UK Travel Information

The UK is a collection of islands located in northern Europe with excellent transport links to the rest of the continent and the wider world.

By Air

Britain has a number of international airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Belfast international, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh, amongst others. There are also smaller regional airports and if you're planning on travelling by air there are likely to be a few options for your chosen destination. The airports are all well served by public transport links and taxis, although it is worth researching the specifics prior to travel.

By Road

There are a number of motorways that service the UK, running the length and breadth of the country. Car travel is a convenient way of exploring different areas and it may be worth hiring a car if you plan to visit a number of areas. If you're arriving by boat or via the Channel Tunnel you may wish to bring your own car with you. On a note of caution, they drive on the left hand side of the road in the UK.

Buses and coaches are other options for travelling around Britain's roads. Buses serve local areas and there are coaches that travel between cities, for more information on coach travel visit www.nationalexpress.com and www.megabus.com.

By Rail

All major towns and cities and most villages are serviced by the extensive rail network that covers the UK. This is probably the fastest way to travel across land with trains taking around two hours to travel between London and Manchester or four and a half hours to reach Edinburgh from the capital. However, trains can be expensive and as such it is worth buying tickets in advance where possible as significant savings can be made. Another advantage of rail travel is it allows you to relax and take in some of the spectacular scenery on offer, while removing the stress of trying to find locations and navigating yourself. It is also possible to get trains to and from France and other European cities from St Pancras International station in London via the Channel Tunnel.

By Sea

As an Island Britain is served by a number of ports and if you're travelling from the continent or Ireland this can be an ideal way to visit the country. If travelling from French ports such as Cherbourg, St Malo, Caen, Le Havre or Roscoff you can arrive at Portsmouth, Plymouth or Poole on the south coast, while from Calais there are regular ferries to Dover on the Kent coast, which is around a two hour journey from London by car or public transport.

If you are planning on travelling from Belgium or Holland the trip to Hull in the north east of England is a fairly straightforward journey and many services run overnight, so you can add an extra dimension to your trip to the UK.

If you're making the trip from Ireland then Dublin to Holyhead in north Wales is less than a two hour journey by boat, with Rosslare to Pembroke on the south coast of Wales roughly a four hour trip.

Travelling within the UK

Travelling within the UK should be a fairly straightforward affair as all cities, towns and villages are served by bus routes and roads. Most places will be accessible by train and if you're planning a long journey, such as London to Scotland, a domestic flight may be your best option.