Chatty Bus: Hop On-board the 280 and Make a Connection!

2 weeks ago Thu 4th Jul 2024

Feeling lonely? Want to meet new people and explore Oxfordshire?

Our Chatty Bus event is back on the road on Tuesday, 6th August 2024! Join us for a friendly journey on the 280 bus service, where conversation and community are the destinations.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Our friendly volunteers from Oxford Bus Group along with our fantastic partners Age UK Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Mind will be on-board to spark conversations and make introductions.
  • We'll have conversation starters, light games, and information about local activities and social groups to suit all interests.

Discounted fares*:

Celebrate connection for less! Enjoy a special 50% off single and return fares on the Chatty Bus service (route 280) on Tuesday, 6th August 2024.

  • Single ticket: £1 (original price £2)
  • Return ticket: £2 (original price £4)

This event is perfect for:

  • Concessionary bus pass holders looking to socialise.
  • Anyone feeling lonely or isolated who wants to connect with others.
  • People of all ages who love exploring Oxford by bus and would like to chat to others.

Join the movement:

  • Follow us on social media (links below) for updates and event details.
  • Tell your friends and family who might be interested!
  • Share your experience using #ChattyBus

Together, let's make loneliness a thing of the past, one friendly conversation at a time!

All aboard the 280 service!

The Chatty Bus will be taking over one of our new 280 buses for the day. This route launches on 1st July 2024 and offers a convenient way to travel between Oxford City Centre, Headington, Wheatley, Tiddington and Thame.

Here's a breakdown of the 280 route:

  • The 280 service runs up to every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday.
  • The route connects Oxford City Centre to Thame, stopping at Headington, Wheatley, and Tiddington along the way.
  • In the evenings, the service also stops at Thornhill Park&Ride for additional connections.
  • This route is a great way to explore new parts of Oxford and surrounding areas, all while enjoying a friendly and social atmosphere on the Chatty Bus.

Chatty Bus timetable:

The Chatty Bus will be running on a specific 280 bus, which is scheduled to leave Oxford City Centre High Street stop T2 at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00, and to leave Thame Town Hall at 09:55 and 11:55.

The full timetable is included below.

Chatty Bus Timetable


Age UK Oxfordshire

Age UK Oxfordshire supports older people in the community to live well and independently. They provide a range of services, including information and advice, befriending schemes, and social activities.

Learn more:

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind provides support and services to people experiencing mental health problems. They offer a range of services, including counselling, support groups, and employment support.

Learn more:


* Terms and conditions apply. See details below.







50% off Ticket Terms and Conditions:


  • This discount is valid for all passengers on the Chatty Bus service (route 280) on 6th August 2024.
  • Concessionary pass holders and regular fare-paying passengers can use their passes to hop on-board.

How to Redeem:

  • When boarding the designated 280 bus service on 6th August, please ask your driver for a Chatty Bus Discounted Ticket.
  • The ticket can be purchased on-board the bus with cash or contactless payment, however, they will not be available via the Oxford Bus Company app.

Important Notes:

  • This discount is only valid for travel on the designated Chatty Bus service (route 280) on 6th August 2024. Please see the timetable of the service above.
  • The discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.
  • Standard Oxford Bus Company terms and conditions of travel apply.

Please note: While we are offering a discounted return fare, the Chatty Bus event is designed to encourage social interaction and community building. We recommend staying on the bus for the full route to experience the festivities and connect with fellow passengers.