Oxford is an old and famous university city in Oxfordshire, Great Britain, situated about 80 km (50 miles) west of London, on the bank of Thames and Cherwel. When visiting Oxford, you should be aware that access and parking restrictions are very tight in central Oxford, the streets are policed both by cameras and by wardens and violations are punishable by heavy fines. The city council has also put through circuitous and complicated one-way traffic arrangements, making it hard to get around by car. Those who drive to Oxford from the southern direction can have quick access to the Westgate car park located near the city centre, but it is quite expensive. There are some free parking areas outside the city center and from those locations you can take a bus for 15 minutes to reach the city center.
Most of the traffics inside the city are students and tourists who are coming in and out from the university, which can make it somewhat unbearable to drive a car inside the Manchester.
However, places outside the city limits such as Wolvercote, Elsfield, Headington, Wootton, and Hinksey are less crowded and better visited by car, as public transportation does not reach some of those locations. The car rental price in Oxford can be considered as moderate, a Mini Car such as Ford Fiesta is about 45 GBP a day, an Intermediate Car, such as Ford Mondeo is about 65 GBP, a SUV, such as Ford Focus Stationwagon can be as low as 111 GBP and a large group should rent a Ford Galaxy Automatic (7 passengers) for 200 GBP.