If you're coming from London, there's a bus that runs every half an hour or so from Vic Station. It's a quick, enjoyable ride with nice views of West London and Oxfordshire on your way into Oxford. Sit on the top of the double-decker, read your copy of the Times or a footy mag that you picked up at Victoria Station, and enjoy the ride.
Coming from a northern backwater, where it would take all day to get to London by bus and only if there was a sevice available, I found it hard to grasp the concept of being able to hop on an express bus from Oxford to London, that ran every ten minutes. Known as the Oxford Tube, the buses run twenty four hours a day.
These buses are large, with two decks and even have wi-fi connection. They are extremely noisy to pedestrians as they crawl their way through Oxford city centre, sounding more like an aeroplane than a bus.
Some of our party left after the meal to catch this service and I kept wondering why they didn't appear to be tied to a set time. Now I know why, if they run every ten mins!
Although bus coverage is comprehensive around Oxford and its immediate surroundings, visitors should know that there are TWO bus companies that cover the area: the Oxford Bus Company (generally red buses) and Stagecoach (blue & orange). Some routes are similar, others are quite different. Also, if you purchase a return journey (round-trip), one-day, or multi-day pass for one company, know that it will not work on the other.
In addition, the city centre is the "hub"...i.e., you'll find very few buses that go through the centre, from one end of the city to another. Instead, most routes begin/end here.
Finally, know that unlike some American cities' transport, "transfers" are not known here. Unless you have a return ticket, or a one- or multi-day pass, you pay each time you board a bus. Drivers will make change, but don't tend to like large bills.
Whilst the student bars and house/dorm parties are incredibly fun ... I think most people will agree that clubbing in Oxford leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily for everyone London is only a ninety minute bus ride away with more good nightlife than imaginable. The Oxford Tube is a nice big bus that operates at least once an hour all day and night. I've spent countless sunrises in these buses on my way back to Oxford sobering up. The bus ends/starts out from Victoria Coach Station in London and also picks up in Marble Arch, Notting Hill, Sheperds Bush, and Hendon. In Oxford the picks up/drops off in a number off places and ends/starts from Gloucester Green. The price is much cheaper than taking the train.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire also operate the Oxford Tube, log-on to the dedicated Oxford Tube website for more information and to buy on-line.
Our fleet of buses operates throughout the area and represents one of the most convenient and best value for money means of travelling around the region. Whether for shopping, commuting or catching up with friends, there's a Stagecoach bus going your way, so why not leave your car at home and take the Stagecoach bus.
Stagecoach is one of the largest bus operators in the UK and is playing a leading role in driving passenger growth on public transport across the country.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire carries over 13 million passengers a year and operates over 10 million miles. With over 400 employees and a fleet size of nearly 180, the company is one of the largest operators in the county.
Operating in the University City of Oxford and the surrounding market towns, bus usage has been seen to continually grow, with more and more people opting to take the bus rather than the car. This growth has been achieved through continued investment in new vehicles and improved timetables, working in local partnerships (such as with Oxford Brookes University to provide Brookesbus), the introduction of new products & services, and through a number of other improvements to existing routes.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire also runs the high frequency super luxury coach service between Oxford and London – The Oxford Tube. This award winning route recently had it’s fleet of coaches replaced with state of the art low floor luxury super coaches, so that we can continually offer more comfort, more value & more space to our customers. Why not log on to the dedicated website of Oxford Tube for more information and to buy on-line.
The X90 runs throughout the day (in fact 24hour service) give a cheaper alternative to the train for travel to/from London.
It has good pick-up and drop-off points in London (Victoria Coach Station, Victoria train station, Marble Arch, Baker Street, Hillingdon) and in Oxford (Gloucester Green, High Street, St Clements, Headington shops, Thornhill park & ride).
Obviously, the journey time depends on traffic. Rush hour can be a little slow (mornings London-Oxford, evenings vice-versa). Also if going to Oxford in the early evening head for Victoria (as the bus can be full at Gloucester Place (Baker Street tube)).
Another regular 24 hour coach service to/from London. This service offers slightly different stops to the Oxford Espress, as well as slightly bigger buses.
London stops: Hillingdon, Shepherd's Bush, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch and Victoria.
Oxford stops incl.: Gloucester Green, High Street, St.Clement's, Headington Shops and Sandhills.
Son varias las compañías de autobuses que realizan servicio desde Londres a Oxford. Desde Victoria Coach Station suelen salir la mayoría de ellos. Hay autobuses cada 15 minutos y el precio suele variar según la compañía que cogas.
This was the best bus tour I have ever done. I definately recommend that if you're in Oxford go and do it...