Travel in the UK is not expensive IF you do your homework, BOOK IN ADVANCE and BE VERSATILE ABOUT YOUR TIME OF TRAVEL.
There is always the cheap and cheerful COACH travel, but this does involve enduring long hours on a packed, cramped bus, often travelling overnight. And often, if you’d only got on the internet in plenty of time, you could have have booked a cheaper flight.
TRAIN travel is becoming scarily expensive in the UK, unless you get on the internet at least a fortnight in advance to book your tickets. The cheaper seats are limited so the earlier you book the more chance you have of getting one. Stay clear of rush hour times when travelling – for instance the train from Cardiff to London at breakfast time is far more expensive than the one at lunchtime because so many people commute. There are several different companies who run the different routes throughout the UK so you’ll need to check on the internet for which company is relevant to where you are going.
AIR TRAVEL is surprisingly often the cheapest option, but again you have to get on the internet, as in advance as possible, and check out the cheap airlines – eg Ryan Air and Easyjet. Just a word of warning – there are incredibly cheap flights to and from London’s various airports BUT you often have to pay a huge fair to then travel on the train into or from the centre of London. Also a tip for Scotland – my local airport is Glasgow, but when travelling to the rest of the UK I will often find a cheaper flight that goes out of Prestwick airport (just south of Glasgow and with a cheap and quick rail link to Glasgow Central Train Station – show your air ticket and you’ll get your train fare half price!).
CAR RENTAL is the best way to see all the nooks and crannies and is the only way to see the countryside (nb the Scottish Highlands and Islands should not be missed). There are loads of rental companies so find the most competative. The insurance greatly ups the price of car hire so if you can just have one driver it will work out much cheaper.
Lastly can I plead with anyone planning on a trip to the UK. Please travel about and don’t get stuck in London – the best bits of the UK are a long way from London. AND IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT TO SCOTLAND YOU CAN’T CLAIM YOU’VE SEEN THE UK!
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