Attendants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. For those traveling from abroad, the following suggestions on ground transportation may be helpful.
Ground Transportation to Oxford
From London airports there are direct rail links to London
Heathrow – to Paddington Station where you can take another train direct to Oxford.
Gatwick – to Victoria Station, from where you need to travel to Paddington Station for Oxford.
Connections to the London Underground system are also available.
In the UK a “coach” is a bus designed for longer journeys. The term “bus” refers to local public transport. The Oxford Bus Company runs comfortable, air-conditioned express coaches from both airports. Over 60s may be eligible for a discounted fare on production of passport ID. We recommend purchasing the “period return” ticket (valid up to 3 months), which is significantly cheaper. You should purchase this ticket either online or directly from the driver of the bus (not at the “coach station” at the airport). Be sure to save your receipt as that is your return ticket. For detailed schedules and fare information, click here.
From Gatwick Airport
From South Terminal, catch the coach from stands 1 or 2, Lower Forecourt. From North Terminal from stands 4 or 5, Lower Forecourt. The fare is approximately £28 one way (ask for single), or £37 for a “period return.” We recommend purchasing the “period return,” but be sure to save your receipt as that is your return ticket.
If you need accommodation when you arrive at Gatwick please refer to this guide.
From Heathrow Airport
If you come into Terminals 1- 3 you will need to take the underground walkway (signposted) to the Central Bus Station If arriving at Terminal 4 take the free bus transfer to the Central Bus Station. The Oxford coach departs from Central Bus Station Bay 14A. From Terminal 5, catch the coach from stand 10 at the front of the terminal. Journey time is about an hour and a half and the fare is approximately £23 one way (ask for single), or £29 for a “period return.”
If you need accommodation when you arrive at Heathrow please refer to this guide.
From London City
If you are coming into London, there are frequent coach connections to Oxford from by Victoria rail station. A one-way ticket is about £13; a return (roundtrip) £16 (2-day) or £23 (3 month).
- The Stagecoach “Oxford Tube” (not to be confused with the “tube” London underground system) departs from just alongside Victoria Rail Station. For detailed schedules and prices, see this page.
- The Oxford Bus Company X90 departs from Victoria Coach Station (just down the road from Victoria Rail Station – Bay 10) and also stops near Victoria Rail Station.
All coaches to Oxford have intermediate stops and terminate at the coach station in town (Gloucester Green). They all stop to set down in St. Aldates, (immediately outside Christ Church), you should tell the driver that this is the stop you will want.
Getting to Christ Church in Oxford
Christ Church is in the Town Centre and not that far from either the Gloucester Green bus/coach station or the railway station.
All taxis are metered and the cost could vary from ,3 to ,5 depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.
The bus from the Gloucester Green coach station is the 300 park and ride bus. There should be a bus every 6 minutes. You will need to go out of the station onto George Street and cross over the road. The bus stop is outside Yates Wine Lodge.
The bus from the railway station is the X3. There should be one every 15 minutes.
Ask for a single to Christ Church; both buses cost approx. £1.00. The driver will let you know when you get there if you ask.
Accommodation in Oxford
If you need accommodation in Oxford before or after the Institute, Christ Church will not be available. Other options can be located at these links:
The Institute will not be organizing formal excursions beyond Oxford either before, after, or during our time together. If you wish to arrange your own excursion, a helpful resource is the Methodist Heritage site.