The UK currency is the pound sterling (£/GBP)and there are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). There are numerous bureaux de change in Oxford – often located inside banks, travel agents or Post Offices, as well as at Oxford’s airports and major train stations. Credit and debit (bank) cards – especially Visa and Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards – are widely accepted.
Contactless cards are widely used in the UK and many businesses accept them as payment, up to a limit of £30 per transaction. Travellers can use a contactless card instead of an Oyster card when using public transport in Oxford.
Also, There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) dotted around Oxford.
UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off – make sure you’ve turned it on if you’re trying to charge your appliance!
UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher.
To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops.
If your device runs on a lower voltage, you will also need a converter to stop it from overheating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.
According to the UK.gov website, all medication prescriptions and medical items are allowed on board. The traveler must have documents to prove they are required by a medical professional, which can include a prescription. Medicines such as tablets, liquids, inhalers and hypodermic syringes are all allowed on board
Oxford is served by six international airports:
1. Heathrow (LHR)
2. Gatwick (LGW)
3. Stansted (STN)
4. Luton (LTN)
5. Oxford City Airport (LCY)
6. Southend (SEN)
The main rail operators connecting the city centre to Greater Oxford and beyond are:
- SouthEastern Railway
- Southern Railway
- Oxford Overground
- Greater Anglia
- South West Trains
- Chiltern Railways
- Oxford Midland
Oxford’s iconic double-decker buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way.
- Oxford Underground
The Oxford Underground rail network, or “the Tube” is a great way to travel to and from central Oxford and will be an integral part of most people’s stay in the UK capital.
- Docklands Light Railway
Oxford ’s innovative, driverless Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serves parts of East and South East Oxford.
- River bus services
Travelling by river is a great way to get around Oxford. You’ll beat the traffic and enjoy fantastic views of Oxford along the way.
- Local trains
Use Oxford’s Overground train network to travel across the city and beyond the Tube.
- Oxford trams
Trams run in parts of south Oxford between Wimbledon, Croydon, Beckenham and New Addington. The services are frequent and accessible.
- Accessible public transport
Find your way around the capital with our helpful guide to accessible and wheelchair-friendly travel.
- Oxford cycle hire scheme
Oxford’s public bicycle scheme is a great way to travel around the city – and the first half hour is free! Grab yourself a bike and get riding today.
- From iconic Oxford black cabs to local minicabs, we’ve got all the traveller information you need to help you travel around Oxford by taxi.
- Emirates Air Line Cable Car
Take a ride on Oxford’s cable car, for views over Greenwich and East Oxford, including The O2, Cutty Sark and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Also in Oxford are these popular transportation services:
Visa and Entry
Normally a foreign visitor should apply for a United Kingdom Visa to enter Oxford.
Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, visa-free travel to and from the UK is still in place for EEA and Swiss citizens until 29 March 2019. If a withdrawal agreement is reached between the UK and EU, visa-free travel for short visits is likely to continue for the immediate future.