Getting Here

Thame is located 14 miles east of Oxford, 10 miles south-west of Aylesbury and 47 miles from London. It is well connected to Birmingham and London by the M40 motorway and has excellent road links to Chinnor (B4445), Princes Risborough (A4129) and Bicester (B4011). In this section you can find more information about the many convenient ways you can visit our town.

By car

Thame is easily accessible from the M40 at J6, J7 and J8a heading west and J8a and J6 heading east. The A418 links Thame to Oxford and Aylesbury.


There are a number of conveniently located short and long-stay car parks in Thame.

 Upper High Street Car Park

  • Upper High Street, Thame, OX9 3EX
  • Price – FREE
  • Limit – 3 Hours (1 Hour on Tuesday), No return within 1 hour to the same or different bay
  • No ticket required – managed by Oxfordshire County Council

High Street Car Park

  • High Street, Thame, OX9 2BZ
  • Price – FREE
  • Limit – 1 Hour, No return within 1 hour to the same or different bay
  • No ticket required – managed by Oxfordshire County Council

Cattle Market Car Park

  • North Street, Thame, OX9 3FP
  • 1 Hour – Free
  • 2 hours 1.20
  • 5 hours 2.20
  • 8 hours 2.60
  • Limit – Maximum stay 23 hours. No return within 1 hour
  • Pay & Display – managed by South Oxfordshire District Council (01235 470118)

Southern Road Car Park (behind the Co-Op)

  • Dorchester Place, Thame, OX9 2DL
  • 1 Hour – Free
  • 2 Hours -£ 1.20
  • 3 Hours – £ 1.80
  • Limit – Maximum stay 3 Hours. No return within 1 hour
  • Pay & Display – managed by South Oxfordshire District Council (01235 470118)

On-street parking is available along the roads through the Town Centre – managed by the Oxfordshire County Council, check local signage.

Two hours free parking (customers only) is also available at Sainsbury’s (access via Southern Road) and Waitrose (access via Greyhound Lane) – both privately managed.

Pay a Parking Fine

If you have received an Excess Charge Notice (ECN) whilst parking in either the Upper High Street or High Street car parks:

  • For fines received on or after 1st November 2021, please visit Oxfordshire County Council’s website.
  • For fines received before 31st October 2021, you can pay the fine in a number of ways – listed below:

Pay Online

You can pay your parking fine online – you will need your debit / credit card details, ECN number and vehicle registration. Please note: tickets cannot be paid online on the day they are received – please allow 24 hours or use one of the options below.

Pay by Card

Please call us on 01844 212833 with your debit / credit card and ECN ticket details or vehicle registration ready. Please note: this option is only available during Town Hall Information Centre opening hours.

Pay it in Person

You can settle your ECN in person at the Town Hall Information Centre. Payment can be made via card, cash, cheque or postal order.

Pay by Post

You can send payment to the Town Hall, High Street, Thame, OX9 3DP. Please ensure you include details of your ECN ticket number. Please make cheques payable to Thame Town Council.

Pay by Bank Transfer

Please call us on 01844 212833 to obtain our BACS details and for directions on how you can pay via bank transfer. Please note: this option is only available during Town Hall opening hours.

By Bus

Local Bus Timetables are available in the Information Centre in Thame Town Hall or follow the links below to access the online timetables. Regular buses connect Thame to:

Aylesbury280 / X8 (Arriva) – Timetable120 (Redline) – Timetable [PDF] / X20 (Redline) – Timetable [PDF]

Haddenham & Thame Parkway Station280 / X8 (Arriva) – Timetable

High Wycombe & Chinnor40 (Carousel) – Timetable

Oxford280 / X8 (Arriva) – Timetable / X20 (Redline) – Timetable [PDF]

Thame (Towersey Drive / Cromwell Avenue) – 120 (Redline) – Timetable [PDF]

Bus services from Thame also serve: Brill, Chearsley, Cuddington, Long Crendon, Oakley, Princes Risborough and Worminghall. Check Buckinghamshire Council’s website for the 110, 111, 112, 113 and 120 bus timetables which serve these villages.

By train

Haddenham and Thame Parkway is only 2 miles from Thame and is on the Chiltern Railways Line. The station is on a direct line to London Marylebone, a journey that takes under an hour, as well as to Oxford and Birmingham. Sapphire 280 (Arriva) Bus provides a regular link from the station to Thame town centre.

Chiltern Railways

National Rail Enquires & Tickets

Trainline – Train & Coach Tickets

By taxi

A number of reputable taxi services operate from the town centre. The taxi rank is located on the High Street outside of Boots the Chemist.

Britannia Cars – 01844 279100

KML Cars – 01844 217373

Nav Taxis – 07935 140639

Supreme Taxis01844 275000

Thame Taxis – 01844 216161

By bike

If you are visiting Thame by bike then take a look at the map below (click to enlarge) to find out where you can park you bike in the Town Centre. We have 7 sets of bike racks located in the Town Centre.

Map showing the cycle rack locations in Thame town centre

Good to know

Public toilets are located at the Market House (next to the Citizen’s Advice building) and at the Cattle Market – both on North Street – and open daily between 8am and 7:30pm. Disabled and baby-changing facilities are available at both of these locations. A disabled toilet is also available in the Town Hall during opening hours. Access to all disabled toilets is via a RADAR key, which can purchased from the Information Centre.