koshkha 4


Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: Very sad to discover that almost half of my COT list haven't posted in the last 6 months - so I had a clean up. All still on alerts though.

Member since:26.12.2005


Members who trust:318


How to Park in Oxford


It's cheap  -  especially if you're on your own

At certain times of day the journey in and out can take too long for short visits .

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Value for Money




Ease of getting around

Family FriendlyGood

47 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
exceptional by (2%):
  1. ChemicalRomance
very helpful by (98%):
  1. Amazingwoo
  2. greenierexyboy
  3. fizzytom
and 43 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

Great City - Scary Car Parking Charges

Living in Northants we're a bit limited for local cities worth visiting. Northampton is rather a dump, Market Harborough is charming but tiny and places like Kettering and Corby are best avoided. If we want the excitement of a proper city, we generally go to Oxford. We tend to go four or five times a year and I sometimes use it as a place to meet up with friends who'd rather make the journey there than travel a little further to see us at home in Northamptonshire.

Oxford is a fabulous city but there's one thing that you really don't want to try to do and that's to park in the city centre. The car parks are ridiculously expensive with prices that really will make your eyes water especially if you're planning to park up whilst staying overnight. If you have the patience of a saint and are willing to walk a long way, you might be lucky enough to find some free on-road parking but don't count on it. Most of the city has residents' only parking or double yellow lines. It's a nightmare. Hotels in the centre charge shocking rates and often need pre-booking so I strongly recommend to use the Park and Ride system.

All Roads Lead to a Park and Ride

No matter from which direction you approach Oxford there will be signs for the Park and Ride car parks. To the north of the city you'll find Water Eaton and Pear Tree car parks which are easily accessed from the M40 at Junction 9. To the east of the city is the Thornhill car park, to the south is Redbridge and to the west is Seacourt. I've used all except Redbridge and Seacourt.

The system is simple and good value – especially if you are travelling alone when they represent a real bargain. I most often use Peartree but the system is the same at all of the car parks. You arrive, park up and head to the bus stop. Buy a ticket – a return if you are coming back the same day, a single if you'll be longer – and then get on the bus. An adult return last time I used the Park and Ride in April 2011 was £2.20 off peak (this includes weekends, bank holidays and after 9 am during the week) or £2.50 peak. If you are travelling as a couple, there's a slight discount and two off peak will cost you £4 – but remember you do have to travel together. A single costs £1.60 and weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual tickets are also available. You pay nothing to park your car.

Is it Safe?

I often go to events at my old college which require me to stay overnight. I used to be very nervous about leaving my car at Pear Tree until the driver of one of the buses told me that crime is now very rare at the car parks. I had previously heard about cars being stolen or damaged at the Thornhill site because it was the closest to London and gangs would come out from the city to rob cars or steal their contents but that seems to have now been stamped out. The buses run from a well-lit busy area in the town centre where you should have no concern for personal safety either. Peartree, Redbridge and Seacourt accept cars for up to 24 hours with the other two allowing you to stay for up to 3 days.

Time Flies

From Pear Tree it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get into central Oxford. Most of the other sites have a similar journey time. The frequency of the buses varies during the day from as little as 8-10 minutes between departures at peak time and as long as 30 minutes during the evenings. The buses are all quite new, invariably clean and tidy and if you're excited by double deckers, you'll be glad to know that all the fleet are of this type. If you are one of the first to get on, head upstairs and grab the front seats for the best views.

I always enjoy the journey in from Pear Tree as it passes along the Woodstock Road where I lived for a year and I like to check out my old stamping ground. The bus deposits passengers on George Street close to the theatre and picks up from St Giles, just outside the Odeon Cinema, opposite the Martyrs Memorial.

For short visits, it's not always cheaper

We recently took my aunt and uncle from Australia on a quick visit to Oxford and did our research on the car parking in advance of our visit. Because the Park and Ride charges per person, and we only planned to be there for three or four hours, we worked out that the 1200 capacity Westgate multi-storey car park behind the Westgate Shopping Centre was actually cheaper than the park and ride. The break even point with four people is about 4 hours on a weekday or Sunday. Saturdays it's around 3 hours. Obviously with a smaller number of people it makes no sense.

