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See also Britrail Passes


British Airways British Airways (check website for numerous phone numbers) flies within the UK and internationally to many locations. Tel. 0870 850 9850
British Midland is Britainís second largest full service airline. Fly Bmi Tel. 0871 224 0224
Air Wales Air Wales flies from Cardiff and Swansea to England. Tel. 0870 777 3131
Easy Jet Easy Jet is a no frills airline primarily Scotland based. Tel. 0871 244 2366
Eastern Airways Eastern Airways flies within the UK on a daily basis. Tel. 01652 680600.
Flybe Flybe offers low cost flights from Scotland and the Channel Islands, Birmingham, Bristol, London City, and other English cities. Tel. 0871 700 0535.
Logan Air Logan Air
Air Canada Air Canada flies from Canada to London and Manchester


National Rail Enquiries: 0845 748 4950 gives information on all rail services in the UK.
The Trainline: The Trainline Find timetables and book online
Qjump: Q Jump Timetables and online booking
Chiltern Railways: Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone and Birmingham
East Coast: for London to Edinburgh routes. East Coast operates between Doncaster and Edinburgh. Customers travelling First Class can enjoy East Coastís complimentary food and drinks offer plus unlimited Wi-Fi. Advanced return fares can be booked online at East Coast Times and fares can also be found via 08457 225225 or from any staffed stations.
London Northwestern: London Northwestern Stansted airport, Cardiff, Manchester, Norwich, Lincoln, Derby, etc.
Northern: First Northern Manchester, Lancaster, Carlisle
Southwestern Trains: Southwestern Trains
Virgin Trains: Virgin Trains Tel. 08457 222 333. From Brighton all the way up to Aberdeen and Glasgow, and over to Penzance and points in-between.
Scot Rail (First Group): Scotrail is Scotlandís railway.

Double check which station and train track your train leaves from in both directions on your journey. There is more than one train station at Dover, Exeter, Folkstone, Glasgow, Harwich, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Portsmouth, Ramsgate, Southampton, and Weymouth.

Buses (Coaches)

First Group First Group links a large number of UK cities. Maps, routes, and timetables available online.
National Express: National Express Tel. 0870 580 8080 goes to Wales, England and Scotland with over 1000 destinations, both local and express trips.
Stagecoach Bus Stagecoach Bus provides inter-city services across the UK.
MegaBus Megabus
Scotland City Link Citylink provides connections between 200 cities and towns in Scotland.
Ireland City Link Citylink
Bus Eireann Bus Eireann links cities and towns in Northern Ireland.

Car Travel

See Destinations article: Driving on the Left

Car Hire

Avis UK: Avis
Carquest Rentals: Carquest
Easy Car: Easycar
Europ Car: Europcar
National Car Rental: National Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental: Thrifty
Sixt: Sixt Limited locations
Woods car rental: Woods
Enterprise Rent a Car: Enterprise Rent a Car
Rhino Care Hire: Rhino Car Hire


London Transport has details on the underground, buses, river transport, taxi hire, and local rail. You can plan your journey at the site and buy tickets online.

Taxis: Always use a licensed cab. They used to be all black, but now many have coloured advertising covering their cabs. The way to tell a licensed cab is to check the back license plate, which should have a white official cab license plate. If you use other cabs, expect to pay up to double the price.

Travel Tips: To go from Heathrow Airport to Victoria station via the Piccadilly line (if travelling on the underground) you need to change to the District line. Do this at Barons Court Station, which is far less busy and also allows you to use the same platform, which means you donít have to navigate the underground with your luggage.

When buying tickets at Victoria Station, go to the station reception office ( to the left of the main ticket office) to buy a ticket, thus avoiding the long lineups.

If you have luggage and want to store it somewhere while you sightsee, leave it at the Excess Baggage Company. They are located at all the major train stations. Find out more at Excess Baggage Co

London Underground: London Underground Maps and journey planner.
Oyster Card: Oyster Card A pay as you go card for London transport, useful for long term stays.
Gatwick Express: Gatwick Express
Heathrow Express: Heathrow Express
Stansted Express: Stansted Express

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