The main operator of direct buses from London Gatwick Airport to Oxford is the Oxford Bus Company which operates a service called "The Airline", these can be booked through the National Express website. Buses run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Gatwick to Oxford and at peak times the service is as frequent as every 60 minutes although during the night they only run every 2 hours. The cost of a period return ticket is approximately 35 GBP to Oxford. 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 travel time from Gatwick Airport to Oxford is normally 120 to 150 minutes but can vary depending on traffic on the Motorways. For a printable timetable for the Airline with a map of where to get on and off the bus please download the timetable by clicking the following link The Airline timetable.
(Please note: If you buy a bus ticket using the form above for a specific time and you are delayed, the ticket will still be valid for any bus between Gatwick and Oxford for 24 hours from the original departure time.)
Buses depart Gatwick Airport for Oxford from both Gatwick North and South terminals (calling at the North Terminal last). All the buses from Gatwick to Oxford take you direct to the centre of Oxford to the main bus station, Gloucester Green. There are a few other stops in Oxford on the way into the centre. The Airline pick-up and drop-off points can be seen on our map. .
Gatwick Airport has its own railway station with trains connecting direct to London and other UK destinations. The trip to Oxford takes approximately 2 hours, requires one change in the city of Reading and costs approximately 30 GBP (if you are between 16 and 25 or a senior citizen you are entitled to 1/3 off with a railcard). Alternatively you could travel via London but this will require more changes and will take an extra half hour. The train can be an attractive alternative to the coach to Oxford because it avoids any issue with traffic and Oxford Station is just a 5 minute walk to Oxford City Centre.
If you choose to go by train from Gatwick to Oxford it is recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance. Tickets booked online are cheaper than just turning up at the station and can be posted to you or picked up at the station from an automatic machine when you arrive.
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 have a very early flight from Gatwick you may wish to spend the night before at a hotel near Gatwick Airport rather than spending the night on a bus!
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.