Hop-On, Hop-Off Oxford 24h Bus Tour

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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

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  • Experience the rich history and culture of Oxford and marvel at the stunning architecture from an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus.
  • Explore the beautiful city of Oxford with City Sightseeing and hop on and off at 20 strategically placed bus stops within 24 hours at your own leisure.

From old-style colleges to botanical gardens, this sightseeing tour will take you to the best attractions and hidden treasures in the city that you really don’t want to miss.  

The Red Line route starts at Oxford railways station. Hop off at Park End Street and take a walk to look at the Castle Mill Stream, which is thought to have been a medieval construction. Take in the magnificent architecture of the old Sheldonian Theatre, which was designed by the architect Christopher Wren and constructed between 1664 and 1669. If you'd like to do some shopping during the trip, alight at Westgate Shopping Centre, where you’ll discover high street names, independent shops, restaurants and cafés. The route takes you past some of the oldest and most world-famous colleges, including The Queen’s College and Brasenose College. Can you spot the gates of the renowned Trinity College from your spot on the open-top bus?

After a long day of sightseeing, get off at Browns restaurant and enjoy an afternoon tea!

What to know before you go

  • The City Sightseeing Oxford ticket includes consecutive 24-hour access to one hop-on, hop-off bus route and 20 stops around the city, plus guided tour commentary. This is live commentary in English, children’s commentary in English and/or audio commentary in 12 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Polish.
  • This City Sightseeing ticket is a flexible three-month ticket.  
  • Please print your voucher and present it on arrival at any of the 20-tour pickup points.
  • The tour starts at 9.30am and the last tour leaves at 4pm.
  • The sightseeing tour is operational all year round, except for 25 and 25 December and 1 January.
  • You have access to a guided walking tour, which is seasonal. Please ask about it on arrival.
  • Kids up to four years old go for free. There are concessionary tickets available for students with a valid ID and seniors aged over 65. Children aged 5 -15 years old and families (two adults and three children) can get reduced-rate tickets.
  • No refunds or exchanges are available after booking.

Getting there

  • It’s possible to join the route at any of the 20 route pickup points in Oxford.
  • The first stop on the Red Line is Oxford railway station. There are direct trains from London Paddington to Oxford in under an hour.
  • By car, Oxford is easily accessible by the M40 and M4.
  • Worcester Street, Oxpens and Gloucester Green car parks are all within a short walking distance from the railway station. Oxford has five park and ride services clearly signposted from the Oxford Ring Road.

Read more about City Sightseeing’s tours here.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines
An open-top double-decker sightseeing bus standing in a street in Oxford.
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