Driving from London to Oxford is straightforward. Oxford is about 60 miles north-west of London but allow up to 90 minutes for the drive as getting into and out of both cities can be slow.
Take the A4 west out of London which takes you onto the M4. Exit the M4 onto the M25, where you drive clockwise for a short distance before exiting onto the M40 to Oxford. Exit the M40 at Junction 8 onto the A40 and follow signs for Oxford. There are several car parks in the city centre, so follow the signs.
You don't need to rent a car just to go to Oxford for the day as the bus and train services are frequent, quick and inexpensive. If you have a rental car already then the drive out to Oxford is straightforward, and would enable you to explore the nearby Cotswolds, but don't hire a car just to go to Oxford on its own.
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