Travel in the UK

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Want to know the best way to get around the UK? Read through all our top tips and we’ll have you on your way.

 

TRANSPORT

Air: there are over 40 domestic and international airports around the UK.

Coach: the largest British coach operator is National Express with a nationwide network of more than 1,200 destinations. The company offers a number of discounts, such as their £5 Funfares (+50p booking fee), which are available online, to over 50 destinations. Other operators in the UK include MegabusEasyBus and Scottish Citylink . You can use comparison sites like CheckMyBus in order to shop around for great deals. Please remember that you need to buy coach tickets in advance, as they can’t be purchased directly when boarding.

Rail: there are 28 different train operators in the UK. The train line is a great website to check the schedule and book the tickets for your trip. Download their handy app for train tickets and info on the go!

Public transport: the public transportation options in the United Kingdom varies from city to city. Citymapper is a great mobile app helping to navigate the public transport in various cities.

Don’t forget to investigate a travel-card/ monthly-card option, which gives you the freedom to travel as much as you like on bus, tube, tram, etc. for the fixed amount of time.

This British Council’s website about studying in the UK, is a great place to find information about travel and transport when coming to the UK. 

    EXPLORE THE UK

    Cultural Life and History

    A great deal of interesting information from Encyclopaedia Britannica.

    The United Kingdom 

    One of the best-loved travel guides, the Lonely Planet, is a great tool to find out about interesting places to explore around the UK. 

    Explore the free festivals across the UK

    What’s the best way of experiencing some UK culture while on a budget? Or spend some time discovering amazing or quirky events? Go to one of these free festivals of course!

    Belfast, City of Culture

    Taking a whistle stop tour of just a few important cultural venues in Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast.

    Other great places to find ideas for UK adventures are:

    EMERGENCY NUMBERS

    • 999: the main emergency number for police, ambulance, fire brigade, coastguard, mountain rescue, cave rescue, etc. Calls are free, and 999 can be dialled from a locked mobile phone.
    • 112: this operates exactly the same as 999 and directs you to exactly the same emergency call centre. The important thing about 112 is that it will work on a mobile phone anywhere in the world.
    • 111: the non-emergency number for the police. Use 101 when you want to contact the police, but it’s not an emergency – i.e. an immediate response is not necessary and/or will not be serve any purpose
    • 101: the non-emergency medical number. This is available nationwide and replaced and expanded on the former NHS Direct service. Use this for illnesses and minor injuries where life isn’t threatened, but you would like some advice on what to do next. Calls are free.

     

    MOBILE SERVICE

    UK is a part of the EU no-roaming-charges zone (yay!), so coming from another EU country there is no rush getting yourself a local sim card, which means there is a lot of time to consider different options.

    More information regarding Mobile phone services and networks: