Bus Travel in Oxford

The hassle-free way to enjoy the city of dreaming spires

Oxford is one of the world's oldest university cities. Its beautiful limestone architecture is a popular backdrop to TV programmes like Lewis and films such as Harry Potter.

Explore its quirky lanes, the magnificence of the Bodleian Library or take a punt on the River Isis. Why not take in a theatre show or world-class dining? There's also a huge range of shopping opportunities from Oxford's Covered Market to your usual high street names.

Getting to Oxford could not be easier, Sapphire 280 buses run every 20 minutes during the main part of the day Monday to Saturday and half-hourly Sundays with late buses until 10:30 Monday to Sunday. Sapphire 280 buses connect Oxford with Aylesbury, Stone, Haddenham, Thame, and 

The best value fares are Orbit Zone tickets offering unlimited travel on Service 280:

  • Adult day £6.60
  • Adult 3 Day Flexi £18.50
  • Child day £4.20
  • Student day £5.40
  • Family day £12 (valid for five people with a maximum of two adults) 

Buy your tickets here where there are more options for those travelling more often. 

For those just making one or two journeys, single/return tickets are perfect:


 Adult singleAdult returnChild singleChild return
Aylesbury to Oxford£5.10£6.50£3.40£4.30
Thame to Oxford£4.60£6.10£3.00£4.00
Haddenham to Oxford£4.60£6.10£3.00£4.00
Wheatley to Oxford£2.70£4.10£1.80£2.70


All fares are available on the Arriva Bus App or on the bus via contactless or cash. 

Bus services in Oxford

Click the links below for some of our Oxford bus timetables. To find your bus route in this area, please use the journey planner here.  

Zone maps

Take a look at our zone maps showing bus routes and ticket zone boundaries:

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