Travel and visas


Travel

Oxford is well connected by public transport, with frequent buses from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and from London. The train station is also within walking distance of the city centre and has trains to London and Birmingham airport (amongst many other places).

The following links may be of use:

National Rail (the national train information website)
Route Planners - the AA or RAC
The Oxford Tube
(buses to London)
X90 Oxford Bus Company (buses to London)
Stagecoach (buses within Oxford)
The Oxford Bus Company (buses within Oxford)
The Oxford Bus Company (buses to Heathrow and Gatwick)
Oxford University maps and directions
How to get to the Clarendon Laboratory (PDF map)
Physics Department Map
Ring Road Maps
City Centre Maps


By air

The most convenient arrival airport is London Heathrow, from which there is a frequent express coach service to Oxford. London Gatwick is a little further, but again there is direct coach service to and from Oxford. See The Oxford Bus Company for full express coach service details. A taxi from Heathrow to Oxford will cost you at least £50. Most taxis take four passengers. This is a rather expensive way of arriving at Oxford.

Stansted and Luton have less frequent coach and/or rail connections with Oxford. Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is a good alternative airport for travelling to Oxford. The train station is linked to the passenger terminals by a free, frequent Air-Rail link, which runs every 2 minutes from 0515 to 0200. The journey time is less than 2 minutes. There is a frequent train service from Birmingham International train station to Oxford, and the journey time is approximately one hour.

By train

There are regular services from London Paddington. There are also regular links to other parts of the country via, Didcot, Reading and Birmingham. Oxford station is about a mile from the Clarendon Laboratory and St. Anne's College. The Cityline 2A bus service runs by the labs, from the train station Monday to Saturday. The stop is on Banbury Road at the intersection with Keble Road - see Physics Department map. For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

By coach

Two services operate from London: one leaves from Victoria Coach Station every 15 minutes during weekdays (Oxford Express); the other from Grosvenor Gardens by Victoria Railway Station every 10 minutes at peak times (Oxford Tube). Both services pick up at Marble Arch. The Oxford coach station is about half a mile from either venue - see city centre map. There is also a coach service from Cambridge (X5 via Milton Keynes).

By car

The M40 motorway swings by Oxford on the north-east side and links with the M1, M4, M5 and M25. If you approach Oxford from the east on the M40 you should leave at junction 8 or, from the north at junction 9 - see maps below. Those travelling on the M4 should get off at junction 13, Newbury, and take the A34 north to Oxford.

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.

Park-and-ride

There are five park-and-rides available on the outskirts of Oxford, so you are sure to find one no matter from which direction you have driven. They are all clearly sign-posted, linked to the centre of the city by regular bus services, and open 24 hours per day (bus services run until about 9.30 pm). Pear Tree park and ride (OX2 8JD) is the most convenient for the venue is located to the north of the city, this site can be accessed from the A40 (from Witney and Cheltenham), A4260 (from Kidlington), A34 (from Banbury, Bicester and Northampton) and the M40.

Parking

Parking in Oxford is severely restricted and therefore delegates are advised to use public transport where possible. On-street parking within the vicinity of the colleges, is available in Keble Road which is close to the venues. This is controlled by a pay and display scheme with a maximum stay of 2 hours. Off-street parking within the Science Area is prohibited without a permit. 

 

Visas

Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    30 May 2014
  • Early registration deadline:
    30 July 2014
  • Registration deadline:
    22 August 2014

Links

Conference handbook (PDF, 3.3MB)

First announcement (PDF, 1.33MB)