Getting to Oxford
(Further information on getting to Oxford can be found on the Oxford University Visitors Pages.)
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 (tel: +44 (0)1865 785400). Heathrow coaches usually depart every 20 minutes and take approximately 1.5 hours. Gatwick coaches usually depart once an hour and take approximately 1.5 hours. The Airline coaches stop at Queen's Lane, which is 2 minutes walk from Merton College.
Birmingham International Airport is conveniently linked to Oxford by a direct rail line. Trains run roughly once an hour during the day (except Sundays, when service is less frequent) and take just under an hour.
London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach service, running every two hours and taking approximately 3 hours (tel: +44 (0)8705 747777).
Rail is a convenient way to get to Oxford. Information on train routes and timetables can be found at the National Rail website (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950). A 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.
Frequent 24-hour direct services connect Oxford with London (peak times every 10-20 minutes). The Oxford Espress service includes Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon (tel: +44 (0)1865 785410). The Oxford Tube service includes Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush, and Hillingdon (tel: +44 (0)1865 772250). For information on coaches to other major cities and airports contact National Express (tel: +44 (0)8705 808080). Coaches arrive at Gloucester Green Coach Station in the city centre.
Many Oxford streets are now closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services which operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts at Pear Tree, Woodstock Road (north); Water Eaton (north); Seacourt, Botley Road (west); Redbridge, Abingdon Road (south); and Thornhill, London Road (east).
Please note that Thornhill and Seacourt are often full. It is recommended that drivers coming to Oxford from the east (including London), the south and the west use the Redbridge Park & Ride, while drivers arriving from the north can choose between Pear Tree and Water Eaton.
Taxi ranks are located at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles' in the city centre.
ABC Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 770077
City Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 201201
Euro Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 430430
Radio Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 249743 or 242424
Getting to Merton College:
Merton is located in central Oxford on Merton Street, which is just off the High Street. Oxford is an ancient, pedestrian-friendly city, with many one-way streets and extremely limited parking. If you're travelling to Merton by car, it is best to enter the High Street from the east, turning left into Merton Street at the Eastgate Hotel. Alternatively, there are five Park and Ride services in Oxford which all serve the city centre.
From the Gloucester Green coach station or the Rail station, the College is a short taxi ride. For those inclined to walk, it takes about 15 minutes from the coach station and 25 minutes from the rail station.
Useful maps and further information on getting to the College can be found on the Merton College Visitor Information site.