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Buses & trains

Bus providers in United Kingdom

    Yorkshire Tiger

    Yellow Buses

    The Witch Way

    Jet 747 Edinburgh

    Trentbarton

    Traveleuro

    Transdev

    The 36

    Swanbrook

    Stansted Citylink

    Stevenage 100/101

    Stagecoach bus

    The Buses of Somerset

    Park's of Hamilton

    Oxford Tube

    Oxford Bus Company

    National Express

    Megabus

    Magical Shuttle

    Kernow Bus

    Keighley Bus Company

    High Peak

    Harrogate Bus Company

    Green Line

    Flyer Transdev

    First Bus

    easyBus

    Coastliner

    Cityzap

    Citylink

    Christian Transfers

    Castleline

    Carousel

    Brontebus

    Bigbus

    Bath Bus Company

    Arriva UK Liverpool Service

    Arriva United Kingdom

    Arriva

    Airport Bus Express

    Airport Bus Express

    Airport Bus Express

    Air Decker

    Air Decker

Train companies in United Kingdom

    CrossCountry

    West Midlands Trains

    Transport for Wales Rail Services

    Transpennine Express

    TfL rail

    Stansted Express

    South Western Railway

    Southern Railway

    London South Eastern Railway

    ScotRail

    Northern Railway

    National Rail

    Merseyrail

    London Overground

    London North Eastern Railway

    Hull Trains

    Heathrow Express

    Great Western Railway

    Govia Thameslink Railway

    Greater Anglia

    Grand Central Railway

    Gatwick Express

    Eurostar

    Edinburgh Trams

    East Midlands Trains

    Chiltern Railways

    Caledonian Sleeper

    C2C

    Avanti West Coast

    Abellio

    Eurostar

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℃.

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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UK travel guide

Can I use euros or dollars in the UK?
The local currency in the UK is the British pound sterling. One pound sterling is about 1.16 euros. You can exchange money at any local bank. Euro and dollar are not accepted even in most tourist places in the United Kingdom, so it is better to take care of the currency exchange in advance.
How much should you tip in the UK?
Local restaurants and cafés of the UK welcome tips. Upscale restaurants include service fees into the total bill. In cafes, do not forget to leave the tips of 10-15 percent. And if you’re grabbing a drink in a pub, 5 percent will be highly appreciated.
Can I drink tap water in the United Kingdom?
Tap water in the UK is safe for drinking. You don't need to order bottled water in local restaurants if you prefer affordable meals.
Can I use my credit card in the UK?
The UK has widely adopted the system of cashless payments. But still, take some cash with you if you like authentic shopping in the markets.
What is the best way to travel around the UK?
You can get around the United Kingdom by bus or train. Main stations are usually located not far from the city center and let you get to any location you need.
What's a traditional British food?
Scottish cuisine is based on meat, and one of the most hearty dishes is the meat pie. There are two main varieties: scotch pie (with minced meat) and scotch steak pie (with chunks of meat in a sauce).
Do the British have afternoon tea?
Even though this tradition is not as popular as it used to be, you can have an afternoon tea in the restaurant of any department store, tea room or hotel, where you will be welcome even if you are not a guest there. The British drink tea with milk and biscuits, scones with cream or jam, and fruits are served with it. But keep in mind that tea drinking is not a matter of five minutes but a whole ritual.
How do I travel around the UK on a budget?
Traditional taxis in the United Kingdom are costly, and if you want to travel on a low budget, it is best to avoid them. Better to use apps like Gett, Uber, etc.
Are all museums in the UK free?
Many UK national museums offer free admission every day. These include the National History Museum, the National Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Museum Cardiff, Gallery of Modern Art, and many more.
What is a must-try British food?
Haggis is a hearty and delicious Scottish dish worth trying for all tourists. Haggis is made of sheep heart, liver and lungs, mixed with spices and suet. It is usually served with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and whiskey sauce. There is also a vegetarian version of haggis. Look for this meal at any traditional restaurant.

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