Get to Carnival

How to Get to the Cowley Road Carnival

With around 50,000 people expected to come to the Cowley Road to join Oxford’s biggest street party it is best to plan your journey.

Bike to Carnival

Bike to Carnival

Getting there by foot, bus or bike is best.

Cowley Road road will be closed to traffic from 8am to 7pm from The Plain to Magdalen Road from approximately.  Dawson Street, Chapel Street and Manzil Way will also be closed to traffic during the event.

The road is kept closed for as short a time as possible, and the Streetscene team handling the road clean-up operation work very hard to do the job as quickly and as efficiently as possible

For Drivers

Diversion signs go up well in advance to warn drivers of the road closure and the possibility of congestion on 1 July. Union Street car park (behind Tesco) will be closed to cars and open for Carnival activity  St Clements car park will be open, but parking in the area will be very limited.

For Cyclists

Additional bike lock areas will be provided opposite St Mary & St John Church, and on Union Street (leading to the Bulingdon Car Park behind Tesco).

By Bus

Travel to carnival by bus.  Get into the carnival spirit and join the party by bus.

Take your local Stagecoach service to Oxford city centre and change to route 1, 10 or 12. These services will be on diversion between Cowley Centre and The Plain via Church Cowley Road and Iffley Road, returning to normal route at Between Towns Road.

For the carnival, get off on Iffley Road and walk across to Cowley Road using Magdalen Road, Bullingdon Road, James Street or Circus Street.

To find your fare, visit or download the Stagecoach Bus App where you can find your stop, check for live bus times and purchase mobile ticketsStagecoach services will be diverted via Iffley Road then Church Cowley Road, joining the normal route at Between Towns Road.

Passengers should use stops along Iffley Road during this time and walk across to Cowley Road using Magdalen Road, Bullingdon Road, James Street or Circus Street.



Stagecoach buz stops

Map of Stagecoach bus stops

Taxi Drop Off

Taxis can drop off at The Plain or Magdalen Road or if absolutely necessary, using other side roads leading to the Cowley Road. However, drivers should note that these side roads will be blocked by stewards with no vehicle access to the Cowley Road. It could be difficult to turn round.

Specific Access Requirements

The Carnival is an inclusive event to be accessible for all, regardless of any condition. For more information see

Stagecoach can carry wheelchairs, disabled buggies and approved mobility scooters on suitable low floor buses subject to available space.

Journey Assistance Cards are available for you to use if you need a bit more help when using the bus. They’ll make it easier for you to let Stagecoach bus drivers know what extra help you need.

Journey assistance cards are available if you have

  • limited vision or hearing
  • difficulty in communicating
  • special educational needsor if:
  • English is not your first language
  • you need extra time or help to find a seat

You can find our more about Journey Assistant Cards and apply online here >