Real-time bus information | Oxfordshire County Council

Real-time bus information

Use Oxontime to check if your bus is on time and save yourself a wait at the bus stop.

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You can check the predicted departure times for your bus before you leave your home or office by searching for your nearest stop on the Oxontime website .  If you are out and about you can also check via the SMS text service

Oxontime predictions are updated every 30 seconds giving you live information to help plan your journey.

Which buses does it include?

  • The entire fleet of Oxford Bus Company vehicles, including the branded Park and Ride services, the BrookesBus services, X90 coaches to London and the airline coaches to Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports
  • All Stagecoach bus services in and around Oxford including The Oxford Tube coach service to London and the services between Water Eaton and Thornhill Park & Ride car parks and the Hospitals (John Radcliffe, Nuffield, Churchill)
  • All Thames Travel services
  • All Arriva services that pass into Oxfordshire, notably the 280 Aylesbury service and the Wycombe to Reading services (via Henley on Thames).
  • Carousel Buses line 40 that works in the east of the county
  • Grayline service E1 joining the developing eco-suburb to the town centre and Bicester Village railway station.

A more comprehensive list can be found at the Oxontime website

Bus stop displays

Passengers benefit from on street signs at more than 250 bus stops in Oxford and the surrounding towns and villages, displaying how many minutes until the next bus arrives.

There are also displays at key interchange sites such as the Park and Ride car parks.

Other benefits

The bus operators get the benefit of automatic vehicle tracking from the same on-board equipment used to provide Oxontime data.

This enables them to be more effective in managing their fleets and help them avoid the bunching of buses on busy routes - measures to help with the provision of better bus services for the passengers of Oxfordshire.

We will continue to pass Oxontime live bus information via an API to institutions such as the universities, local rail station operators and hospitals, and also to Traveline NextBuses users so that the same information is available as widely as possible.

Who set this up?

Oxontime Real-Time Information (RTI) system is a working partnership between Oxfordshire County Council, local Go-Ahead Group bus operators (The Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses), Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Arriva the Shires. 

In its third generation (from 31 March 2016) all the back-office data processing services are provided by our contractor Nimbus Journey Solutions. Nimbus, in turn, passes the data onto who maintain the Oxontime website and to M2M Tech Ltd who maintain the on-street bus stop displays.

Each of the partner bus companies has always made significant investment in on-bus tracking equipment, and from 2016 they also fund the maintenance of the system.

Contact us

For more information on this system why not visit the Oxontime website, or if you have comments or suggestions, please email

Last reviewed
07 June 2017
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