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    Coming to Britain ? From the airport (Stansted)

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 29, 2014

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    From Sourbugger's Stansted page :

    The Stansted express train to London (Liverpool Street)is a disgusting rip-off at TWENTY FOUR pounds ONE-WAY. (or express class as they call it).

    It certainly is not a sleek, aerodynamic, high-speed train either.

    There are now a few more journeys in the dead of night - but they are sporadic and the dreaded 'engineering works' (Oh no it doesn't) may mean you have to use a coach.

    It is at least clean and convenient. Some Low-cost airlines offer tickets whilst on the way to London that will give you a bit of a discount, but remember that the road links are far, far cheaper. (see other tips on Stansted page)

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    The East Midlands airport

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 29, 2014

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    From Sourbugger's Nottingham page :

    East Midlands airport was supposed to be the regional airport for Nottingham, Leicester and Derby. After some argument it was recently re-named Nottingham East Midlands Airport despite the fact there is already (very small) Nottingham airport. It also ignores the fact the airport is actually in Leicestershire, and the nearest city is actually Derby.

    Apparantly foreign visitors had trouble recognising the existence of 'East Midlands' but found 'Nottingham' much easier to place.

    With the growth of low-cost airlines such as Easyjet and Easyjet it is now quite a busy place.

    Gone are the days when Jasper Carrot could reasonably describe East Midlands Airport as the only airport he knew 'With a cattle Grid on the runway'.

    Despite all the development transport links are still not great. The 'Rainbow 5' bus into Nottingham from the aiport is certainly cheap - but is also quite slow taking about an hour.

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    Heathrow inter terminal travel

    by gwened Written Aug 29, 2012

    http://www.heathrowairport.com/heathrow-airport-guide/travel-between-terminals#table
    well never had to take buses there but ,you should be alright for the 7h30 time.You have connections at above links on inter terminal travel.

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    We drove and more!!! London

    by gwened Written Jul 22, 2012

    well been coming here for a few years now, the last time decided to bring the family and drove the car again from Versailles to Earls Court area of London. Avoided the congestion charge by parking at the exhibition center parking lot for a negotiated deal lol!

    We took the eurotunnel to bring the car over under the manche, channel, again this is very easy prebook trip and nice ride,flowless. I ride all the time on business and have n account with them
    http://www.eurotunnel.com/fr/home/
    so with the family was a breeze..easy. You come out already on the British left side driving and was not notice at all. You get there from France on the A16 exit 42 and follow signs. From London you come near Folkestone. The exit is at the junction of the 11A and the expressway M20 that takes you with signs to registration area.

    You can use the route planners like viamichelin,mappy,or google to guide you in ,to me its already registered... I followed the direction of Heathrow airport on the M25 and then get around to come back side to Earls Court on the M4 becoming A4 by west Cromwel road. Take right on Earls Court Road, then right again on old Brompton road, and then right on warwick road to cnter. If not able to park on the exhibition center on the negotiated price, I do park nearby at Seagraves road, there is a parking there with an Avis car rental lot, but you can park too, the rates online from the exhibition center will cut the cost in half.
    http://www.eco.co.uk/p/parking/173

    Then once in London, take the tube, easy and gets you all over, we have the oyster card, recharge and kept forever, mine is 8 years old lol! Plenty to choose in the official transport site in contact here are the choices
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/default.aspx

    and you have the journey planner that guides you where you want to go; with a tube map that is all you need and you are all set. http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

    Here you have the info about the oyster card
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14825.aspx

    this section tells you about the congestion charge in case you want to park closer to the city, not needed thus with the tube.
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/default.aspx

    and here you have the airport site, I give you the two i used the most often and never a problem to get the latest info.
    http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/airports.html
    and the official visit london
    http://www.visitlondon.com/travel/airport/

    For those with the eurostar train service here is the info taken it but not my preferred mode to come here
    http://www.eurostar.com/dynamic/_SvBoExpressBookingTerm?_TMS=1342957545082&_DLG=SvBoExpressBookingTerm&_LANG=UK&_AGENCY=ESTAR&country=UK&lang=UK&VT=EB

    travel info from gare du nord in Paris to St Pancreas in London
    http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/travel_information.jsp?rfrr=UK%3AUK%3AexpressBook_body_travelinformation

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    London Airports Transfers

    by davidjo Written Apr 8, 2012

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    Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted are served by Easybus, which is a shuttle bus service that operates several times an hour between the 4 airports and central London (Earls Court). If you book online far enough in advance the ticket will cost only £2 which is an unbeatable price. With this ticket you may catch another bus one hour either side of your booking time, if seats are available. I used their service twice last year from Stansted and Gatwick, both times took advantage by catching a bus different from my booking time, and plenty of spare seats were available. I suggest if you have luggage book a journey 90 minutes after your plane is due to arrive as clearing immigration may take the best part of an hour so this gives you some leeway if your plane is early or an hour late.

