Getting to Oxford
If you are travelling from outside the EU, you may need to apply for a visa. If you are speaking at the conference, then a business visa is the most appropriate. Specifically, under 2.2.4 – Permitted activities: Speaking at a conference where this is not run as a commercial concern (organisers not making a profit) and the conference is a ‘one off’. The conference is NOT part of a series and not run for profit.
From Heathrow Airports to Oxford
The easiest means of getting to Oxford from Heathrow is by coach. If you arrive at Terminals 1-4, coaches leave from the Central Bus Station (stand 14A) and for Terminal 5 arrivals, from the T5 coach area (stand 11). Coaches operate throughout the night at 1 or 2 hourly intervals and at 30 minute intervals from 6.10am until 23.10.
A period return to Oxford is c. £29 and the journey lasts about 1hr 30 minutes
Once in Oxford, you should get off the bus at St Aldate’s bus stop. The Faculty of Music is about 200 metres down St Aldate’s from the bus stop. Check the company website for updates and current information.
From Gatwick Airport
As for Heathrow, the Oxford Bus Company runs their ‘Airline’ service to both Gatwick Terminals. Coaches run infrequently in the middle of the night and once hourly between 7.15am and 11.15pm.
Coaches run from
Gatwick South Terminal – Lower Forecourt (stands 1&2)
Gatwick North Terminal – Furlong Way (stands 11&12)
A period return to Oxford is c. £37 and the journey lasts between 2hrs and 2hrs 30 minutes. As for the Heathrow coach, get off the bus at St Aldate’s bus stop.
Check the company website.
From Stansted Airport
National Express coaches run a service between Stansted Airport and Oxford. The coaches run every 3 or 4 hours and the journey lasts 3hrs 30 minutes. A return ticket is c. £30.
National Express coaches stop at Gloucester Green coach station in Oxford. Christ Church and the Faculty are a 10 minute walk away.
Here is the link to the timetable.
The website for National Express coaches is http://www.nationalexpress.com
From Central London
Travel to Oxford by train from London Paddington.
Book your seats or get timetable information from the National Rail enquiry site.
Trains run approximately 3 times per hour through most of the day and off-peak travel is c. £25 return. Oxford train station is about a 15-minute walk from the Faculty. There is a taxi rank outside the station; a taxi will cost around £5.
Two coaches operate between central London and Oxford – the Oxford Tube and X90.
Tickets are c. £20 for a period return (£15 for a student period return). Tickets are not transferable between the two buses as they are run by separate companies.
You can pick up both these coaches at Victoria Station, Marble Arch and other stops in central London. In Oxford, both companies stop at Aldate’s, as well as in the High Street and Gloucester Green coach station.
The websites are
We strongly advise against bringing your car to Oxford – it’s congested and there are no parking facilities at the Music Faculty. If you do need to come by car however, you can leave your car in a number of residential streets about one mile south of the Faculty, or park at the Park and Ride.
Maps of Oxford
The University provides a number of maps and map links as follows: