Getting around Britain

Travelling around Britain

Choosing the best form of transport depends on where and when you want to go, although the quickest and most convenient methods can be the most expensive. The website Rome2Rio lists a number of alternative ways of getting to your chosen destination.

Distances between any two points within mainland Britain are relatively small, so air travel usually only makes sense only between the extremes, such as London to Edinburgh. 

Train travel is the best option if you want to visit Britain’s major cities, though fares, especially at peak times, can be expensive. If you plan to do much travelling within Britain, invest in a rail pass. You can buy one before you arrive in the UK; a number of schemes cater for overseas visitors. BritRail offers several options, from a few days’ to two weeks’ worth of rail travel. Coaches cover a wide number of UK destinations and are cheaper than trains, but they take longer and may be less comfortable.

For a touring holiday, hiring a car is easier than relying on public transport. Car rental can be arranged at major airports, large train stations and city centre outlets. Small local firms often undercut the large operators in price but may not be as reliable or convenient. To get the best deals, book from abroad.

For detailed exploration of smaller areas, such as Britain’s national parks, you may prefer more leisurely forms of transport such as bike, narrowboat or horse. Sometimes there are picturesque local options, like the rowing-boat ferry between Southwold and Walberswick on the Blyth Estuary. Larger car ferries travel to Britain’s islands.

Taxis are available at all main coach and train stations; without a car you will avoid the stress of driving in congested city centres.


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