London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by
The Airline coach
service, which operates a direct frequent service
twenty-four hours a day.
London Stansted airport is linked
to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach, running every
Currently, a period-return’ ticket (valid
up to three months from date of purchase) costs £23. Group
and seniors concessions are available. For Oriel College, disembark either in the
High Street (a short walk to the College), or at the
terminus, Gloucester Green Coach Station, where you should
easily pick up a taxi to take you to the College.
Please note that since the opening of Terminal 5
in March 2008, The Airline bus service to Oxford
operates from Bay 14A of the Central Bus Station
(servicing Terminals 1,2 and 3) and from Bay 9
at Terminal 5. From Terminal 4, you can take the
free Heathrow Express train service to the
Central Bus Station and Terminal 5.
A frequent direct service operates between Oxford and London
Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between
Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry.
Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New
Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via
Didcot or Reading. For train timetables, see:
Frequent 24-hour direct services connect Oxford with London
(peak times every 10-20 minutes). The
Oxford Express service includes
Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch,
Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon). The
Tube service includes Grosvenor
Gardens, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush,
and Hillingdon. For information on coaches to other major
cities and airports contact National Express (tel: 08705
808080). Coaches arrive at Gloucester Green Coach Station.
Oxford is approached by several major motorways:
- London-Oxford: A40/M40/A40;
- Bristol-Oxford: M32/M4/A34.
Many Oxford streets are now closed to traffic, and
parking is severely limited. Therefore, visitors are
strongly encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services
that operate between the city centre and parking areas on
the outskirts. See the Oxford Bus Company website for
If you do need to drive into the city centre, there are
several parking spaces within Oxford (see below, Parking).
On-street car parking in Oxford can be expensive.
Oriel College is reasonably accessible, being located
just off Oxford's High Street.
Oriel College does not have its own car park, although car
parking for any disabled guests can be made available by
prior arrangement. Vehicles may also be brought in
temporarily to deliver equipment and unload luggage. There
are several city-centre parking areas nearby, and Oxford
also has a number of park-and-ride services. For more
Taxi ranks are located at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester
Green Coach Station and St Giles' in the city centre.
Staying in Oxford before and
after conference dates
The conference will commence at 2 pm on
Saturday 21 June with registration and check-in.
It will conclude at 5.30pm on Tuesday 24 June. Accommodation at Oriel College is
only available to delegates for the three nights
of the conference (i.e. 21st, 22nd and 23rd).
If you plan to stay in Oxford before the
evening of June 21st, or you need a place to
stay there the night of June 24th or after, here
is a site that describes Oxford city
Although they are both quite
pricey, the nearest hotels (virtually right next
door) to Oriel College are the Old Bank and
We would also recommend the Tree
Hotel in Iffley (east of the city centre) and
Parklands on Banbury Road (north of the city
Again these are not cheap but
they are clean, comfortable, well-run bed &
breakfast style hotels in nice areas and within
walking distance of the city centre. There are
also regular nearby bus services into town.