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Car travel and parking


Please use postcode OX3 9DU, when using online routefinders for directions to the John Radcliffe, to take you to the correct entrance.

If driving to the hospital by car, follow signs for Oxford then the 'H' / 'A&E' and 'Hospitals' signs. You'll be directed via the A40 northern by-pass, and B4150 (Marsh Lane) or via Headington on the A420 London Road. These routes take you to the B4495 (Headley Way). The approach road to the John Radcliffe is on Headley Way.

From the Woodstock Road, travel north for one mile, then right (Moreton Road) following the 'H' and 'A&E' and 'John Radcliffe' signs, along Marston Ferry Road to Headley Way.

John Radcliffe Hospital on Google maps

For real-time traffic reports visit:

Frixo Road Traffic Reports

Road closures

Botley Road, Oxford

April to October 2023 - for details please visit Oxfordshire Connect

Oxford LTNs / School Streets

Some road closures in Oxford's residential streets might affect your journey to hospital: Satnavs and online mapping services may not be up to date. If it all possible, it is often quicker and easier to use the Park&Ride.

East Oxford low traffic neighbourhoods

Location of School Streets

Dropping off a patient

There are a few time-limited spaces for dropping off or picking up patients outside the Welcome Centre at the Level 2 main entrance of the John Radcliffe Hospital.

There are more patient drop-off areas outside the Emergency Department and in front of the West Wing / Children's Hospital, further down the hill. There are wheelchairs in the reception areas that you can take out to the car to collect a patient if needed.

John Radcliffe Hospital site map (pdf)

Important - ambulance access

Bays immediately in front of the West Wing / Children's Hospital marked 'Ambulance Parking Only - No Exceptions' are for ambulances only.

Please, do not park in this area - this prevents ambulance access and the safe transfer of patients.


Patient/visitor car parks are open and normal charges apply, but space is limited and there is no on-street parking nearby. If you need to wait in your car for a period of time, please make sure you have water to drink, especially in hot weather.

There is free motorcycle parking on the John Radcliffe Hospital site.

Motorcycle parking at the John Radcliffe Hospital

There is ANPR in all visitor car parks. The first 30 minutes are free. This is to enable visitors plenty of time to find a space or wait for one to become free in busy times.

Payment is by card or phone only. If you do not have a card, please pay online via the Simple Intelligent Parking website up to 24 hours after departure.

If you need to pay with cash, please go to the Car Parking Office before you leave.

If you leave without paying, or do not pay online within 24 hours, you will receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

The public car parks are:

  • Car Parks 2 and 2A
    For main hospital and Women's Centre
  • Car Park 3
    For West Wing and Children's Hospital

It is usually quicker to divert to another car park than to queue for a space to become available in Car Park 3.

The car parks are run by the Trust and not as a commercial operation. All money raised goes directly back to patient and visitor services.

Parking charges

From Tuesday 1 August 2023

Time Charge
Up to 30 minutes Free (if vehicle exits within this period)
30 minutes to 1 hour £2.20
1 - 2 hours £2.70
2 - 3 hours £3.70
3 - 4 hours £6.20
4 - 6 hours £8.00
Over 6 hours £15.00
8.00pm - 8.00am £2.00

Blue Badge parking

Parking in accessible bays for Blue Badge holders is free - drive in and drive out.

Blue Badge holders must observe the code of the Blue Badge Scheme. The John Radcliffe Hospital is a private site and therefore Trust parking restrictions apply to all drivers.

There are two dedicated Blue Badge holder car parks: in front of the Children's Hospital (for West Wing and Children's Hospital) and between the Main Entrance and Car Park 2 (for the main hospital and Womens Centre). These are drive in/drive out, with no barriers. Please display your Blue Badge prominently.

John Radcliffe Hospital site map (pdf)

There are also accessible spaces in car parks 3 and 4: to avoid a Parking Charge Notice if you use these spaces, scan your Blue Badge at a pay machine and enter your Vehicle Registration Number (VRN), or send your Blue Badge and VRN details to:

You can also register your vehicle via the Simple Intelligent Parking website (up to 24 hours after departure).

There is a £25 penalty for inappropriate parking in Blue Badge spaces (£50 if not paid within 14 days).

Transport support services for disabled people -


Under certain circumstances, patients or visitors may be entitled to discounted or free parking.

Parking charges / concessions

Last reviewed:31 July 2023