Parking in Oxford – The Ultimate Guide

Parking in Oxford – The Ultimate Guide

Parking in Oxford

Looking for parking in Oxford? Well, hold on to your hats, as this guide will be covering every option so you can take the stress away of finding parking in the wonderful university city of Oxford…

Parking in Oxford – everything you need to know

Ok, let’s get straight into it. If you’re visiting Oxford by car, it can be difficult to know exactly where to park, especially if this is your first visit. You’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of parking options, so find the one that’s best suited to you and your trip.

Let’s get straight to the good stuff…

Free Parking in Oxford

Firstly, you may want to find a free parking spot in or around Oxford, especially if you are visiting for the full day, weekend or even if you’re just popping into the shops for an hour.

Our handy free parking in Oxford guide will cover the best places to park for free as well as linking to the route so you can download it straight onto your smartphone map app, but here’s a run down some of the free parking spots available in Oxford:

  • Sunningwell Road
  • Lincoln Road
  • Norreys Avenue
  • Vicarage Road
  • Lake Street

Parking in Oxford City Centre

If you’re wanting to park in the heart of Oxford City Centre, we’ll cover the options below, whether you want on-street parking or a council run car park just a stones throw away from the action.

Public car parks in Oxford

Luckily, Oxford does have a good amount of council run and private car parks within 5 minutes walk of the City Centre. It’s recommended you choose a car park based on how you will get to the city.

Car ParkCharging HoursChargesPayment Options
Broad Street, OX1 3AZ8am – 10pm1 Hour – £5.70
2 Hours – £8.90
6.30pm – 10pm – £5.70
Cash, card
Gloucester Green, OX1 2BN8am – MidnightMon – Fri
0 to 1 hour: £4.00
1 to 2 hours: £6.00
2 to 3 hours: £9.00
3 to 4 hours: £11.50
4 to 6 hours: £18.00
6 to 8 hours: £28.00
8+ hours: £35.00
After 8pm: £4.00

Saturday and Sunday:
0 to 1 hour: £4.50
1 to 2 hours: £7.30
2 to 3 hours: £10.00
3 to 4 hours: £12.50
4 to 6 hours: £20.00
6 to 8 hours: £30.00
8+ hours: £35.00
After 8pm: £4.50
Coins, notes and card
Oxford Train Station (Becket Street), OX1 1HS24 hoursMonday – Saturday
Before 10am: £30.00
10am – 1pm: £22.50
1pm – 5pm: £15.00
5pm thereafter: £7.50

Sunday 
Daily Rate: £7.50
Card, App
Oxpens, OX1 1RQ24 hoursMonday – Sunday, 6am to 5pm
0 to 1 hour: £3.00
1 to 2 hours: £4.00
2 to 3 hours: £5.00
3 to 4 hours: £7.00
4 to 5 hours: £9.00
5 to 6 hours: £11.00
6 to 12 hours: £18.00
12 to 24 hours: £25.00

Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 6am (evening tariff)
Cash, Ringo
Westgate, OX1 1TR24 hoursMonday – Sunday, 6am to 5pm
0 to 1 hour: £3.00
1 to 2 hours: £4.00
2 to 3 hours: £5.00
3 to 4 hours: £7.00
4 to 5 hours: £9.00
5 to 6 hours: £11.00
6 to 12 hours: £18.00
12 to 24 hours: £25.00

Monday – Sunday, 5pm to 6am:
0 to 1 hour: £3.00
Over 1 hour: £3.50
Coins, notes, cards and contactless
Worcester Street, OX1 2BQ24 hoursMonday – Friday, 8am – 8pm
0 to 1 hour: £4.00
1 to 2 hours: £6.00
2 to 3 hours: £9.00
3 to 4 hours: £11.50
4 to 6 hours: £18.00
6 to 8 hours: £28.00
8+ hours: £35.00
After 8pm: £4.00

Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 8pm
0 to 1 hour: £4.50
1 to 2 hours: £7.30
2 to 3 hours: £10.00
3 to 4 hours: £12.50
4 to 6 hours: £20.00
6 to 8 hours: £30.00
8+ hours: £35.00
After 8pm: £4.50
Coins, notes, cards, Ringo

On-Street Parking in Oxford

There is on-street parking available in Oxford:

Car ParkCharging HoursChargesPayment Options
St Giles, OX1 3JP8am – 10pm8am to 6.30pm (max stay 2 hours, no return within 1 hour)    
Up to 1 hour – £5.70
Up to 2 hours – £8.90
6.30pm to 10pm
Any length of stay – £5.70
Coins, cards, contactless

Motorhome and Minibus Parking in Oxford

Motorhomes, minibuses and camper vans are permitted to park on Foss Islands Road as these bays are designed for larger vehicles (with up to 25 seats).