My normal stay is an overnighter on my own - the cheapest of the central car parks would set me back ten times more than the Park and Ride. Unless your intended visit is very short and you have a car-full of people, I strongly recommend to use the Oxford Park and Ride service. The only exception to this recommendation would be if you are registered disabled and can park for free in the car parks. Even in that case you'll be at the mercy of the availability of spaces. Good luck and enjoy your visit.
  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

  Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

greenierexyboy 23.08.2011 20:44

Our Park 'n' Ride in Cambridge is more expensive, and therefore must be better...

wigglylittleworm 21.08.2011 03:37

i use the Edinburgh park and ride

TheTravellingShowAndTellMan 15.08.2011 15:54

I either take the bus from where i live or I park on the west side of twon, where you can get free parking all day at only a 5-10 minute walk away from the centre. Still Park and Ride is all good, even if it is a scandalous excuse for a double entendre

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Oxford Park and Ride, Oxford »

1 to 3 out of 48 similar offers for Oxford Park and Ride, Oxford Show all similar offers
Office Park And Ride

Office Park And Ride

Flats By OFFICE Slip on moccasin loafer in black leather with fringing and tassle ... more

detailing - Leather upper - Leather lining -
Leather sock - Synthetic sole About OFFICE
Collection Based in London, our design and buying
teams work together to bring you the latest
directional fashion footwear to ensure you always
put the best foot forward. Taking inspiration from
catwalks, travel, music and everything in between
to provide you with a fresh look season after

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace shoes
:  Usually dispatched within 3-4 business days...

Siku Super,1617 Hinged Bus,Park & Ride

Siku Super,1617 Hinged Bus,Park & Ride

An articulated bus (either a motor bus or trolleybus) is an articulated vehicle used in ... more

public transportation. It is usually a single-deck
design, and comprises two rigid sections linked by
a pivoting joint. This arrangement allows a longer
legal overall length than single-decker
rigid-bodied buses, and hence a higher passenger
capacity, while still allowing the bus to
manoeuvre adequately on the roads of its service
route. Around the English-speaking world,
articulated buses have acquired several different
synonyms that allude to their articulated design,
such as bendy buses, tandem buses, stretch buses,
double buses, banana buses, slinky buses, wiggle
buses, caterpillar buses, accordion buses or
vestibule buses. Due to their high passenger
capacity, articulated buses are often used as part
of bus rapid transit schemes, and can include
mechanical guidance.

 Visit Shop  >
amazon toys
:  Usually dispatched within 24 hours...

Peppa Pig's Magic Tea Cup Theme Park Ride

Peppa Pig's Magic Tea Cup Theme Park Ride

Peppa Pig's Magic Tea Cup Theme Park Ride is sure to get Peppa in a spin. Toddlers will ... more

love putting the 5cm high Peppa figure in the ride
and pushing her along. She spins as the ride rolls
- just make sure she doesn't get too dizzy. This
cute car has couples at the back and front which
clip easily to other Peppa Pig Theme Park rides or
the Peppa Pig train to form one big ride. Suitable
for kids aged three and up.

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace toys
:  Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days...

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of Oxford Park and Ride, Oxford has been rated:

"exceptional" by (2%):

  1. ChemicalRomance

"very helpful" by (98%):

  1. Amazingwoo
  2. greenierexyboy
  3. fizzytom

and 43 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Head of the River, Oxford

Head of the River, Oxford

Hotel - Folly Bridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4LB

User reviews (2)

Buy Now

Old Black Horse, Oxford

Old Black Horse, Oxford

Hotel - 102 St. Clements, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX 1AR - 10 Rooms

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 74.25

Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

Hotel - Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2LN - 3 Stars - 109 Rooms

User reviews (5)

Buy Now

Are you the manufacturer / provider of Oxford Park and Ride, Oxford? Click here