If you are arriving at Bristol International airport you will first need to take a bus to Bristol city centre, before changing to a national bus service to Oxford. There are two options local bus services or the Bristol Airport Flyer service. The flyer service costs 6 GBP for a single and 9 GBP for a return to Bristol Bus Station. As there is no railway station at the airport the only other options are taxi or hire car.
If you are planning to travel on to any other city other than Bristol it is best to buy a combined National Express and Bristol Airport Flyer ticket. This ticket includes the transfer to Bristol city centre in your onward ticket to another city such as Oxford.
If you are time rich, but cash poor, you could consider taking Megabus to Oxford via London due to their very cheap fares starting at just 1 GBP one way. Megabus operates 6 buses a day between the Colston Hall Stop, Bristol City Centre and Victoria Coach Station, London where you can connect to the Oxford megabus service which is even more frequent. See our London to Oxford section for details of the London to Oxford service. The only problem with this route is that it involves travelling in and out of London which can be very congested and slow so might take much longer than scheduled...
The fastest way to get to Oxford from Bristol is to get the train from Bristol Central train station. There are no direct trains between Bristol and Oxford. You will need to take a train from Bristols main city centre station, Temple meads or Bristol Parkway (on the outskirts of Bristol), towards London. You will then need to change at Reading to get a connecting train to Oxford. On a good day the journey should take approximately 1.5 hours with prices starting at 18 GBP one way.
For cheapest fares avoid travelling at peak commuting times, use the button below to check prices and times - it is advisable to book online and have the tickets delivered as the availability of cheap tickets are limited and they are more expensive if you buy them at the 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
(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.