How to reach the Department
How to reach Oxford
By air: The most convenient arrival airport is London Heathrow, from which there is a frequent express coach service to Oxford (see below). London Gatwick is further, but again there is direct coach service to and from Oxford. Birmingham International has a less frequent coach and rail connection with Oxford.
Travelling to Oxford from the airport:
By rail: There are frequent direct trains from London Paddington and regular links from the north via Birmingham, from the south via Reading, and from the west via Didcot.
Useful rail links:
By coach: There are very frequent services from London Victoria Coach Station and from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. A rather less frequent service connects with Birmingham International airport. There are connections with many other parts of the country, including a direct service from Cambridge. The central coach depot (Gloucester Green) is a few hundred metres south of the Department.
Useful bus/coach links:
By private car: Oxford can be reached by way of the M40, leaving at Junction 9 from the north and at Junction 8 from London and the south-east, by the A34 from the south, or by the A40 from the west. The A4260 and the A44 also give access from the north, and the A420 from the southwest.
There are five large "Park and Ride" areas on the city approaches with frequent bus services into the city centre.
How to reach the Department
By public transport or taxi: The Department's main site on Parks Road is less than a kilometre north of the city centre. There is a taxi rank at the railway station and a bus service to the centre. The bus and coach station at Gloucester Green, between Beaumont Street and George Street, is quite central and is less than a ten-minute walk from the main site; there is a taxi rank. To reach the outlying sites by bus it is best to seek advice in advance.
By private car: Those who come to Oxford by car are encouraged to use one of the "Park and Ride" areas on or near the ring road. If need be, the Department's main site on Parks Road can be reached from the north on the A4165 Banbury Road, which is directly accessible from the ring road. If you wish to reach the main site by car from any other direction, it may be best to use the ring road to get to the A4165, since it is now quite difficult to cross the city by car. Visitors who arrive by car should be aware that on-road parking near the science departments is near impossible, and unauthorized parking in the Science Area is prohibited. In some cases a short-stay parking permit can be arranged in advance by your host.
The Southwell Laboratory at Osney may be approached from the west by heading from the ring road at Botley towards the centre. The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) and the Orthopaedic Engineering Centre (both in Headington) can be reached from either the east or the north while avoiding the city centre.
On reaching the Department
Visitors to the main site are asked to report to the main reception on the ground floor of the Thom Building (including disabled access). Goods reception, also on ground level of the Thom Building, has access from Banbury Road.