Traveling to Oxford
Heathrow Airport to Oxford
Buses run from Heathrow to the center of Oxford about every 30 minutes, so there is no need to purchase a ticket ahead of time. Buy a bus ticket in the terminal if you can, but you may also purchase tickets directly from the driver, so be sure to have British currency with you (£20). The Oxford Bus Company’s The Airline operates between Heathrow and Oxford.
London to Oxford
If you took the Heathrow Express from Heathrow to London (£16.50 one-way), you probably ended at Paddington or Victoria station. There are trains directly from these stations to the Oxford City Centre. If you use this method, be sure to have a map of London and the Underground train system (also known as the Tube). Most likely there will be a Tube station in close vicinity to your hotel or hostel. Buses also run from London’s Victoria Station to Oxford by way of the Oxford Tube Bus every 15 minutes. There are several stops (Marble Arch, Bakerloo, etc.), but you will get off at Gloucester Green.
Important: Whether you are coming from Heathrow airport or London, your final bus stop will be Gloucester Green, the central bus station in Oxford. Do not get off your bus until this station! From there you will need to get a cab to Hertford College porter’s lodge where you will pick up your welcome packet and housing address. Keep the cab waiting while you do this, then proceed to your flat and start unpacking. Click here for a map of the Oxford City Centre (PDF)
Beware of taxes. A flight that costs only 99p might charge £15 in taxes. Also note which airports these airlines fly out of, Stansted, Luton and Gatwick are at least an hour and a half from Oxford, so you would need to buy a bus ticket as well.
Buses & Trains
The following hotels are of mid-range price and have been described as great, affordable options for visitors to the Oxford area. Most of the hotels are located within walking distance to the city center. These are great options for visitors to the Azusa Oxford Semester: