Board the bus, coach or train

As an incentive, the University supports certain schemes to encourage staff to travel more sustainably in and around the city and to lower traffic congestion. So it makes good environmental and financial sense to get on board and make good use of them. 

Please take the time to find out about these services and encourage your colleagues to do the same when planning to travel for work.  

If you’re thinking of flying, think about whether it's possible to travel by train instead. You can get more work done en route and, if booked in advance, it can prove to be a cheaper option.   

We recommend that staff travel by train when on business for:  

  • All domestic journeys
  • All European journeys to Eurostar destinations as well as other high-speed rail connections in Europe

How to book your train ticket 

For a full support service and to get the best deals for travel, whether short or long haul, make your booking through our preferred supplier by visiting our Travel preferred suppliers page.

Explore more 

Visit the National Rail website 
For long-distance rail travel overseas Visit ‘The Man in seat sixty-one' 

Science Transit Shuttle

The Science Transit shuttle provides quick and convenient travel between the Science Area and Harwell Campus, Old Road Campus, the John Radcliffe Hospital and Wytham. The Science Shuttle is now a fully accessible public bus service open to all. Tickets can be bought onboard, cash or contactless, and key cards can be used on the service.

For routes, pricing and timetables visit the Science Transit Shuttle website.

Oxford Bus Company & Thames Travel Corporate Account

Your department can open a corporate account and order key cards for travel on all Oxford Bus Company & Thames Travel buses including the Science Shuttle. These key cards can be used as pool cards to be borrowed as required or issued to individuals who travel frequently. The key card will be scanned each time it is used for travel and the department will only be charged for journeys travelled. Submit your request to open a corporate account.

Pre-paid annual bus passes

Your department can purchase annual pre-paid Smartzone passes for use as pool cards on all Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach buses in Oxford. These cards are usually kept at the reception desk of your building and borrowed as required. If you would like to know more about these bus passes please email

For more reasons to travel and commute by bus (Oxford Bus Company, Stage Coach Discount, Park and Ride Parking Permit, Season ticket loans) please visit Travelling by bus or rail


For meetings outside Oxford, why not catch a coach? 

  • The Oxford Tube is a 24-hour direct service between Oxford and London
  • For information on coaches from other major cities, contact National Express 
  • The airline offers a regular connection between Oxford and Heathrow/Gatwick
  • The central coach station is at Gloucester Green in the city centre 
  • For international destinations, visit the Flixbus website

All business travel should be booked through the University’s preferred supplier for travel bookings, Key Travel, on 01618 199763 or 

Did you know?

A step-by-step guide to planning a business trip is available on the staff gateway, visit the travelling for work web page for more details. 


Business Travel Toolkit

Save time, money and choose the most appropriate travel mode by reading the University Business Travel Toolkit.



Contact us

Sustainable Travel team

+44 (0) 1865 2 88782