We are delighted to welcome you to Oxford, United Kingdom. Delegates travelling from outside of the E.U. should be aware that for many countries a visa will be required to travel into the UK. For advice on UK Visas, please visit the UK Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office website at www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa, for detailed information and advice.
Should an official letter of invitation be required for your visa application, this is available on request by emailing email@example.com, only for delegates who have registered and paid in full.
Validity of passports
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for travel and we recommend that you check with your local Embassy. Please note that some countries require your passport to be valid for up to 6 months from the date of return.
Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You’ll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Plus, the city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and only a few minutes walk from the main rail and coach stations.
The University of Oxford is not a campus university, so it is not all located on one site. It is made up of many different buildings, including academic departments, colleges and halls, located around the centre of Oxford. Many University buildings, such as gardens, libraries and museums, as well as many of the colleges, are open to visitors during the day, although please note that they may have varying opening hours, fees and rules for groups.
From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You can also get to Oxford by train from Heathrow via London, and from Gatwick via Reading.
From London Stansted airport, take the National Express 757 coach service.
London Heathrow International Airport, and Gatwick Airport are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach company, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Heathrow is the closest international airport to Oxford. Stansted Airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757, which runs approximately every two hours.
In our opinion, the easiest and cheapest way to get to Oxford is to take a bus from the airport that comes straight to the city. Buses run by The Airline leave Heathrow approximately every 20 minutes, and Gatwick every hour, and are large, comfortable coaches that allow you to sit back, relax, and watch the beautiful countryside.
From Heathrow, a return ticket costs approximately £19 and takes approximately 80 minutes from terminals 1,2,and 3, and 100 minutes from terminal 5 (for terminal 4 you will need to take the free inter-terminal train to either terminal 5 or central bus station). From Gatwick, a return ticket costs approximately £27 and takes approximately 120 minutes.
The buses make a few stops once they reach Oxford, and if you’re looking to get off at the main bus station, tell the driver you want to go to Gloucester Green (pronounced “Gloss-ster”).
Though we don’t recommend it, it is possible to take a standard taxi from the airport to Oxford (or, of course, from Oxford to the airport). It costs approximately £65 to/from Heathrow, and £100 to/from Gatwick, not including tip.
There are several companies that offer hire cars with fixed rates to get you to and from the airport. These offer similar rates than a standard taxi. If you would like to book these cars in advance, so that someone is waiting at the airport for you, click on the names of the companies to visit their website.
Airport Direct – 01865 452832
CCB Airport Cars – 01865 876699
Oxicars – 01865 875900
Oxfordshire Chauffeurs – 07792 350212
Oxford Airport Transfers – 01865 377775
Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.
For details and to plan your journey, see contact National Rail Enquiries.
Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford. Please use Google Maps
There are taxi ranks 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.
The country code is +44, and the emergency number is 999.
Local SIM cards are available at airports, and a variety of shops.
The United Kingdom observes Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during the winter months and British Summer Time (BST) in the summer months
Standard banking hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00-9:30 until 15:30 or 16:00 (some remain open until 17:30). ATM’s are available in most high streets, with 24hr cash withdrawal, (check your providers charges first).
The UK’s currency is the pound sterling (£ / GBP). Familiarise yourself with British currency with the following traveller information. There are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50.
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