how to reach us

The festival takes place in Oxford city centre at a number of key outdoor locations and in partner venues across the city centre.  Our key hotspots of activity are in Broad St, Gloucester Green, Bonn Square, Westgate Oxford and Oxford Castle Quarter.  If you are travelling by car we recommend using the park and ride service. If you must travel by car into the centre of Oxford please note there will be a number of road closures in place and you can find details of car parks in Oxford by clicking here.

Arriving by Road

The M40 and M4 + A34 provide easy access by car from London, leaving the M40 at Junction 8.
The M40 links Birmingham to Oxford from the north, leaving at Junction 9.

Parking in Oxford is limited so most day visitors take advantage of the Park and Ride service which was pioneered in Oxford. All five Park and Ride sites are clearly signposted from the Oxford Ring Road.

Arriving by Bus

Fast and frequent bus services provide a direct link between central Oxford, Oxfordshire and central London.
Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus Company have a range of services to get you to your destination.


The X90 service (all day and most of the night)

The Oxford Tube (24/7)


These journeys takes approx 100 minutes - longer during the rush hour.

Arriving by Train

A frequent direct train service operates from London Paddington to Oxford (approx. every 30 minutes) and from Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry.

The line to Didcot allows access to Radley, Appleford, Swindon and Reading.

There is also a regular service between Oxford Parkway (station opened October 2015 at Water Eaton Park & Ride near Kidlington) and London Marylebone via Bicester.

The Cotswold Line runs through Oxford to Long Hanborough, Finstock, Charlbury, Ascott-under-Wychwood and on to Worcester. The line to Leamington Spa services villages to the north such as Tackley and Lower Heyford as well as Banbury. 

Visit the National Rail website to plan your journey to Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Staying in Oxford

Visiting for the Festival? Find out all you need to know about the city and where to stay by visiting

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