Getting to Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire County Council

Getting to Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is in the heart of England with excellent transport links to other parts of the country.



London Paddington is just an hour away from Oxford. Services to Birmingham and Birmingham Airport also take one hour on Virgin Trains. Chiltern Trains operate services into London Marylebone from Banbury (one hour and 20 minutes), Bicester North (one hour) and Haddenham and Thame Parkway (50 minutes).

Didcot is the junction of north-south and east-west rail services across the UK with connections to the Midlands and North of England (via Oxford), to the south coast (via Reading), and directly to London, Bristol and South Wales.

National Rail website


Two 24-hour luxury coach companies operate fast and very frequent services seven days a week from Oxford to London, and also to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Stagecoach services run frequent coaches to several towns including Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Stratford.

Coaches leave from Gloucester Green coach station in central Oxford.

Major roads and railway lines in Oxfordshire


The M40 motorway goes through the north-east of the county linking Banbury, Bicester and Oxford directly with London, Birmingham and the North. It meets the M25 London orbital motorway at its junction 16.

The major north-south route through the county is the A34 dual carriageway.

The A34 links the Midlands and the North with Southampton, crossing the M4 at junction 13. The A420 road provides a fast link to Swindon and the M4 at junction 15. The A40 is the major western route to Witney, Gloucester, Cheltenham and the M5.

Last reviewed
28 March 2018
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