The most convenient airport for Oxford is London Heathrow - the
Airline coach leaves
from the Central Bus Station-bay
14A- (Terminals 1, 2, 3) every 30 min (20 min later from Terminal 5) and takes 1.5 hrs
(if arriving at Terminal 4, take the free "Heathrow connect" to Terminal
1,2,3). From London Gatwick
the Airline coach
leaves every hour (stopping at both North and South terminals) and takes
just over 2 hrs. If arriving at London Luton, it takes 3-4 hrs to get to
Oxford by National
Express coach (typically via London or Heathrow) while from London
Stansted there is a direct
757 coach every
2 hrs which takes ~3 hrs to Oxford.
There are two frequent coach services to/from London - the
and the Oxford Tube - taking
~1.5-2 hrs. Fast Trains to/from
London Paddington take ~1 hr (beware of stopping trains that can take ~2
Do not consider driving as parking is both difficult
and expensive in Oxford (neither University College nor the
Physics Department can provide parking). If you wish to take a taxi from
the airports (convenient for Luton or Stansted) it is cheaper to prebook
one from a local company (e.g. CCB
Travel, OxiCars) who will meet
you at Arrivals. If you must drive, then you can park in
the "Park & Ride" outside Oxford.
If coming by coach from London/Heathrow/Gatwick/Luton you can
conveniently get off at "Queen's Lane" (tell the
driver when he stows your luggage) and walk ~100m following the
coach - you will pass a large wooden gate on your left, the next one is
the main entrance of University College. Otherwise you will have to walk
(~10 min) or take a taxi (~£5) back from the final stop at Gloucester
Green Coach Station (where the coach from Stansted also stops). If
arriving at Oxford by train, you can walk from the station (~15 min) or
take a taxi (~£5).
The College main gate is usually kept closed but there is an inset door.
Please collect your room keys from the "Porters" in the Lodge on your
right as you enter (notwithstanding their name, they will not carry your
luggage!) Note that this door is locked at 9.30 pm
- if you arrive later then just ring the doorbell (the Porters will
provide the code for the entry lock for subsequent use). If you expect
to arrive very late please say so on the Registration Form.
If coming directly to the meeting, take a taxi (~£5) to "Clarendon
Laboratory, South Parks Road"
Walking will take ~15 min from the Bus Station and ~20 min from the
Railway Station. You can also take Bus 10C or 14/14A from the Railway
station and get off at "St Giles" then walk down Keble Road.
How to Get to
Oxford University for more details and maps.