The United Kingdom has a developed public transport network. You can choose among train, plane, bus, ferry, taxi, etc.
If you are moving to the United Kingdom, you will definitely need to travel from one place to another. This should not be difficult as the country has an extensive and highly developed transport network. You can choose the means which best suits you according to your destination and the purpose of your trip. The most popular means of transport in the United Kingdom are the airplane, train, bus, ferry, among others.
You can also book a taxi or rent a car if you prefer to travel alone or with your family.
The United Kingdom hosts many national and international airports. Most British cities have their own airport which are served by local, regional and international flights. Aircraft is one of the fastest means of transport and the most convenient if you are on a business trip in the UK. Some airlines generally offer discount prices on air tickets during certain periods. Children, students and the elderly are also entitled to certain benefits.
Note that local or international flights must be booked in advance.
Train and subway
The United Kingdom's railway network is highly developed, connecting different cities to one another. Several private lines are available, offering comfortable and regular trains. If you want to travel from one city to another or explore the country, you can choose between the train and the subway. Advance booking is not required, except for night trains. Moreover, prices are affordable. You may be entitled to discounts if you have an Inter Rail Card.
The Eurostar allows you to travel between the United Kingdom and France during a 3 hours journey. You may also take your car, bike or motorcycle on board.
C2C Online www.c2c-online.co.uk
Cross Country Train www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
East Midlands Trains www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Chiltern Railways www.chilternrailways.co.uk
First Great Western www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk
The bus is definitely the most economical means of transport in the United Kingdom. The country has a large number of private bus companies serving different cities. You can also access to tourist bus lines if you wish to travel to the countryside. British buses are very comfortable and regular. Rates vary according to the distance covered. Tickets can be purchased once you are on board or at the bus station.
As for long journeys, advance booking is recommended. You can check out bus schedules here.
You can travel from one region to another or go on holidays abroad through the country's ferries network. Rates are indeed higher than other means of transport, but you will be able to ship your car or motorcycle. Moreover, you can go on a cruise to neighboring countries such as France, Italy and Spain, etc.
You will find several taxi companies in the different British cities. There are two types of taxi in the country: the hackney and the minicab. If you prefer to travel by the hackney, you are advised to make advance booking by phone or on their website. To travel by minicab, you can just wave at them on the street and they will stop by if they are free. You can also make advance booking if you wish. Fares can be negotiated with the driver.
Rent a car
You can also rent a car if you prefer to travel alone or with family. But you must be in possession of a valid driver's license. You will find car rental companies in all British cities, including airports. Note that the rental agency will ask you to subscribe to damage insurance. Moreover, most of them provide emergency assistance.
Good to know:
You must be at least 23 years old to be authorized to rent a car in the United Kingdom.