There are 4 direct buses a day between Southampton and Oxford, otherwise you will need to connect at either Heathrow airport or London. Direct buses take approximately 2 hours, while indirect buses can take 4 hours or more. The National Express Bus Station is on Harbour Parade in Southampton, or you can catch the bus at Southampton University. The first bus leaves at 0130 and the last one departs at 2025.
You can get a single ticket for around 15 GBP return. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Oxford see our guide to Oxford Bus Station.
The train is the fastest way from Southampton to Oxford, taking 1 hour 20 minutes to make the trip. If you are arriving at Southampton aiport it is also very convenient as there is also a station at the airport. Prices vary depending on time of day but are approximately 26 GBP return but can be had for less if you book in advance online.
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 Southampton 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
(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.