Information on travel to Oxford

The location of St John's College, the conference venue, can be found on the venue page.

Radcliffe Square, Oxford
Radcliffe Square, Oxford

Oxford is very well connected to London's main transport hubs. You will find there are many options for getting here and which is best for you is likely to be depend on where you are coming from. Commercial transport links to Oxford are very efficient, so we are not arranging specific transfers from airports to the GADEST conference. We have given details of several possible options below. We are happy to advise in specific circumstances, so please contact us if you have any queries.

Airports

We recommend that international participants fly to London's Heathrow Airport, which is just over an hour from Oxford. From Heathrow there is a very efficient direct coach service to Oxford, which runs at half hourly intervals for most of the day. Details of times and fares can be found on the Oxford Bus Company website. Buses are marked "X70" or "LHR Oxford" and depart from the Central Bus Station (for Terminals 1 to 3) with a subsequent stop at Terminal 5. Participants arriving at Terminal 4 will need to transfer to the other terminals, which can take half an hour. Tickets for the coach can be bought from the driver in cash; unfortunately credit cards are not accepted by the drivers. You should ride the coach to Gloucester Green Bus Station, which is the last stop and is less than five minutes walk from the conference venue.

Oxford is also well served by many other international airports. These include:

  • London Gatwick. There is a regular coach service operated by the Oxford Bus Company, and details are given on their website. Buses are marked "X80" or "LGW Oxford". The journey typically takes just over two hours. You should get off the coach at Gloucester Green Bus Station, which is less than five minutes walk from the conference venue.
  • Birmingham. There is a regular direct rail service operated by Cross Country Trains. The journey takes just over an hour.
  • Southampton. There is a regular direct rail service operated by Cross Country Trains. The journey takes just over an hour.
  • London Stansted. This is the most difficult London airport from which to get to Oxford. National Express coaches operate the 737 service, but the journey times can be long (over three hours).

Arrival from Central London

Conference participants may also wish to get to Oxford from Central London, to which there are other transport options, such as London City Airport and Eurostar rail services from France and Belgium. From Central London there are three main options for getting to Oxford. These are:

  • Rail. First Great Western operate regular services from London Paddington to Oxford. Details can be found on their website.
  • Oxford Tube (coach). Details are given on the website.
  • X90 (coach). Details are given on the website.

Cars

Oxford is not a car-friendly city, and we strongly advise conference participants not to arrive by car. We are not able to provide parking for conference participants at the conference site. Long-term parking in central Oxford is not available. If you wish to extend your stay in the UK after the conference, then most major car hire companies have depots in Oxford and we recommend arranging collection at the end of the conference.

Visas

The UK is a member of the European Union, but is not part of the Schengen Area. Citizens of European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland generally are free to enter the UK. The UK has visa waiver arrangements with many other countries. We recommend that non-EEA and Swiss citizens use the Home Office visa eligibility checker available here. If you require an invitation letter to obtain a UK visa then please contact us as soon as possible.