National Express run eighteen buses a day from Bournemouth Coach station to Oxford, but only three of them are direct. These take 180 minutes and costs as little as 21 GBP for an economy return ticket booked in advance. The bus (Number NX310) leaves from Bournemouth bus station (next to Bournemouth train station) on Holdenhurst Road and arrives in Oxford at Gloucester Green bus station. The non direct routes take you via London and Heathrow and can add 2 hours to the journey time.
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.
To connect from Bournemouth International Airport you will need to take the hourly shuttle bus service from Bournemouth International Airport to the coach and rail station (15 minutes - 4 GBP). From here you can catch bus or train services to a number of cities such as Oxford and other airports such as Heathrow, Stansted and Luton.
The fastest way to get from Bournemouth to Oxford is via train but this is normally more expensive than the bus. From Bournemouth train station there are plenty of direct trains to Oxford. They depart every 60 minutes throughout the day and run late into the night. The journey takes approximately 120 minutes and costs approx 32 GBP return. The train departs from Bournemouth train station 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 Bournemouth click on the button below.
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
(Mon 16th Mar, 2015)
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
(Wed 22nd Apr, 2015)
Annual Easter Egg Challenge at Blenheim Palace, including face painting and family fun.
May Day Celebrations 6am
(Fri 01st May, 2015)
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.