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How to Reach united kingdom

How to Reach United Kingdom by Air

Air is the easiest and best option if you decide to travel to the UK. You will find many options from London as it has five international airports: 

  • London Heathrow
  • London City
  • London Gatwick
  • London Luton
  • London Stansted

London has heavy air traffic and Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. You can easily use London as a launchpad to get anywhere. Europe, Caribbean, North and South America. There are numerous direct flights from many Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai. There are regular flights, some every day from India, to the UK. They include

  •  Emirates
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • British Airways

How to Reach United Kingdom by Railways

If you are traveling from other European countries to the UK, London is linked with the European mainland through the Channel Tunnel, which connects London St Pancras Station to Paris Gare du Nord and Brussels Midi/Zuid. It is a tunnel where trains carry passengers, cars, motorbikes, coaches, etc through it. The tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar passenger trains, the Eurotunnel Shuttle for road vehicle - the largest such transport in the world - and international goods trains. The tickets are easily available but it is best to book beforehand. The journey takes less than 3 hours and has regular services between the cities.

How to Reach United Kingdom by Road

The UK is an island hence, it does not physically connect to any other country by road. However, there are several transport links such as the trains and ferries, which link the neighbouring countries through the English Channel. To cross borders one must take the car on a ferry or on a train. Driving left-hand drive cars in the UK is permitted, and driving right-hand drive cars in France.

How to Reach United Kingdom by Sea

Four seas border the UK:

  • English Channel, which separates it from continental Europe to the south
  • The North Sea on the east
  • The Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. 

Key international UK ferry ports include Felixstowe, Harwich, Folkestone, Dover, Southampton, and Bristol in south England; Hull and Liverpool in north England; Edinburgh in Scotland, and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The English Channel can be crossed by ferry very easily. The Dover-Calais route is the shortest sea crossing route between France and England and takes around 90 minutes. 

Dunkirk is around two-hour crossing and slightly longer crossings are overnight ferries to Normandy, Brittany, and Spain.

How to Commute Within United Kingdom

By Air 
There are many options to fly internally. The UK is very well connected and there are many low-cost airlines such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Flybe and Logan air along with the flag carrier airline British Airways. Traveling within the UK has become extremely easy due to the frequency of flights and the number of carriers. 

By Bus
The UK has a brilliant network of buses and more than a dozen coach companies competing for providing the best services. This is a slightly more affordable option than flying and is also very scenic. There are over 2000 destinations in the UK covered by various bus routes.  In every one of the larger cities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you will find a coach station with multiple connections.  Companies like EasyBus, Megabus or National Express connect cities throughout the UK with their extensive bus route networks. Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Sheffield and many more cities can be accessed using  convenient and inexpensive bus travel options. 

By Car
A valid international license and your passport are imperative to drive in the UK. The legal age to drive is 17 years. It is a good idea to go through the rules of driving thoroughly with reference to fines, speed limits and third party insurance. The UK uses the imperial system for road signs, all limits and restrictions are in miles and yards. Knowing the equation makes driving a lot  

There are three kinds of roads in the UK: 

1. Motorways: These are high-speed roads (70mph) where slow vehicles and pedestrians are forbidden. Motorways signs are blue with white text.

2. Primary Roads: These are smaller and slower roads, which can either, be single, or dual carriageways. Signs are green with white text.

3. Non-primary Roads: these are alternative roads that may be more direct and avoid dual carriageways. Signs are in white with black writing.
Driving in and around the UK can be an enriching experience if all legalities are out of the way.. 

By Boat
The major rivers in the UK are mainly connected with tourist trade and sporting activities rather than traveling from one destination to another. 

By Train
The railway system in the UK is the oldest in the world. It is home to around 2,563 train stations and the network integrates villages, towns, and cities. This does not include the train stations on London Underground and the heritage railways dotted across the country. Three other major train stations outside the capital are Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central, and Manchester Piccadilly, which each serve and provide regular services to major cities all across the UK. The three stations ensure representative coverage of all areas of the UK; The Midlands, The North of England and Scotland. 
The major mainline train stations you can expect to travel from and to in London include Waterloo, Paddington and King's Cross. 
Outstation trains can be boarded from St. Pancras. The train stations are very well connected and hence they have become the lifeline of the local people. Most listed buildings stem around stations.  

Local Transport
UK has a state-of-the-art transport system. Public transport is very well integrated and seamlessly connects to each other at major junctions and makes it effortless for travellers to move around with and outside the cities.

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