Where to find cheap parking in Oxford

There’s a few options if you are looking for cheap parking in Oxford:

Rent a driveway

A relatively new way to find cheap parking in Oxford is to rent space on a driveway, particularly if you are looking to park long term. By using this method, you can find cheap parking in Oxford from as little as £4 per day, a much more cost effective way than paying hourly rates.

Purchase a season ticket

If you commute into Oxford City Centre regularly for work, you can save money by purchasing a season ticket. Season tickets are available to suit your parking requirements.

Oxford park & ride

Oxford has a number of park and ride sites to make accessing the city centre as easy as possible:

Oxford Parkway Park and Ride OX2 8HA

This park and ride site is closest to the train station and can be accessed easily from the A40 (from Witney and Cheltenham), A4260 (from Kidlington), A34 (from Banbury, Bicester and Northampton) and the M40.

Prices

  • 0-1 hour free: £0.00
  • 1-11 hours: £2.00
  • 11-24 hours: £4.00
  • 24-48 hours: £8.00
  • 48-72 hours: £12.00

Pear Tree Park and Ride, OX2 8JZ

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.

Prices

  • 0-1 hour free: £0.00
  • 1-11 hours: £2.00
  • 11-24 hours: £4.00
  • 24-48 hours: £8.00
  • 48-72 hours: £12.00

Redbridge Park and Ride, OX1 4XG

Located off the A34 from Abingdon, Didcot and Newbury. This site is located to the south of the city.

Prices

  • 0-1 hour free: £0.00
  • 1-11 hours: £2.00
  • 11-24 hours: £4.00
  • 24-48 hours: £8.00
  • 48-72 hours: £12.00

Seacourt Park and Ride, OX2 0HP

Located off the A420 from Swindon and Bath, to the west of the city on the Botley Road.

Prices

  • 0-1 hour free: £0.00
  • 1-11 hours: £2.00
  • 11-24 hours: £4.00
  • 24-48 hours: £8.00
  • 48-72 hours: £12.00

Thornhill Park and Ride, OX3 8DP

Located off the A40 from Thame, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, London and the M40 to the east of the city, just before the ring road.

Prices

  • 0-1 hour free: £0.00
  • 1-11 hours: £2.00
  • 11-24 hours: £4.00
  • 24-48 hours: £8.00
  • 48-72 hours: £12.00

Where to find Blue Badge parking in Oxford

Blue Badge parking is available at the follow council car park in and around Oxford:

  • Westgate Multi-Storey
  • Oxford Train Station

Blue Badge holders can park in any of the 90 designated on-street disabled parking bays free of charge (standard charges apply for off-street parking).

Where to find motorcycle parking in Oxford

There is plenty of free motorcycle parking available in Oxford, in both council run car parks and on-street.

The council car parks that offer free motorcycle parking are:

  • Broad Street, OX1 3AZ
  • Oxpens, OX1 1RQ
  • Westgate, OX1 1TR
  • Worcester Street, OX1 2BQ

On-street motorcycle parking is available at the following locations:

  • St. Ebbes
  • Broad Street
  • St Giles
  • Oriel Square

You must park in the designated motorcycle bays when using these car parks.

Safest bike parking in Oxford

Cycling is fully encouraged in Oxford, so it should come as no surprise that there is a wide range of bike rack options in and around Oxford. 

LocationNumber of racks (minimum)
Mansfield Road12
St Michaels Street16
Magdalen Street East55
St George’s Place16
New Inn Hall Street6
St Aldates10
Brasenose Lane10
Oriel Square33
Broad Street48

Oxford hotels with parking

If you’re visiting the university city of Oxford, perhaps for a short break or a weekend away, you might want to know what hotels have parking available. You’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of hotels that offer parking: