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Travel and Transport

Information about travel and transport services in and around Harwell Campus.

Harwell Campus is located directly off slip-roads (north and south) at the A34 junction at Chilton, near Didcot. The A34 intersects the M4 motorway at Junction 13 of the M4 and is fewer than 15 minutes (9 miles) away from campus. Junctions 8 and 9 of the M40 are both within 30 minutes reach and the campus is well connected for all forms of transport - 


From 15th July the STFC National Satellite Test Facility project commenced on campus and this will bring about the closure of the Bus Park on Fermi Avenue and a re-routing of bus services. Please find details here and downloadable pdfs of a) the new bus routes on campus and b) a map showing where the overflow parking is located.

The Science Transit Shuttle bus connects the Oxford Science Area to the Old Road Campus and Harwell Campus (please see website for eligibility and terms). The service also has an Oxford City Centre stop.

The Harwell Connector (X32/32A) bus connects Harwell, Abingdon, Wantage, Chilton, Didcot Parkway and Oxford.

The South Oxfordshire Zone has buses run by the Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel, see the website to view the areas covered in the zone map.

For travel in and around Oxford see the Stagecoach Bus network. For travel from Oxford to London see the bus route for the Oxford Tube here.

There is an Oxford Bus Discount Scheme for Harwell Employees.

ST1/ST1A Bus times can be found here.

Bus timetables:

Oxford Bus Co. / Thames Travel


FAQ’s For Harwell Campus Bus operators:


Oxford Bus Co. / Thames Travel


Didcot Parkway Mainline Rail Station is only 5 miles away from campus, with direct services to Central London (Paddington), just 45 minutes away and Oxford City Centre in under 15 minutes. A frequent bus service from the campus serves both Oxford and Didcot Parkway rail stations.

Check out the National Rail train travel enquiries for trains to Didcot Parkway, the nearest train station to Harwell and The Trainline for advance tickets.


To plan your route to Harwell Campus go to Google maps. If you are interested in a car sharing scheme please find information about the Harwell Lift Share scheme here.

For electric car owners there is an electric charge point located centrally at RAL Reception (R75).

There are several petrol stations close to the campus, here is a link to check the closest one for your journey.


Taxi companies serve the campus from Didcot Parkway, where there is a taxi rank.


Oxfordshire has a growing cycling community, so you will not be alone if you decide that you would like to cycle to the campus. There is also a Harwell bicycle users group HarBUG where you can find out more about the cycle routes to Harwell Campus and the surrounding areas and connect with fellow cyclists.

There are a number of facilities for cyclists on Campus, including cycle stands, shower and changing facilities. Please see the HarBUG site for more details. 

Cycle Route 544 connects Didcot and Wantage.

The route offers a leisurely ride running along the north edge of the downlands and offering views of the Thames Valley and Didcot Power Station. Around 6.5 miles are virtually traffic-free on a combination of public bridleways, tracks and quiet country lanes.

Brompton Bike Hire is available from Didcot Parkway railway station and Mountain Mania in Didcot is the nearest bike shop to campus, able to advise on bike purchase and hire.

Harwell Campus Bicycle Loan Scheme

Harwell Campus offers a bike Loan Scheme, click here for further information on how to loan a bike.


London Heathrow and Southampton airports are each an hour away by road. Oxford Airport is 30 minutes from Harwell Campus and is expanding, currently running scheduled flights that include Geneva and Jersey, with connections to more than 1,000 airports across Europe.

London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol and Luton airports can all be reached in less than 1.5 hours from the Campus.