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Travel to the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom consistently finds itself within the top 10 most visited countries in the world. That feat is owed to a number of important factors: the island’s natural beauty and diversity of landscapes, the many cultural activities, and the United Kingdom’s rich history.

Crowds flock to immerse themselves in landscapes featured in poems, songs, and films. They also travel to indulge themselves in traditional British cuisine, a simple yet hearty school of cooking that has inspired dishes worldwide, and visit the many iconic landmarks and world-famous museums throughout the country.

When is the best time to fly to the UK?

The best time of the year to visit the UK is in the spring and the fall, most specifically in May and September. These two months tend to have the best balance of warm and dry weather. For reference, the average temperature highs in the UK during September are 18℃.

Cheapest month to fly to United Kingdom

Annual Avg. Price346 CAD
February 2024587 CAD
March 2024311 CAD
April 2024283 CAD
May 2024248 CAD
June 2024248 CAD
July 2024293 CAD
August 2024293 CAD
September 2024406 CAD
October 2024403 CAD
November 2024372 CAD
December 2024372 CAD
January 2025337 CAD

When is the cheapest time of year to visit the UK?

The off-season is the short answer — November to early December, and then again in late December to March. Airlines offer the cheapest flights during these times, and hotel prices will be at their lowest too. Remember, this rule does not apply to the few weeks around Christmas.

Transportation in and around the United Kingdom

Getting around the UK is very simple. Upon arrival, travelers are met with a universal public transport system that covers most of the country. Inner city travel and inter-city travel are both widely accessible.

Buses are often the most reliable form of transport in the city - though make sure to use the famous London Underground train network when in the capital, so you can experience the world’s first underground metro system.

Many of the UK’s major cities - London, Manchester, and Liverpool - offer bike sharing programs for the public. Make sure to adhere to road bike rules and use cycle lanes.

Bike Sharing Apps and Programmes:

  • Santander Cycles: London
  • Bee Network: Manchester
  • Beryl: Birmingham
  • Citybike: Liverpool
  • JustEat Cycles: Edinburgh
  • Citycard Cycles: Nottingham

How to get from the airport to the city

The UK’s largest airport is London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The majority of international airlines will fly to and from there.

The easiest way to get to central London from the airport is to use the Heathrow Express, a frequent train service that will take you to Paddington Station.

Most major UK airports will have designated bus or train services that take passengers to the nearest city. If you find yourself arriving at an awkward time, then taxi services are always a valuable resource.

Airport name
Biggest city nearby
Mode of transport
Duration
Price per person
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
London
  • Heathrow Express train service
  • National express coach
  • London underground
  • 15 minutes
  • 40-80 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • €30
  • From €7
  • From €4
Manchester Airport (MAN)
Manchester
  • By train
  • By bus 43 or 103
  • 15 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • €4
  • €4
Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Edinburgh
  • Airlink Bus 100
  • Tram
  • 25 minutes
  • €5
  • €8
Birmingham Airport (BHX)
Birmingham
  • Bus X1, X12, 75 and 75A
  • Train
  • 35 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • €3.5
  • €5

Plan your trip to the United Kingdom

Must-have British local apps

  • Deliveroo — food delivery service
  • Uber — car-sharing service
  • Citymapper — bus and train schedules all over the UK
  • Frugl — best deals for free or low-cost things to do across the UK

Other useful things to know before your trip to the UK

Socket type

UK uses three pin plug system - adapters can be purchased easily upon arrival if necessary.

plug type E -- two round pins and a hole for the socket's male earthing pin

UK currency

Pound sterling (GBP)

UK exchange rate

1 GBP is €1.19

1 GBP is $1.21

Time zone

GMT +2

UK time zone

The UK changes civil time twice a year. Clocks advance one hour during British Summer Time (UTC+01:00) and revert to UTC+00:00 at the end of October.

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