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Cheltenham to Oxford Bus

From the 26th July, we're pleased to be running the 853 bus service between Cheltenham & Oxford.

Travelling by bus to Oxford is a great way to explore the City. The bus runs directly along the A40,  passing through the beautiful countryside villages of Northleach, Burford and Witney.

The bus stops in Oxford at St Giles in the City Centre, which is within a 15 minute walk of the Westgate Shopping Centre ,  Oxford Castle,  Museum of Natural History and University of Oxford - so there's plenty to do and see.  For some inspiration on great days out in Oxford, why not check out the Visit Oxford website. 

View the Cheltenham to Oxford timetable here 

Route Map

View the Cheltenham to Oxford route below.   
This lists the main stops along the route but we'll pick up and drop off at any bus stop
 we pass.  Plan your journey to find your nearest stop. 

Ticket Prices

We're offering an introductory discount on our dayrider tickets - the 853 Dayrider Gold is just £10 and can be used for your journey between Cheltenham and Oxford, as well as travel on Stagecoach local buses in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.   Buy your ticket in advance on the Stagecoach Bus App if you're travelling into Cheltenham or Oxford to catch the bus.

  Plus, we have a special offer for customers travelling frequently. You can buy 5 tickets for the price of 4 on the Stagecoach Bus App.  You'll have 1 month to use up your tickets before they expire. 

Other single and return fares are available for short journeys. Use our journey planner to find prices.

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For travel 
853 Dayrider Gold
Unlimited travel for the day between Cheltenham and Oxford, can also be used on Stagecoach buses in Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire
853 Dayrider Gold - Child
Unlimited travel for U16s between Cheltenham and Oxford, can also be used on Stagecoach buses in Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire
Explorer ticket
 £7 on App / £7.50 on bus
Valid between Cheltenham and Burford, can also be used on Stagecoach buses in Gloucestershire
Group Explorer  Ticket
Ticket for up to 4 people, valid between Cheltenham and Burford, can also be used on Stagecoach buses in Gloucestershire
Oxfordshire Family dayrider Gold
Ticket for up to 2 adults and 3 children, valid between Oxford and Burford, can also be used on Stagecoach buses in Oxfordshire

All tickets can be bought on the bus or on the Stagecoach Bus App. Pay with cash or contactless card.  


Download the Stagecoach Bus App

The Stagecoach Bus App has all you need in one place - bus tracking, journey planning, live bus information and mobile bus tickets.
Download the App by clicking on the links below.

Travelling Safely

Here are a few tips on how you can travel safely on our services. For full guidance, please click here.
  • Thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands before and after you travelTravelling safely on the bus
    • Let people off the bus before you get on and try to keep a safe distance between you, the driver and other customers
    • When you're on the bus, sit one person per double row. Leaving the space next to and behind someone free.
    • Try to pay for your ticket using contactless or buy through the Stagecoach Bus App, although we will still accept cash.
    • Don't forget your face covering - it is now mandatory to wear these on public transport unless you are exempt.



    How long does it take to travel from Cheltenham to Oxford on the bus?

    On average, the journey from Cheltenham to Oxford takes 1 hour 45 minutes. 

    How do I get 5 tickets for the price of 4?

    Add 5 853 Dayrider Gold tickets to your basket on the Stagecoach Bus App, and you'll pay for the price of 4. You'll then have up to 1 month to use these tickets before they expire.

    Is this a direct service from Cheltenham to Oxford?

    This service runs to Witney, with a connecting service to Oxford. You will not need to change bus.


    What is the distance between Cheltenham and Oxford?

    The distance between Cheltenham Royal Well and Oxford St Giles is 41 miles.


    What time is the first bus from Cheltenham to Oxford?

    The first bus from Cheltenham departs at 06:50 on week days or 07:00 on Saturdays.


    What time is the last bus from Oxford to Cheltenham?

    The last bus from Oxford departs at 18:05.