We recommend using one of the Park & Rides on the outskirts of Oxford. These are clearly signposted as you enter the city. See the Park & Ride website for more information. You can find a pdf map of the Park & Rides here, or an online map here.
Regular buses run between the Park & Rides and city centre taking 25 minutes and operating until around 11pm. (For Water Eaton the City2 replaces the Park & Ride bus after 7pm.)
You will need to pay for parking and a bus ticket or buy a combined ticket.
The standard Park & Ride parking charge (as of June 2023) is £2 per vehicle (up to 11 hours) and £4 per vehicle (up to 24 hours). You can pay by cash or card at designated parking ticket machines. Or you can avoid lengthy queues by buying a ticket in advance using RingGo for Redbridge, Pear Tree, Thornhill and Oxford Parkway Park & Rides. We strongly advise this for Thornhill and Parkway.
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You also need to buy a return bus ticket to and from Oxford city centre. You can pay by cash or contactless: ‘tap on’ at the start of your journey and ‘tap off’ at the end. A peak adult day return costs £3 for one adult or £5 for two adults travelling together. Under 16s travel free.
You can buy a combined parking and bus ticket at combined ticket machines at each Park & Ride. This costs £6.80 and covers two adults and three Under 16s.