My host family house is in a quiet place and my hosts are warm and friendly people, so I can stay comfortably. At dinner time I talked about a lot of things with them, so I enjoyed my stay in Oxford.

- Yoshio Ichida
Intensive

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Getting to Oxford

Oxford is in the south of England,

Oxford is approximately 1.5 hours by bus, or 1 hour by train from central London. Birmingham is also 1 hour from Oxford by train.

By Air

The nearest airports to Oxford are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and  Birmingham International.

There is a direct bus service from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham International to Gloucester Green central bus station in Oxford. You can find information about times and fares from Oxford Bus-Heathrow-Gatwick-Birmingham. You can buy a ticket in advance or on the bus. The journey time from Heathrow is approximately 1 hour, from Birmingham it is 2 hours and from Gatwick it is 2.5 hours.

There is also a direct train service from Birmingham International to Oxford train station. You can find information about times and fares from The Trainline. You can buy a ticket in advance or at Birmingham International station.The journey time is approximately 1 hour.

If you are arriving at Stansted or Luton airport, please note that the journey time by bus may be 3 - 4 hours. The bus number 737 serves both Luton and Stansted airports. You can find information about times and fares from National Express.You can buy a ticket in advance or at the ticket office, when you arrive.

When you arrive in Oxford, you can take a taxi to your accommodation. At Gloucester Green bus station and Oxford train station there are 24-hour taxi ranks.

By train

If you are travelling on Eurostar, you will arrive at London St Pancras station. From here, you can take the London Underground to Paddington station and then a train to Oxford. You can find information about times and fares from The Trainline. If you choose the fast train to Oxford, your total journey time from St Pancras will be approximately 2 hours.

When you arrive in Oxford, you can take a taxi to your accommodation. At Oxford train station there is are 24-hour taxi ranks.

Alternatively, you can take the London Underground to Baker St. Nearby, you can catch a bus 'the X90' direct to Oxford bus station. Your total journey time will be approximately 2.5 hours.

When you arrive in Oxford, you can take a taxi to your accommodation. At Oxford bus station there is are 24-hour taxi ranks.

Arrival/Departure Transfer Service

The Lake School can provide a taxi to meet you at any of these airports or at the Eurostar terminal and take you direct to your accommodation in Oxford. To book this service we need your full travel details. 

Arrival/Departure Transfer Service Prices