Getting to and from Oxford is straightforward as the city is well connected to all of the UK’s major airports and to St Pancras International railway station. We know that for a number of our students this is the first time that they will have travelled abroad by themselves, so here at Oxford Royale Academy we have a dedicated airport transfer team to help students make their way to our campuses.

  • For further general information on arriving and departing Oxford, as well as information on public transport services to the city centre, please click here.
  • For information regarding Oxford Royale Academy’s airport transfer service for students aged 8-12, please click here.
  • For information regarding Oxford Royale Academy’s airport transfer service for students aged 13-18, please see below.

Which Airport?

If you are flying long-haul, London Heathrow is likely to be your destination. As the UK’s busiest airport, hundreds of flights from all over the world arrive at and depart from Heathrow every day. London Gatwick also serves a significant number of long-haul destinations.

For those who are travelling a shorter distance, there are a multitude of options. London Stansted, Luton and Gatwick airports are major bases for airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair with large European networks.

Birmingham International Airport is also a major European destination, and does offer flights to Dubai, with Emirates, making it possible to connect with destinations throughout the Middle East and beyond. There is a direct train service between Birmingham International Airport and Oxford. Journey time is approximately 1 hour.

ORA Transfers

Oxford Royale Academy is happy to offer an optional airport transfer service.  All of the information you will need to know about the ORA transfer services can be found below.

Heathrow Coach Transfer

The Heathrow Coach Transfer service operates on arrival and departure days below, and runs between London Heathrow Airport and all of our Oxford summer centres. Students travelling on the ORA coach will be met in the arrival hall by a summer school representative who will help them with their luggage and show them to the coach.

Coach transfers can only be booked by students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • They will fly into or out of London Heathrow Airport
  • They are aged 18 or under
  • Their Arrival and Departure flight times fit with the timetables below. All times given are UK time (British Summer Time, GMT+1 hour)

Arrivals – Heathrow to Oxford

Arrival DateCoach Departure Times
Sunday 1st July0900-1530
Sunday 15th July0900-1530
Sunday 29th July0900-1530

Coaches will leave Heathrow regularly between the Departure times given above.  Please ensure that the student’s flight arrives into Heathrow no later than 1400 to allow adequate time for them to collect their luggage, pass through immigration controls, find the ORA representative and make their way to the ORA coach.

Departures – Oxford to Heathrow

Departure DateCoach Departure Times
Saturday 14th July0600-1200
Saturday 28th July0600-1200
Saturday 11th August0600-1200

Coaches will depart Oxford regularly between the Departure times given above. Please ensure that the student’s flight departs Heathrow no earlier than 1000 to allow adequate time for the journey and check-in. Students will remain supervised at the airport until 1600, so no student will be able to fly registered as an Unaccompanied Minor beyond this point.

If you are unsure whether your flight times fit with our coach times, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice on or by telephone on +44 (0) 845 130 60 21.

Registered Unaccompanied Minors: If the student will be flying as a Registered Unaccompanied Minor, please specify this when booking the airport transfer in the Portal. Please note that students under the age of 18 flying alone are not automatically a Registered Unaccompanied Minor – this is an additional service, usually charged for by the airline. Prior to travel, should the airline requests any personal information about the ORA staff that will be chaperoning UM’s at Heathrow Airport (e.g. passport details, identification numbers, personal phone number),  please be aware that we are unable to provide this due to data protection laws. Instead, we can supply the name and contact details of a relevant person at our Head Offices, until we finalise our staffing for each transfer day (approximately one week before the date of travel).

Luggage and the Heathrow Coach Transfer: Large numbers of students make use of the airport coach transfer service and, in order to ensure that coaches do not exceed legal weight limits, students who wish to use the service are advised that there is a luggage limit of 1 suitcase and 1 item of hand luggage per student.

Accuracy of information: Please ensure, when booking a coach transfer with ORA, that you complete the online booking form in the Portal with all of the required information. We receive a large number of airport coach transfer bookings and, in order to ensure that all students are met or travel to the airport on time, we do need to have accurate flight information. It is also essential to provide a mobile telephone number on which a student may be contacted on arrival and departure days.

Please note: Oxford Royale Academy is only able to offer airport coach transfers to registered students aged 13-18. Parents/legal guardians wishing to accompany students to or from Oxford must either book a taxi transfer themselves, or make alternative travel arrangements.

Heathrow Coach Transfer fees: 

  • Oxford: £65 one way; £130 return
  • Cambridge: no service
  • London: no service
  • Ascot: £25 one way; £50 return

How to book: To book a Heathrow Coach Transfer, please log in to the student Portal and click on ‘Extras’.


Deadlines for Booking a Transfer

Summer School SessionDeadline for Transfer Bookings
17th June 2018 – 30th June 201815th June 2018
1st July 2018 – 14th July 201829th June 2018
15th July 2018 – 28th July 201813th July 2018
Junior Summer School SessionDeadline for Transfer Bookings
8th July 2018 – 14th July 201822nd June 2018
15th July 2018 – 21th July 201829th June 2018
22nd July 2018 – 28th July 20186th July 2018
29th July 2018 – 4th August 201813th July 2018
5th August 2018 – 11th August 201820th July 2018

If you are unsure which dates of the summer school you are registered for, your study dates can be found in your Course Confirmation email and your welcome letter.  


If you have any questions regarding ORA’s airport transfer services, please do not hesitate to contact our Registrations Team on , or by telephone on +44 (0) 845 130 60 21.

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you. +44 (0) 845 130 60 21