Hello my lovelies, hope you are doing well? Trying to decide a way to travel to the airport from Oxford? Well here is my full review of The Airline Coach which is part of the Oxford bus company.
Disclaimer: The experience was a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are mine. Click here to read my disclaimer.
A bit about the Oxford Bus Company, Did you know that they have kept the people of Oxford going for over 136 years? The airline which operates 24/7/365 a year offers a frequent service to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports from Oxford. When you travel, please follow their COVID-19 bus travel guide to help keep you, your family, and our colleague’s safe (Click here for the guide).
Checking Route & Buying Tickets
If you are based in Oxford going for a short vacation and traveling to either of the Airport, have you thought about using their park & ride parking which has a frequent local bus? Well, that is what I did on this day and at this COVID-19 time, the parking is free. Using the park & ride 300 the last stop is about 2 minute’s walk to the Gloucester bus station which is great if you have some luggage. If you are using the train, there are frequent buses outside the train station which will drop you closer to the coach station and it is roughly 2-5 mins walk. You can also take a local taxi which will drop you at the coach station.
With the airline flyer ticket, your local journey is free and this can be single day/next day return, or period return tickets. This ticket covers your entire journey from your nearest convenient Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel bus stop, all the way through to the airline bus stop and on to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. You can book your seat in advance via their website (click here ), or pay while you get their drivers can take contactless payments of up to £45 on-board or you can use our App to buy your tickets, plan your journey and track your coach along the route? FYI users enjoy £5 off their first purchase using code OBCAPP. Search Oxford Bus Company and download it on the AppStore or Google Play.
Cost & Journey time
A day return will cost 1 adult £25 while an open return is £30 and for children between the age of 5-15, a day return is £12.50 while an open return is £15.00 but children under 5 are free. FYI they also accept Dollars and Euro note payments are accepted click here from conversion rate.
Subject to travel conditions, it takes 80 minutes to Terminal 5 or 90 minutes to Heathrow Central Bus Station. Find out more information click here. To Gatwick North Terminal and an additional 5 minutes to Gatwick South Terminal subject to travel conditions, it takes between 2 and 2 and a half hours. Find out more click here.
What your Ticket buys & other information
The airline offers comfort and luxury including; Power sockets/USB charging points; Air-conditioned coaches; onboard toilets and Free WiFi. They have significantly enhanced their cleaning protocols and each time a coach returns from a round trip it’s cleaned and disinfected using the ‘STORM’ system. This means they clean and disinfects surfaces by spraying anti-viral chemicals from the cleaner’s backpack. They are also running a competition on their Instagram page which will end on the 31st Aug 2020 to win £150 Samsonite luggage vouchers @theairlinecoach so go check out their requirement now.
My Experience & Final Thought
Like I said earlier parked at the park & ride then use the bus to the coach station and a return ticket was £2.80 while parking was free. I had an open ticket which was £30.00 to take me to Heathrow terminal 5 and I slept on my way there but make sure I was awake to take in the views on my way back. From the Gloucester bus station, bus leaves every 30 minutes and from Heathrow, it is every hour which is amazing and easy to remember. Of course, I charged my phone throughout each journey cos my battery was low and used their WIFI as well. In conclusion, I had a really fun day you can go check out my highlight on Instagram which will be up until the end of 2020, and even though I didn’t travel out of the country it felt good being at the airport for a change. Thank you @theairlinecoach for my day out.