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Covid travel FAQs

If you have any questions in addition to the ones answered below relating to the Covid-secure safety measures in place on our coaches please do not hesitate to get in touch via the channels at the bottom of this page.

last updated: 15:05 27/01/2022

Do I need to wear a face covering?

As of Thursday 28th January 2022 face coverings are no longer mandatory on public transport in England however if possible, please continue to wear a face covering, particularly if services are busy.

Why isn’t the driver wearing a face covering?

Each of our coaches has been fitted with a protective screen between the driver and passenger to make you both that bit safer. Whilst in the cab, the government advice states our drivers are not required to wear a face covering. Should you need assistance from the driver they have face visors available to wear.

How clean are your coaches?

Each of our coaches have undergone a deep-clean during the service's suspension.  Whilst in service, touch point cleaning will be carried out at either end of the route before the return trip. Our passengers can assist us to maintain the cleanliness of the vehicle by ensuring you take your rubbish with you when leaving.

We've also fitted hand sanitisers within our coaches so our passengers are able to sanitise their hands whilst on board - one of the simplest ways to protect yourself and others from infection.

Is the air-conditioning safe, what about air flow?

All air-con systems have been reprogrammed so that no air is recirculated and 100% fresh air is drawn from outside with a constant supply of ventilation set.  Drivers do not have control of the air-con during this time as a result.

Can I still buy my ticket from the driver?

Yes, tickets are still available to buy on the day of travel from the driver. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket online or on the Oxford Tube app. We would encourage customers to pre-book where possible online or via the app.

Can I pay with cash?

Yes. Whilst we haven't removed the option to pay for your journey using cash, we would like to encourage our customers to pay with contactless, buy their ticket on the mobile ticket app or have the exact fare to hand to minimise contact with the driver.

Can I still bring my bike or travel with luggage?

Yes, our usual bike and luggage policies still apply.

Only the driver may store or remove luggage from the lockers or trailer, in this instance, upon leaving the cab the driver will wear his/her protective face shield.

Please allow appropriate distance for the driver to assist you with these items.

What are the seating arrangements?

All seats with the exception of those closest to the driver are available.

What if another passenger sits too close to me?

As more people are on the move, all forward facing seats can now be used when coaches are busy.

When coaches are busy, it won’t always be possible to sit apart from others and someone may sit next to you. An industry wide risk assessment has shown It’s safe to do this occasionally but please keep your distance if you can. Please continue to wear your face covering if you can.

Will the onboard toilet still be open?

Yes, for the comfort of our passengers the onboard toilet will be accessible. We would politely ask our passengers to leave the facilities as you would wish to find them and only use them if necessary. Please remember to sanitise your hands after touching shared surfaces.


Customer Services

Our customer service team are available to help you by email (, through social media (@Oxford_Tube and facebook at /OxTube) or by phone (0345 241 8000) between:

  • 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday
  • 09:00 to 17:00 weekends