round the United Kingdom
Independent travellers visiting the United Kingdom have
plenty of ways
of getting round the country. By air, by train, by bus and
coach, by car, or by rental car - not to mention the other options,
such as bisiting Britain on a bicycle, or even on foot.
Your choice will depend very much on where you want to go,
what you want to see, how fast you want to get round, and how much you
want to spend.
Round Britain by air.
Unless you are travelling further north than Manchester or Liverpool,
it does not make a lot of sense to travel by air, as distances in
Britain are not too great. By the time you've reached a London airport,
and gone through all the checkin process, you could be half way to
Manchester already on a train.
Flying makes sense if you want to visit the far north of
England or Scotland. There are airports in all major British cities,
and plenty of cross-country flights operated by the low-cost airlines
such as Ryanair, Easyjet or Flybe. The low-cost carriers do
not use London's Heathrow airport, so if you want to connect to a
domestic flight at LHR, book onwards on a British Airways internal
Taking the train
The British train network is fairly substantial, though not to the
extent that it once was. Mainline train travel is quite expensive if
you book last-minute, but there are plenty of cheap seats available if
you book well in advance, or avoid peak travel periods. For
more on this, see ►
Bus and coach
Within Britain's cities, there are plenty of bus services to help you
get around. However note that in London "hopping on a bus" is an
expensive way to see the city, unless you have a travel card. things
are generally cheaper in other British cities.
A London travel card lets you use the buses and the
underground. For more on this see ► Travel in London.
For travel between cities, there are plenty of express coach
services, and rates are generally cheaper, sometimes much cheaper, than
the train. The biggest operator is ►
Road travel - Driving
There's one thing that puts a lot of people off the idea of driving in
Britain, and that is the fact that in Britain, cars drive on the left.
That's fine if you're from Japan or Australia, for example, but less
fine if you're from continental Europe or the Americas.
But driving on the left is not too difficult, and
its something an experienced driver will get used to quite quickly.
for more on this see ►
There are plenty of opportunities for hiring a car in Britain : this
can be done at any airport, or in city centre locations.
About-Britain.com does not recommend hiring a car in the central area
of London. For more on hiring a car in Britain, see ► Car
Britain is well equipped in dedicated cycleways, and cycle-tourism is
popular. For hikers, there are thousands of kilometres of marked
walking trails, including some important long-distance routes such as
the Pennine Way, up the centre of northern England, or the Coastal
footpaths that follow a large part of the British coast.
For hiking opportunities near London, see ► Country walks near
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