Find out how much it costs to Park and Ride in Oxford.
Ownership of the sites is now shared between us and Oxford City Council, so charging will vary (for a map see the locations  page).
- Parking charges at Thornhill and Water Eaton
- Parking charges at Redbridge, Seacourt and Peartree
- Bus ticket prices
Charges for long-stay parking at Thornhill and Water Eaton started on 10 December: pre-register at,
Up to 11 hours - free
Short stay parking (up to 11 hours) is free for the majority of users at Thornhill and Water Eaton, which we still run.
Over 11 hours
The aim is to protect parking associated mainly with daily journeys into Oxford – which remains free for up to 11 hours.
Many vehicles currently parking beyond this time limit are associated with travel to other destinations including London and the airports.
There are now charges for long-stay parking at Thornhill and Water Eaton. Charges at both sites are:
- up to 11 hours - free
- more than 11 hours but less than 24 - £3
- more than 24 hours, up to a maximum of 72 hours - £3 for each 24 hours
- more than 72 hours - £100 excess charge
Disabled Blue Badge holders are exempt from the parking charges and key workers are exempt from the initial £3 charge if they are working at the hospitals in Headington.
If you fail to pay, each daily offence will result in a £100 excess charge notice, payable within 28 days. The charge will be reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.
How the system works
The system is operated by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras monitoring vehicles entering and leaving the sites to determine length of stay. Car park staff patrol the sites and issue excess charge tickets.
How to pay
A range of payment methods are available:
- By cash or card: at pay points near the terminal building
- Online: at
- By mobile phone: pre-register at , then text PARKREG and your location code to 67766.
You will need the code of your car park (27361 for Thornhill or 27362 for Water Eaton), how long you intend to park and your car registration number. So for 24 hours' parking at Water Eaton, text PARKREG 27362 24 AA12XYZ.
You do not need to display the ticket/receipt in your vehicle.
Further information is available at both sites.
Oxford City Council  has introduced a charge for parking at these three Park and Ride sites (but there are no charges for parking after 6.30pm until 5am the next morning). You must pay for a ticket on arrival.
Cash using the pay machines on site:
- 1 day £2
- 7 days £10
On your mobile or online with a credit/debit card
Pay online on the RingGo website , or to pay by phone call 01865 989000 from your mobile and register with RingGo. Charges are:
- 1 day £2.20
- 7 days £10.20
- 28 days £30.20 (includes text reminder 24 hours before expiry)
The RingGo location codes are:
- Pear Tree 3919
- Seacourt 3918
- Redbridge 3920
(If you have already registered with RingGo at any other location, you need not register again.)
For services 300, 400 and 500 (run by Oxford Bus Company)
Park and Ride sites to the city centre:
- Single - £1.70
- Return (before 9am Mon-Fri) - £2.70
- Return (all other times and bank holidays) - £2.40
- up to three accompanied children under 16 travel free on these buses
For longer term ticket prices see the Oxford Bus Company  website.
For services 23 and X13 (run by Oxford Bus Company)
Redbridge to the John Radcliffe Hospital:
- Single - £2.10
- Return - £3.40
For service X3 (run by Oxford Bus Company)
Redbridge to Oxford Station:
- Single - £2.10
- Return - £3.40
For service 700 (run by Stagecoach)
Water Eaton to the hospitals:
- Return to John Radcliffe Hospital - £3.70
- Return to Churchill or Nuffield Hospitals) - £4
For service 600 (run by Thames Travel)
Thornhill to the hospitals:
- Return - £1.50
Where to buy your bus ticket
You can buy your ticket from the bus driver. For services 300, 400 and 500, which are operated by Oxford Bus Company , you can also purchase tickets on their website or at their travel shop located in Debenhams at Magdalen Street, Oxford City Centre.
Can I use my concessionary fare pass on the Park and Ride?
Yes, you can travel on the Park and Ride services using your bus pass .
Scottish and Welsh concessionary passes are not accepted.