National Express run eleven buses a day from Birmingham Coach station to Oxford, but only five of them are direct. These coaches take 95 minutes and costs as little as 11 GBP for an economy return ticket booked in advance. A 33% discount on bus fares is available to those over 60 with the National Express Senior Coach Card, if you are aged between 16 and 26 a young persons coach card can also save you 33% on coach fares and there is also a family coachcard. The bus (Number NX421) leaves from Birmingham bus station on Mill Lane, Digbeth and arrives in Oxford at Gloucester Green bus station. To check times and prices of buses from Birmingham to Oxford click the button below. Be warned they can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance
There are also two direct buses a day operated by Megabus from Birmingham to Oxford starting at The Priory Queensway Stop which are very cheap, starting at as little as 1 GPB each way, but do need to be booked in advance. Be warned Megabuses do not stop in Oxford city centre, but instead drop you off at Water Eaton park and ride at the edge of Oxford see our park and ride bus section.This will cost you an additional 1.60 GBP to the city centre on a park and ride bus and no buses run on Sunday!
National Express and Megabus both operate bus services linking Birmingham International Airport to Oxford. Megabus operate two direct services a day from the Birmingham Airport to Oxford from as little as 1 GBP each way. Be warned Megabuses do not stop in Oxford city centre, but instead drop you off at Water Eaton park and ride at the edge of Oxford see our park and ride bus section.This will cost you an additional 1.60 GBP to the city centre on a park and ride bus and no buses run on Sunday!
National Express have a more frequent service but require a connection in Birmingham. The buses leave from Birmingham International Airport, Stop G, outside Terminal 1 to Digbeth Coach Station in Birmingham City Centre (this change will add approx 30 minutes to your journey time). You can then catch a coach direct to Oxford, Gloucester Green in Oxford city centre.
If you are arriving or departing from Oxford by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Gloucester Green, the central bus station. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Oxford City Centre. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Oxford see our guide to Oxford Bus Station.
The fastest way to get from Birmingham to Oxford is via train but this is normally more expensive than the bus. From Birmingham New Street Station there are plenty of direct trains to Oxford. They depart every 30 minutes throughout the day and late into the night. The journey takes approximately 70 minutes and costs approx 45 GBP return. The train departs from Birmingham New Street and arrives at Oxford train station.
If you are arriving or departing from Oxford by train, you will be using Oxford Train station in Park End Street. Oxford Train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains in Oxfordshire see our guide to Oxford Train Station.
It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return. To check prices and times for trains between Oxford and Birmingham click on the button below.
You can get a direct train from Birmingham International Airport is Oxford, by using the small monorail that connects the main airport terminal to the mainline railway station.
If you are travelling to Oxford by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Oxford Park and Ride facilities (free parking) located North, South, East and West of the city centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to the Oxford Park and Ride. If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located within the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Oxford. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Oxford there are several places to pick up a car. See our guide to renting a car in Oxford .
If you decide you would like to spend a little longer in Oxford to soak up the atmosphere and visit a few more attractions why not check out some of the Oxford Hotel Deals and see if anything takes your fancy?
Oxford Literary Festival
(Sun 16th Mar, 2014)
The Oxford Literary Festival offers a range of talks, discussions, debates, readings and lunches from authors and literary heroes. The main location is Christ Church college.
Blenheim Easter Egg Challenge
(Tue 22nd Apr, 2014)
Annual Easter Egg Challenge at Blenheim Palace, including face painting and family fun.
May Day Celebrations 6am
(Thu 01st May, 2014)
Spectators gather in their thousands to hear the choir of Magdalen College sing in the new May dawn from the top of their chapel tower.