See the City of Dreaming Spires by open-top bus. City Sightseeing Oxford lets you explore for 24 or 48 hours.

• Visit famous colleges on the City & University route.

• Hear insightful commentary from a live guide.

• Present your ticket to tour staff at any bus stop.

• Tickets are confirmed and sent immediately by email.


About The City Sightseeing Oxford Tour:

'Guide Friday City Sightseeing' is Oxford's official bus tour service. Their in-depth knowledge coupled with a comprehensive itinerary make them by far the best way to get the most out of your visit.

All of Oxford's world renowned colleges are within easy reach of the 'City & University' sightseeing route. This route has 20 bus stops including Oxford Railway Station, Queen's College, the Sheldonian Theatre and much more.

As you travel aboard the double decker buses you can listen to intriguing commentary either from a live English-speaking guide or the pre-recorded audio system. Both routes are a breeze to navigate and they allow you disembark at any point for closer on-foot exploration.


  • All Year Round, Daily.


  • Audio Guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Portuguese.
  • Live English-speaking guides on some departures.

Route Information:

  • A full list of stops and timings are contained in the Map and Timetable Downloads - View Here.


  • 1 Hour.


  • Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
  • Live English-Speaking Guides.
  • Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.

Tour Itinerary:

Guide Friday City Sightseeing Oxford is a distinct variant of the City Sightseeing brand. As well as the signature red buses you will have the option of hopping aboard a vintage Guide Friday bus. These old-fashioned style vehicles provide the same great service and follow an identical route to the red buses, but add a quaint, rustic touch to a city that is itself very classical.

In its long history Oxford has proven to be a source of inspiration and a seat of learning for many notable authors. Hop-off at stops next to Magdalen, Pembroke, Merton and Oriel colleges; all four count amongst their alumni literary giants such as: Matthew Arnold, Samuel Johnson, T.E. Lawrence, C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde and J.R.R. Tolkien. If you're partial to a good read and at the very least need more than 5 fingers to tally up your favorite writers then Guide Friday City Sightseeing can take you to the haunts of some of the greatest.

For travelers who're passionate about classical English architecture Oxford is a haven of delights. Despite the city's compact size it maintains many prime examples of Norman, Gothic, Tudor and Georgian construction. You can visit all of them with Guide Friday City Sightseeing as the buses place you within easy walking distance of gems such as: Balliol College, Carfax Tower, Oxford Castle, the New Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and Corpus Christi College. The itinerary is a testament to Oxford's heritage and timeless traditions. Live guides and recorded commentary explain the stories behind each of these buildings and many more.

With so many fine, ancient buildings it's easy to overlook the little attractions. Grab a bite to eat at the Eagle and Child Pub- a must for Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fans! Peruse the Botanical Gardens and take a calming stroll through the University parks. There's no rush with City Sightseeing Oxford.

| City & University Route - 20 Stops:

  • 1) Oxford Railway Station.
  • 2) Park End Street.
  • 3) Gloucester Green Bus Station.
  • 4) New Road.
  • 5) Westgate Shopping Centre.
  • 6) Speedwell Street.
  • 7) Christ Church / St. Aldates & Shopping.
  • 8) Brasenose College.
  • 9) The Queen's College.
  • 10) The Plain.
  • 11) St. Cross Road.
  • 12) South Parks Road.
  • 13) Sheldonian Theatre.
  • 14) Trinity College Gates & Shopping.
  • 15) Parks Road.
  • 16) Banbury Road.
  • 17) Woodstock Road.
  • 18) St Giles Church.
  • 19) Magdalen Street East.
  • 20) Randolph Hotel & Shopping.

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Important Information & Usage instructions

Print off the ticket voucher you receive from this site and present it to a member of the Guide Friday/City Sightseeing Oxford tour staff at any stop.


• Children aged 4 years and under travel free.

• Students and seniors may be asked to present a valid form of ID when showing their ticket to the tour staff. Valid international IDs are accepted.

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