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Overview

Generally speaking, means of transport are widely available in the UK and the various destinations are well connected either via rail, road or air.

In London, public transport covers very wide areas of the city and connections, particularly via train and underground, run frequently and allow people to move around the city easily. Many people living in London do not own a car.

Public transport in the UK tends to be more expensive than in other European countries.

 
Underground in London

The underground network connects the various parts of London. The website of the operator of the underground network, Transport for London , contains a downloadable map of the network and the various destinations available.

The easiest way to travel is by “Oyster Card”. This is a “pay as you go” card that can be obtained either on-line or from any Underground ticket office. It allows travellers to pre-charge money on the card and to pay “by touch” on every journey. The Oyster card gives a considerable discount on the normal tariff of an Underground journey (the normal price of tickets start from £4.00, with an Oyster card you can save circa 40%).
 

Travelling by Train

Rail networks in the UK were privatised during the 1990s. The rail network covers very well the various destinations in the UK. In the London area, you can also travel by train using your Oyster Card as a means of payment of your fare.

The website of National Rail  allows you to query the trains available between the various destinations and the relevant fares.
 

Travelling by Bus or Coach

An alternative, and much cheaper, way of travelling throughout the UK is by using buses and coaches. Buses are normally available within cities and towns and cover a local area. Coaches, instead, normally connect well the main cities and towns within the UK. Web search engines will easily allow you to find a coach that covers the journey of your interest.
 

Travelling by Taxi or Minicab

If you are visiting or living in London, you will easily notice the “black cab”. These are normally widely available in the capital city and you can stop them from the side of the road just by waving your hand.

Another form of private transportation is the “minicab”. These are private hire vehicles services provided by a specialised company. Web search engines will easily allow you to find a private hire vehicle company that covers your area.
 

Travelling by Aeroplane

You can travel between the main cities in the UK by aeroplane. There are many options to travel by air and “budget” or “low cost” airlines are one of the options available. In most instances, travelling by train or travelling by aeroplane has very little difference in price. The main airports in London are Heathrow  and Gatwick . Business travellers often use the City Airport  (which is near the financial district).
 

Travelling by Car

The most evident characteristic of travelling by car in the UK is that vehicles travel on the left-hand side of the road. In the section “Driving” of this site you will be able to find more information about this subject.

 

 
 
 
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This page was last updated on 30.12.2010
 
 
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