University of Oxford John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science Somerville College

ALEGRO 2018 workshop at Oxford

26 March - 29 March 2018, Oxford, UK

Travel Information

By rail

There are regular services from London Paddington. There are also regular links to other parts of the country via, Didcot, Reading and Birmingham. (Interactive timetable from National Rail - enter London Paddington for trains to/from London.) Oxford station is about a mile from the Department. The 14/14A bus service runs by the labs, from the train station Monday to Friday. The stop is on Banbury Road at the intersection with Keble Road - see Physics Department map below.

By coach

There are regular services from London Paddington. There are also regular links to other parts of the country via, Didcot, Reading and Birmingham. (Interactive timetable from National Rail - enter London Paddington for trains to/from London.) Oxford station is about a mile from the Department. The 14/14A bus service runs by the labs, from the train station Monday to Friday. The stop is on Banbury Road at the intersection with Keble Road - see Physics Department map below.

By air

The bus service from Heathrow/Gatwick airports is called "the airline." It runs very frequently and takes just over an hour from Heathrow, two hours from Gatwick. You may buy tickets online at https://airlinebooking.oxfordbus.co.uk/service.aspx or pay with cash, in pounds, when boarding the bus (return ticket is £30 from Heathrow, £37 from Gatwick).

Catching The Airline coach at Heathrow

    "The Airline” coach stops at Heathrow (as given at “The Airline" url) are:
  • Central Bus Station Stand 15 for Terminals 1, 2 and 3
  • Arrivals Concourse Terminal 5 Stand 10 for Terminal 5.

For those landing at Terminal 4:

  1. Either: Go to the Central Bus station:
    Free shuttle trains run between Terminal 4 station (Platform 1) and Heathrow Central station (For Central Bus Station and Terminals 2 & 3). There are four trains an hour. Average journey time: 20 minutes. Frequent London Underground trains also run on this route but the transfer is only free if you use a Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card.
  2. Or: Go to Terminal 5:
    Bus number 482 or 490 (destination: Heathrow Terminal 5) from Bus Stop 7. (This is also free.) This option also takes about 20 minutes.

If you have purchased flights that also included the coach journey to Oxford:

  1. The itinerary might state the coach ticket is issued by National Express.
    While this is correct and it would be reasonable to assume the coach is operated by National Express “The Airline" is operated by the Oxford Bus Company. In the itinerary this detail is often buried at the foot of the page in the small print. Most National Express Coaches are white. "The Airline” is nearly always Oxford Blue.
  2. For those landing at Heathrow the itinerary might state to go to the Central Bus Station to catch the coach irrespective of the terminal at which you land. This information is not optimal (see above).

From Stansted & Luton Airports

From Stansted & Luton Airports, National Express has a (not so frequent) service to Oxford: bus 737. From London, you can take the train or for a cheaper option, the bus (X90 or OxfordTube).

Although the airport bus is the cheapest option for individuals, it is also possible to take a taxi all the way from/to the airport, and this option may be cheaper for groups. In this case, it is recommended to book ahead, as the cost doubles without pre-booking. Costs for pre-booked taxis are about £65 from Oxford-LHR, and £75 from LHR-Oxford. Suggested company: http://www.british-airport-transfers.co.uk

By car

The M40 motorway swings by Oxford on the north-east side and links with the M1, M4, M5 and M25. If you approach Oxford from the east on the M40 you should leave at junction 8 or, from the north at junction 9 - see maps below. Those travelling on the M4 should get off at junction 13, Newbury, and take the A34 north to Oxford. When you get to Oxford you have the problem of...

Park and Ride

5 sites on the outskirts of the city with parking and quick and frequent bus service to city centre. Sites (see ring-road map): Pear Tree at junction of A34 and A44 on the north side; Thornhill by A40 just outside ring road to the east; Redbridge just inside the ring road in the south; Seacourt just inside the ring road in the west; and the new site at Water Eaton. The Police advise against leaving cars at these sites overnight.

Maps