Car Hire from Oxford Airport
Oxford Airport offers easy access to historic Oxford, local market towns, pretty villages and the beautiful natural scenery of the Cotswolds. Hiring a car from the airport is a great way to get around and discover this picturesque part of England.
Where to hire a car at Oxford Airport
The only car hire company based at Oxford Airport is Enterprise Rent-a-Car. The Enterprise office is located opposite the terminal building and cars are located in a depot on site. Passengers can also arrange to pick-up or drop-off hire cars at the airport by booking in advance with either Hertz or Thames Valley Rentals.
Petrol Stations near Oxford Airport
The closest petrol station to Oxford Airport is Yarnton Service Station. It’s located on the A44 towards Oxford city centre, south of the airport in the village of Yarnton.
Driving around Oxford Airport
The A44 is the main road running to and from Oxford Airport. Heading northwest from the airport it travels towards the Cotswolds, Evesham and Worcester. Heading southeast, it travels towards Oxford city centre and offers connections with the A40 and A34, both of which provide easy access to the M40 motorway.
Roads around Oxford Airport are well-maintained and well-signposted. Rush hour traffic on the A34 and A40 sections of the ring road around Oxford can be avoided by checking local travel news before you leave on your journey.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Oxford Airport, here are just a few destinations that you’ll find within easy reach:
Oxford is one of the world’s most famous university cities. It’s home to ancient architecture, with some university college buildings dating back 750 years, and it’s steeped in history. Visitors can take tours of the colleges, go punting on the river or discover the city’s artsy side in the Jericho area, with its art-house cinema and independent bars.
It takes around 25 minutes to drive from Oxford Airport to Oxford city centre. There are a number of available routes but the most direct takes the A44 south and then the A34 south before picking up the A420 into the centre. There is a range of city centre car parks and some street parking to choose from. Cheaper parking is available by using Oxford’s park and ride system. Car parks are located on all sides of the city and up to 24 hours’ parking costs between £2 and £4 plus the cost of your bus ticket into the city centre.
Bourton-on-the-Water is a picturesque village in the heart of the Cotswolds. It has a quaint High Street and a number of arched stone bridges crossing the River Windrush. As well as the shops, restaurants and pubs of the village centre, visitors can enjoy a trip to the Cotswold Motoring Museum, Birdland Park and Gardens or the model railway.
Bourton-on-the-Water is around 45 minutes’ drive from Oxford Airport taking the A44 north and then the A4095 south and A40 west. Parking at the Rissington Road car park in Bourton is reasonably priced with charges of around £6.50 for 10 hours. On Sundays, parking charges apply from 10am to 4pm. The car park is around five minutes’ walk from Bourton centre.
The market town of Banbury lies north of Oxford Airport. It’s the location of the famous Banbury Cross (although the original cross was destroyed by Puritans in the 17th century). There are lots of ancient buildings to admire and a museum where you can learn more about the town’s history. Visitors can also explore a selection of stately homes in the local area including Broughton Castle, Aynhoe House and Upton House.
The town of Banbury is around 30 minutes’ drive from Oxford Airport, taking the A4260 northbound. There’s a selection of short stay and long stay car parks around the town centre. Parking is free from 7pm but parking charges apply every day of the week, including Sundays.