Oxford’s Required Information

Currency

The UK currency is the pound sterling (£/GBP)and there are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). There are numerous bureaux de change in Oxford– often located inside banks, travel agents or Post Offices, as well as at airports and major train stations. Credit and debit (bank) cards – especially Visa and Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards – are widely accepted.
Contactless cards are widely used in the UK and many businesses accept them as payment, up to a limit of £30 per transaction. Travellers can use a contactless card instead of an Oyster card (Electronic ticket for public trasport in the UK) when using public transport in Oxford.
Also, There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) dotted around Oxford.

Power outlets

UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off – make sure you’ve turned it on if you’re trying to charge your appliance!
UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher.

Medications

If you are taking prescription medication, we recommend that you bring enough to last your entire trip. For prescription medicines, a letter from a healthcare practitioner may be a useful or essential requirement.

Air travel

Airports to go to Oxford:

  1. London Oxford Airport (OXF)
  2. Gatwick Airport (LGW)
  3. Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  4. London Stansted Airport (STN)

take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day.

Train travel

Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading, and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

For details and to plan your journey, see contact National Rail Enquiries.

Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford. Please use Google Maps or our interactive map to find your way from the station to the part of the University you are visiting.

Public transport

Buses

England’s iconic double-decker buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Oxford has the UK’s first integrated transport system outside London! The handy SmartCard allows you to use buses from any operator within the Oxford Zone (encompassing Kidlington, Cumnor, Kennington, Garsington, and Wheatley). And you are allowed to lend your SmartCard to someone else when you’re not using it. Unlike London, you can still pay in cash on all Oxford buses, but these days you can use contactless too. The Oxford Bus Company has detailed information on Park and Ride locations, timetables and fares.

Trains

Oxford recently got a shiny new out-of-town train station! Apparently, it’s the first new link to run from a major British city to London in more than 100 years. There are now two trains per hour running from Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone, each with wifi and plug sockets. Also stops at Bicester Village, where the announcements are in English, Mandarin, and Arabic.

The Train Line
Timetables and booking for all train operators.

National Rail Enquiries
Everything The Train Line does, but a slightly less user-friendly website.
Tel: 03457 48 49 50 (24 hour info)

Oxford and Oxford Parkway departures and arrivals boards
Incredibly useful live lists of arrivals and departures – check out cancellations and delays before you pop off to the station.

alternative transport

Car Sharing

Oxford is notoriously unfriendly to cars. With a fiendish one-way system, permit-controlled parking and good Park & Ride options, many choose to live without a car in the centre of the city. So when you’re trying to get outside the ring road you might need the use of a car occasionally. Car- and lift-sharing can be the ideal solution, and as ever there are plenty of options!

For info on Car Sharing schemes / Car Clubs in Oxford see below:

Liftshare.com
Nationwide journey-sharing website.

BlaBlaCar.co.uk
Similar to Liftshare but with ratings based on how sociable your driver is. With ladies-only and other security options. If you fancy a sudden trip but don’t care where you go, put in Oxford as your starting destination and leave everything else blank. You might be surprised at your options!

Taxi

There are taxi ranks at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles’ in the city centre.

A list of taxi companies can be found on Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centrewebsite.

Bikes

Oxford is now the proud host of only one Boris-bike style schemes Donkey Bikes, and many app-based dockless bike schemes.

Visa and Entry

Normally a foreign visitor should apply for a United Kingdom Visa to enter Oxford.
Before applying for your travel, please check your latest Visa Status or your need for UK Visa regarding your nationality.

Kindly be advised to contact the UK Embassy or UK visa application centre in your region as well.

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