Getting Around the United Kingdom
Traveling by Road:
The United Kingdom can boast a very comprehensive and well maintained network of roads, although there are times of great congestion, particularly around London and other major cities. Traffic drives on the left-hand side and one must be at least 17 years of age to drive a vehicle. Another thing to take note of while driving in the United Kingdom and is the use of roundabouts or traffic circles. Where one might expect there to be a traffic light, the United Kingdom instead uses a roundabout, where drivers must yield to drivers already in the circle. Roads and speed limits are measured in miles, despite the use of the metric system in the United Kingdom. Typical highway speeds are 70mph while in urban areas it is 30mph.
Traveling by Rail:
Train travel is often the preferred way to move around the United Kingdom as its network is very extensive and covers just about every area of the country. Whether you are traveling intercity or between two cities, going by train is an efficient way to travel. Fares can be higher compared to international standards, but it is still a stress-free way to travel. The Tube or underground rail system in London and other major cities is a very effective way of traveling around city and is often the preferred way to do so. Booking long distance train fare in advance is advisable as it can usually save you some money. With all the heavy train traffic, train delays are common and should be planned for in advance as sometimes it is unavoidable. International rail service is also available.
Traveling by Bus:
Bus travel is also a viable option in the United Kingdom, as major towns and cities have a coach terminal within. Bus travel is generally cheaper than rail travel but coach service isn't as fast as train travel. The bus network reaches just about all areas of the United Kingdom, making it an option to reach those places that the rail system doesn't cover. Long distance bus services as well as local guided coach tours are all available in the United Kingdom. Check with the local tourist board to find out what is on hand in the city you will be visiting.
Traveling by Boat:
Boat and ferry service is readily available in coastal towns. Destinations serviced include the Channel Islands, mainland Europe as well as other destinations within close proximity. Traveling by ferry offers a great way to see the country from the water, providing many great photo-opportunities.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxi service is a great way to move about major towns and cities in the United Kingdom. There are 2 types of cabs, black and mini cabs. Black cabs are the more traditional cabs that have a meter and a standard rate per mile, while mini cabs tend to be smaller, can't be hailed in the street and do not contain a meter. Make sure to agree to a fare before enlisting the service of a mini cab. Black cabs can be hailed in the street, picked up from a taxi rank or called in advance. Tipping is not customary but if you feel you have received good service then leaving a small amount will be greatly appreciated.