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    cheap car hire

    by davidjo Written Apr 8, 2012

    I usually return to England every two or three years and normally have to rent a car for some of the time that i am there. If i am staying with family near Heathrow i find that the cheapest car hire company is Enterprise with a compact Chevy starting at just over £100 for a week, which is a lot cheaper than their outlets in other parts of London. Similarly, when i visit Scotland i also rent from Enterprise, finding them the cheapest. I think i have used them 5 times and always been given a car with very low mileage.

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    cheap train ticket

    by davidjo Written Apr 8, 2012

    Cheap train tickets are available online at www.megabus.com and www.thetrainline.com. I have often used Megabus for my trips in England and last year i found a good deal with the Train Line by booking well ahead and saving £100. I think that you can only book 90 days in advance so if you know your travel dates, take advantage of this offer.

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    ground transport from London airport

    by gwened Written Jan 12, 2012

    the shuttle will pick you up at your time, do business trips like this all the time there. You tell them the time and they will tell you if the allowed time is correct. For your group is the best bet in my opinion.
    http://heathrowshuttle.com/from-heathrow/

    hope it helps

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    Victoria Station

    by Moirads Written Nov 11, 2011

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    Victoria Station: A Victorian train and tube station named after Victoria Street, not Queen Victoria. Pretty. After African time trains I was gobsmacked at how efficient British Rail is. It is the London station for the Orient Express so we got to imagine that exotic luxury as we scurried around central London to and from Victoria Station.

    We used this station extensively as we stayed at the Salvation Army visiting officers' quarters in Denmark Hill at less than half the price we would have paid elsewhere. I was a Salvation Army officer the first time I visited London, but I had left The Salvation Army the second time.

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    Tubes and Trains

    by cleocat Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    Even though the tubes and the buses can sometimes be crowded and the tickets are far from cheap these days, it is still the best way to travel around London. You can get anywhere you want to be with a tube, train or bus.

    In Central London you won't have to walk more than 5 or 10 minutes before you find a tube station.

    Each station and each train has large tube maps available so changes of getting lost is slim and if you do get on the wrong tube you just need to get of at the next stop and get on the right train.

    Very easy.

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    The Underground

    by cleocat Updated Aug 26, 2010

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    It is busy and stuffy in the summer but so convenient. Living in SA all my life and being subjected to bad roads, congested traffic and rude drivers I find the subway a bliss. Even if I have to hang on for dear life I can listen to my ipod or read a book without being worried about anything. The maps might look scary and you the first time you believe you will get so lost no-one would ever find you again but within a day or two it is as easy as pie. My 16 year old son says if you can read you can figure out the subway. I suppose I will get blase about it like all Londoners eventually do but at the moment it is still great fun.

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    Bus, Rail , plane or car?

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 8, 2010

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    If you have the money and are short of time the best way to travel in England is to fly. For feedom to divert off on your own itinerary, renting a car can be an alternative. Rates vary from one region to another.

    Failing that,the National Express Bus service covers a wide network and timetable and prices can be found and bookings can be made online. Coach sevice is much cheaper than by rail.

    However I love travelling by train. Nowadays it is expensive but also faster, and trains seem to be running on time. Seats can be booked the day before travel and this can be necessary as some services can be fully booked. I have had to stand most of the way from London to Perth before now in summer when there are many tourists..
    Usually the price of a one-way ticket can cost almost the same as for a return which can be used any time within a month.

    Travelling by Bus allows more luggage than air. By rail , though there are no limits, can be congested and space for luggage is limited. And transferring a suit case from one platform to another can be exhausting, and even dangerous.

    So you really have to plan carefully and decide which option or combination of options suits you best.

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    Hydrofoil on Top of Water

    by BruceDunning Written Mar 26, 2009

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    In spite of the Chunnel now being the fast method, we used to take the hydrofoil across the Channel. It was exciting, even though noisy from the roar of the engines. The float gives you a sensation. You board at Dover and get to Calais

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    Renting a car in UK

    by Bernie843 Written Feb 2, 2009

    if you do rent a car, don't get one at the airport. they are far more expensive. There are many in town centres and there are some just outside the airports with transport from the airport that are much cheaper.

    An automatic gearbox is more expensive.

    Also i have discovered that if you book on .com it is usually more expensive than .co.uk????

    Like europcar?

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    Ferry up the Thames!

    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 23, 2008

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    We caught a Thames River Services Ferry (there were two other companies operating from the same area offering similar products for similar prices).

    We caught the first ferry around 10am and headed to Greenwich seeing a few more of the sights along the way (my favourite being London Bridge).

    Had a few hours in Greenwich and then came back. Not high speed travel but the boat people were almost like tour guides along the way and it was very relaxing. The brochure they gave us when we bought the tickets was also very informative.

    The return trip to Greenwich cost us 9 pounds 80 each. This allowed you to hop on and off.

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