Local buses in Headington

Note: You can save money by purchasing a return bus ticket, and since 24 July 2011 the Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach, and Thames Transit have operated a joint ticketing system, which means that you can use your return ticket on a bus run by one of the other two companies

If you are going to be making twelve or more single journeys, it is well worth buying a SmartCard. Available here from Oxford Bus Company; but if you want it immediately, go to the office at the east end of the High Street or at the top of Debenham’s in Magdalen Street.

Buses running between Headington and Oxford

During the day buses are so frequent and there is such a choice of services that you do not need to check the times: nearly everything going westwards from the London/Headington Roads will end up in Oxford centre. You can catch any of the following:

  • No. 8 from Barton and No. 9 from Risinghurst. These are run jointly by Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach Oxfordshir
  • Brookes bus (run by the Oxford Bus Company) is available for everyone, not just Oxford Brookes University students. The U1 bus runs between Wheatley in the east and Harcourt Hill in the west via Headington and the City Centre, while the U5 bus picks up in Cowley and Marston. Beware of university vacations, when there is a reduced service: scroll to the foot of the online timetable for vacation service.
  • Park & Ride (run by the Oxford Bus Company). These fast 800 buses operate between the Thornhill and Seacourt car-parks, but will also pick up and drop passengers at just two stops in Headington: (1) Headington shops (near Kennett Road for Oxford, new stop before the main traffic lights coming back) and (2) Gipsy Lane (for Oxford Brookes University). Note that on the way back to Headington the only stop is a special one just at the start of the Headington shops near Morrison’s. These buses also stop at intervening bus-stops after 6.50pm in the evening. There are charges for parking at Thornhill for more than one hour
  • Arriva bus from the county picks up locally between Headington and Oxford, but is less frequent and so it is not advisable to get a return ticket.

If you want to get straight to the centre, it is best to avoid the No. 10 bus, which takes a long route via the John Radcliffe Hospital and north Oxford.

If you want to go to Summertown, you have to get a separate bus going to Kidlington from Magdalen Street in the city centre (Stagecoach No. 7A or 7B, or Oxford Bus Company No 2).

The City 4/A/B/C serves Wood Farm from Abingdon & Botley (this replaced the City 15 service on 7 May 2011). The revised route provides a new link between Oxford Rail Station and the Churchill Hospital. Wood Farm now has an increased frequency during weekdays with services operating up to every ten minutes. You pick this up on the opposite side of Castle Street to the other Headington buses

The City 13 runs from the John Radcliffe Hospital to the city centre via either Oxford Brookes University or the Marston Road (as indicated on the destination display).

The City 600 service starts on 29 September 2014, running from the John Radcliffe Hospital to the Peartree Park & Ride and calling at the university science area in South Parks Road

Where to get the bus in Oxford

Bus stops (apart from the Queen's Lane one in the High, where everything stops as before) have changed since the Westgate Centre opened in October 2017. This map shows all the new bus stops (scroll down to find out which bus stops where:

Nos. 8 & 9 pick up at both the following new stops:

  • E2: This is the fourth bus stop down as you go down Castle Street, and technically in Norfolk Street as it is south of Paradise Street junction
  • T2: This is the second stop in the High Street to the east of Turl Street

Brookes bus:

  • This stops at T1, which is just to the east of T2 above
  • The Park & Ride 400 is similar to before: Stop G6 at the top of St Aldate's

No. 4 (via Old Road):

  • G2: just to the south of Pembroke Street in St Aldate's as before
  • T2: same stop in the High to the east of Turl street as Nos. 8 & 9 above.

Local buses going east from Headington

Buses to railway station in central Oxford

The Park & Ride 400, Arriva 280, and Brookes Bus from central Headington shops, and the No. 4 bus from Wood Farm via Old Road, all stop near the station

Direct buses to Abingdon from Headington
  • The X3 and X13 (Oxford Bus Company) are intended to bring hospital staff into Headington, but can also be used by local people to get from the John Radcliffe Hospital to Abingdon. The 300 Park & Ride Service from Redbridge (Oxford Bus Company) dovetails with the X13 bus, thus providing a 15-minute service.

Hospital Park & Ride

See detailed information provided by hospitals:

Free Oxfordshire County Council bus services

The H1 free bus service operates just twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday mornings, to enable people from Marston and Headley Way to get to the Headington shops:

  • H1 timetable (Marston to Headington shops: change button at top to get return journeys)

The H2 free bus service enables people from Sandhills and Headington Quarry to get to the Headington shops on weekday mornings.

No. 8Two No. 8s: left operated by Stagecoach, and right by the Oxford Bus Company

Park & RideOxford Bus Company Park & Ride

Brookes busBrookes bus

Thames Travel bus services

Thames Travel runs buses in South Oxfordshire, Reading, Chalgrove, Watlington, Wheatley, Wallingford, and Abingdon.

Free bus passes for older people

These are now supplied by Oxfordshire County Council. You can apply online here (make sure you have a scan of a passport-type photograph available before you start): or if you do not have a computer, go to the top floor of the Central Library in the Westgate.

© Stephanie Jenkins


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