oxford showing the location of the Oxford Colleges is available on the University website.



By air

By air - from London airports

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach service, which operates a direct frequent service 24 hours a day (tel: +44 (0)1865 785400). It is also possible to travel by train from Heathrow to Oxford via London, and from Gatwick to Oxford via Reading.

London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach service, running every two hours (tel: +44 (0)8705 747777).

A list of taxi companies, many of which offer a bespoke airport pick-up service, can be found on Oxfordshire's Visitor Information Centre's website. 



By train

By train

A direct service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

The National Rail website has a number of travel tools available to alert passengers to any changes or disruptions in service, including Train tracker: 0871 2004950 or text 84950 (charges apply).



By coach

By coach

Frequent 24-hour direct services connect Oxford with London (peak times every 10-20 minutes).

The X90 service includes Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon (tel: +44 (0)1865 785410).

The Oxford Tube service includes Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush, and Hillingdon (tel: +44 (0)1865 772250).

For information on coaches to other major cities and airports contact National Express (tel: +44 (0)8717 818178). Coaches arrive at Gloucester Green Coach Station in the city centre.



By car

By car

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8 and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34.

Birmingham-Oxford: M40-A34
Bristol-Oxford: M32-M4-A34
Cardiff-Oxford: M4-A420
Edinburgh-Oxford: A74(M)-A74-M6-M42-M40-A34
Glasgow-Oxford: M74-A74(M)-M6-M42-M40-A34
London-Oxford: A40-M40-A40
Manchester-Oxford: M56-M6-M42-M40-A34
Newcastle-Oxford: A1-A1(M)-M1-A43-M40-A34
Nottingham-Oxford: M1-A43-M40-A34

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.



Parking

Parking in Oxford

Many Oxford streets are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services which operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts at Pear Tree, Woodstock Road (north); Water Eaton (north); Seacourt, Botley Road (west); Redbridge, Abingdon Road (south); and Thornhill, London Road (east).

For information on parking for the disabled in Oxford please see details of Oxford City Council's Blue Badge scheme.

The Oxford Bus Company runs buses from the following Park and Ride car parks on the outskirts of Oxford:

  • Redbridge (south) - OX1 4XG (located off the A34 from Abingdon, Didcot and Newbury.)  Approximate capacity is 1250 cars. Take the 300 bus to and from the city centre. 
  • Water Eaton (north) - OX2 8HA. Approximate capacity is 850 cars. Take the 500 bus to and from the city centre.
  • Pear Tree (north) - OX2 8JD.  Approximate capacity is 850 cars. Take the 300 bus to and from the city centre.
    Pear Tree and Water Eaton are accessed from the A40 (from Witney and Cheltenham, the A4260 (from Kidlington), the A34 (from Banbury, Bicester and Northampton) and the M40.
  • Thornhill (east) - OX3 8DP (located off the A40 from Thame, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, London and the M40.)  Approximate capacity is 850 cars. Take the 400 bus to and from the city centre.

See the Oxford Bus Company website for more information on timetables and fares for Park and Ride buses to the city centre.



By taxi

Taxis

Taxi ranks are located at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles' in the city centre.

A list of taxi companies can be found on Oxfordshire's Visitor Information Centre website.


If you require any assistance planning your journey, please e-mail conferences@iop.org stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.

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