Local business travel

Choosing to walk or cycle to or from meetings is good exercise and can also substantially reduce your journey time as the route is often much more direct than the alternative vehicle route.


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Oxford is not a campus university. To plan your quickest route for meetings in Oxford’s colleges, halls, departments, libraries and museums view the Oxford University searchable map.

You can also use Google Maps to find your way around Oxford on foot.

Bike sharing and e-Scooters

Bike sharing is a great solution to business travel needs around the city and something we promote as much as possible to staff.

Pool Bikes

Some departments have pool bikes that you can use for attending meetings in other University buildings. Ask your manager or Departmental Administrator for details. 

If your department does not currently have a scheme and you want to set one up please visit Green Travel Fund for more information or contact the Travel Team for advice at travel@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Claim your mileage

Do you know that University staff can claim mileage if using their own bike?  

For more reasons to get on your bike at work please visit our Cycling pages.

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 on board, 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 travel@admin.ox.ac.uk

How to book your train ticket

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 61’

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

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

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. 


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