National Express runs eight buses a day from Manchester to Oxford with a connection in Birmingham terminating at the central bus station (Gloucester Green) in Oxford. It takes between 4.5 and 6 hours and costs 17 GBP for a single and 34 GBP for a return. To book in advance on the secure official website just click the button below:
For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Oxford see our guide to Oxford Bus Station.
Megabus also operate a daily service from Shudehill Interchange, Manchester to Water Eaton Park and Ride, Oxford once a day. This can be the cheapest way to travel between the two cities with fares as low as 1.50 GBP one way for those who book online up to three months in advance. One thing to note is that Water Eaton Park and Ride is on the outskirts of Oxford and you will require another bus (1.60 GBP single or 2.50 GBP return) or a taxi from here to the Oxford city centre.
Another alternative is to take the train direct to Oxford from Manchester or Manchester Airport. The trains depart once an hour and take approximately 3 hours to make the trip between Manchester and Oxford.
The cost varies depending on the time of day with the morning and evening rush hours being the most expensive. If you book in advance you can get the tickets for as little as 27 GBP for a single or 54 GBP for a return ticket. Strangely it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets than one return ticket. To check train times and prices use 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
(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.