The Oxfordshire Comet

Our bookable transport service for those who can't access suitable public transport.

COVID-19 update

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis the County Council have reduced the level of service provided by The Oxfordshire Comet to essential journeys only.  Group bookings and timetabled services have been suspended as a temporary measure.

With immediate effect bookings for The Oxfordshire Comet will only be taken for essential journeys, limited to one shopping trip per week or medical appointments.  There will be no restrictions on journeys to essential work for key workers.

The council will continue to provide this service whilst it still has available staff resources to do so.  The vehicles used for these essential journeys might be different to the normal Oxfordshire Comet minibus and the driver may be different to the usual one but please be assured all relevant checks and safeguarding measures have still been taken. 

In line with recent government guidance for public transport travel, all passengers of the Comet Service from Monday 15 June are required to wear a face covering providing they do not suffer from a health condition or have breathing difficulties., if this is the case they will be exempt.  When booking a journey, you will be asked to confirm if you have an exemption.  It is important that those using a face covering are able to do so properly – guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering is available.   Passengers should continue to maintain a 2-metre (6 feet) distance from other travelers who are not in their household.

If you have queries please telephone 01865 323201 between 9am to 12pm.

What is it?

It is a not-for-profit service, set up to allow people without suitable access to public transport to make the journeys they want.

The Oxfordshire Comet can be booked for any type of trip. Whether it’s to meet friends in town, travel across the county, attend an appointment or pop to the shops. The service is available 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday (not bank holidays).

It’s easy to book, with a pre-paid account that can be set up on the phone.

Watch our video about the comet.

Your vehicles, not ours

The Oxfordshire Comet uses vehicles that normally take children to school and adults to day care centres. We identified the times of the day when they weren’t being used and are making them available to you so that you can make the journeys you want. Because we already own these vehicles, we only have to cover running costs, meaning we can keep costs down for our passengers.

Who is it for?

Oxfordshire residents who don’t have access to suitable public transport, wheelchair users or those with mobility issues.

It can be booked by

  • individuals
  • groups
  • schools
  • organisations
  • local communities.

At your service

We can do one-off journeys, regular and group trips. We can also offer regular routes for local communities (similar to a bus route) that do not have access to existing public transport.

The 16-seater vehicles are fully wheelchair and pushchair accessible, and our friendly drivers are only too happy to help. Just let us know if you need some extra assistance getting on or off the Comet, or with carrying shopping inside.

Options for travel

Individuals

  • Exclusive use – you will have sole use of the vehicle and can bring up to 15 companions with you.
  • Shared travel – if you don’t mind travelling with others and can be flexible about what day you travel, we will try to match your journey with other bookings in your area to reduce the price. You can also bring a companion (or your children) with you, free of charge.

Organisations / groups

We can do one-off or regular group trips, or set up a regular route for a community, similar to a bus service. We charge a different rate for groups, so please call to discuss the service you want and we will give you a quote.

Register before you book

Individuals

  • call 01865 323201 to register and we’ll create an account for you
  • there is a one off registration fee of £3 and we will send you a membership card
  • buy credit for your account to make future journeys.
  • pay over the phone (credit/debit cards) to top up your account:
Amount Free credit
£10 top up -
£50 top up £5 free credit
£100 top up  £10 free credit

Groups

  • call 01865 323201 to register and we’ll create an account for you
  • there is a one off registration fee of £3 and we will send you a membership card
  • we will provide a quote for the trip(s)
  • you can pay by invoice after you travel.

How to book?

Once you’ve registered, book a trip by calling 01865 323201 (9am – 12pm  Monday to Friday).
Just tell us where to pick you up and where you want to go. 

If you are using our shared travel service, make sure you ring at least 24 hours before you want to travel.  we would advise you to ring the week before for shared travel, as the earlier you ring for a shared service the more likely it is that we will be able to do your journey.

The service runs 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays).

Costs

We’re charging passengers to cover running costs, not to make profit, meaning we can keep prices to a minimum. Costs will vary based on the length of the journey and which travel option you choose.

Indicative costs

  • Exclusive use - 5 mile journey from £7
  • Shared travel - 5 mile journey from £3.50
  • Group bookings - minimum of £20 per hour to cover our basic costs.

When you book we will always let you know the maximum amount we will charge.