If you dont have access to the car most people rely on the local bus or the 'buzz' as us local's like to call them.. - plenty of them and so you wont get stuck around Oldham unless your out in the sticks and even then you shouldn't have to wait that long.
Failing that the train network is also pretty good especially getting from Oldham to city centre Manchester taking less than 15 minutes.We are hopefully back on track (groan) with the long anticipated Metro link that was only recently approved after complaints from Oldhamers.
Oldhams Train station is sadly due to close along with the rest of the line after the last train on October 3rd 2009 so that the tracks can be replaced new stations added and Oldhams Station moved to the bottom of Bell St, The trains being replaced by The Metro Link Trams.
Oldham has a swanky new bus station which looks a little like a UFO has landed but it's design is quirky, fresh and modern.
All the local buses go from here & unlike the buses in my hometown they will give change if you do not have to correct money.
Check the website for up to date times etc.
This smart station opened in January 2001. It won two awards within two years of opening.
The bus station has buses from first, stagecoach, national express and a couple of other small operators.
The journey to Oldham from Huddersfield is very pleasant. It runs from Huddersfield to Manchester passing through Saddleworth moor.
The 184 service runs every hour Monday to Saturday.
Although there are plenty of bus's to and around Oldham with some good routes they unfortunately can not be relied upon to get you anywhere for a certain time as they rarely seem to run on time and sometimes you can wait 30 or 40 minutes for a bus that should be every 10 minutes and it has been known for them to cancel a bus that only runs every hour.