The UK is home to some of the most expansive, state of the art transport services in the world. With five airports servicing London alone, a radial road network of over 29,000 miles and urban rail networks in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Liverpool you will have no problem getting around the UK. Our guide to all you need to know about British travel will take your study abroad experience to the next level, getting you exploring the countries you now call home.
The UK is much smaller than North America but sometimes the best financial deal is actually jumping on a plane. There are close to 25 commercial international airports within the UK helping connect you to major British cities and mainland Europe. With discount airlines like RyanAir and EasyJet, air travel can be fairly inexpensive if you book far enough in advance and are willing to fly during off peak hours. Just watch the hidden fees for things like bags and snacks on board!
Ah, train travel, a quintessentially British and European way of travel. The British have been in the train game a long time, like since 1811, when John Blenkinsop designed the first railway locomotive. Today, you can explore all there is to know about the history and significant role of trains within British transport and society at the London Transport Museum in Convent Garden. With both public and private options available, the most common being National Rail or Virgin Trains, you can easily ride the rails to nearly any major city in the UK. Most have a snack car, bathrooms on board and power outlets combining today’s modern conveniences with scenic, throwback-style views of cityscapes and country sides. Sheep and cow sightings nearly guaranteed.
Or in London, referred to locally as The Tube. Urban rail networks in the major cities are a smart way to see British cities. If possible, always buy week-long or even month-long passes as the day to day cost will be slightly cheaper this way. London underground is billed by Zones so sometimes it’s a bit cheaper to get off a stop or two early and walk to your final destination to save a pound or two.
Bus travel is hands down the most economical form of British transport. With outfits like Megabus and National Express, fairs go literally as low at £1! Book early and be prepared for some early morning, or overnight, trips to get the best deals. Service spans the entire UK, including bus rides from London to Paris complete with a tunnel underwater.
Boats and ferries are a slightly less practical way of getting to and from places, but are as equally majestic as train travel. There are over a dozen ferry companies offering service from the UK internationally, including destinations like France, Holland, Spain and Belgium. Within the UK, if you can take a boat, do it. A ferry down the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich is well worth the extra commute time as you can see nearly every major London site from the water.
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