Located about 28 miles (45 kilometers) south of central London, London Gatwick International Airport (LGW) is the second-largest airport in the United Kingdom, and is among the top ten of the busiest international airports in the world. Most airlines serving the airport are from the United Kingdom and European countries, although there are flights from Africa, the Middle East, and North America as well. The airport is also a major hub for many of the no-frills airlines that have proliferated in recent years.
Airlines serving London Gatwick International Airport: Adria Airways, Aer Lingus, African Alliance International, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Europa, Air Malta, Air Moldova, Air Nostrum, Air One, Air Seychelles, Air Southwest, Air Zimbabwe, airBaltic, Aurigny Air Services, Belavia Belarusian Airlines, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cimber Sterling, Croatia Airlines, Cubana Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Emirates, Estonian Air, Gambia Bird Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Germania, Ghana International Airlines, Hellenic Imperial Airways, Iraqi Airways, Jet2, Kam Air, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Meridiana fly, Montenegro Airlines, Norwegian Air, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, SATA International, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Air Portugal, Transavia, Tunisair, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airways of Bangladesh, US Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Wind Jet.
London Heathrow International Airport (LHR), 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of London, handles most of the intercontinental and international flights into the city. In fact, Heathrow serves more international flights and airlines than any airport in the world.
Airlines serving London Heathrow International Airport: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Air Algerie, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air-India, Air Malta, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Arik Air, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Blue1, bmi British Midland, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Croatia Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Delta Air Lines, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Gulf Air, Iberia, Icelandair, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, JAT Yugoslav Airlines, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Olympic Airways, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines, QANTAS Airways, Qatar Airways, Rossiya Russian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Syrian Arab Airlines, TAM Brazilian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom Romanian Air Transport, Thai Airways International, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airline, United Airlines, US Airways, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Vueling Airlines, and Yemenia Yemen Airways.
In 1990 I took the ferry (P & O) and touring car, in 2001 I went by train (as a passenger without a car): the Eurostar, departing from Brussels. The ferry wasn't too bad, but then, neither was the weather if my memory serves me correctly. The trip can easily be made by train (remember to check in at least 20 minutes before departure!), but the passage through the Channel Tunnel isn't very exciting: it took about fifteen to twenty minutes in total darkness ; some of the passengers drove backwards, which gave the impression of a ghost house ride!
In 2002 on our holiday in the West Country, we made the trip by car and took the Shuttle car service (train plus car) from Calais. The Shuttle can be booked in advance, there's a check-in time of some fifteen to twenty minutes, and you'll have the opportunity to buy tax-free products.
In 2010, on our London trip, we travelled as train passengers once more, just as I had done in 2001.
In London take the tube, travel by train in the south-east. The trains are very old-fashioned by European standards, but you'll arrive in time (at least, that was my experience - of course some say you won't...)
2010 found me with three weeks to see to personal matters and meet friends and relatives.
On arrival at Heathrow I had to travel by Underground to Richmond. Anyone spending time in the London area will find an Oyster card invaluable. It is valid both on the Underground and on London buses. You pre-pay a sum of money and then for every journey touch a pad before entering the Underground or by the driver of a bus. This records where the journey begins.
After finishing my stay in London, I went to King's Cross Station to travel to Inverness. I used the East Coast Railway which follows, obviously the east route. This took us past Peterborough, York, Newcastle and Berwick on Tweed before crossing the border into Scotland. The scenery varied from canals with brightly coloured barges on them, industrial towns with smoking furnaces, fields of rape, rolling countryside with villages dotted here and there and large towns too.
The whole journey to Inverness took 8 hours 8 minutes. Later I did the same journey from Inverness to Euston by Scotrail. This time I took the sleeper which left Inverness around 8.45pm and got into Euston about 8 am.
Next I retraced part of the route from Euston to Rugeley in the Midlands, and from there across country from Stafford to Nottingham. All journeys were comfortable and trains left and arrived on time.
Thurso Train Station is the end of the line – quite literally. It is the northernmost Rail Station in Great Britain. Located on Princes Street, this small station is they way to travel south to Inverness where you can then access the entire British rail network. The station was opened on 28 July 1874. It was actually selected for closure in the 1960s, but survives to this day so you can travel to the very top of the UK mainland.
The station itself is open Monday-Saturday 09:50-16:54. For some reason some websites show them opening 1 hour late on Saturday. I base the times on the sign on the wall inside that station. There is a side gate to get to the single platform (of course!) outside of opening hours. You can buy a ticket on the train without any problem.
During opening hours you have:
• Rail staff for any questions, tickets, assistance
• Accessible unisex toilet
• Induction loop at ticket office window (for hearing impaired passengers)
• Luggage trolleys
• Post Box
• Car park (3 spaces, 1 is handicapped) – 24 hour
• Taxi rank
• Public (pay) phone
• 3 cycle racks. (not covered)
They also have Left Luggage Lockers for £3 a day. They are accessible Monday - Saturday 10:00-16:30, closed Sundays!
Thurso station is on the Far North Line and is 154 miles (248 km) north of Inverness.
After arriving at Thurso the trains often go back to Georgemas Junction and then on to Inverness in around 3 ½ hours. The journey follows the coast line for most of your journey and is arguably the most scenic rail journey in the UK.
Address: Princes Street, Thurso, Highland, KW14 7DL
It is about a 5-7 minute walk to shops and accommodation (300m/1000ft). You may want to just walk to most places rather then asking for a taxi.
For details of onward bus services, visit www.travelinescotland.com or call +44 (0) 871 200 22 33 (24 hours).
For full details of train times and calling points (stations), please have a look at the National Rail Enquiries Website
St Pancras Station is now home to the Eurostar for Lille, Paris and Brussels. The station has had a complete facelift and it is worth having a look inside even if you are not travelling from here. There are some interesting statues and a champagne bar inside.
BMI spun out of British Midland and did attempt to compete alongside BA, however in the last year the service they offer has gone down in quality in my opinion. The complimentary drinks & snacks stopped on 1 Aug 05 (these are still available at a cost). A lot of flights started to run late and the general level of service has fallen. For the money they still charge you are better off using BA or saving some pounds on FlyBE or Easyjet.
I signed up on their frequent flier programme 18 months ago when I started travelling to london twice a month. A Diamondclub card was issued and I looked forward to qualifying to the Silver level whereby I'd gain entry to their lounges along with a few other perks. As I started, I was gaining 300 points per flight = 1200 per month. At this rate I reckoned on taking 14 months to get the 15000 necassary. I gave up before Christmas with less than 5000 as for some reason most of the flights I used "did not qualify". Extremely frustrating and they have permanantly lost my loyalty.
If you are non-UK, you can buy a BritRail discount pass to travel by train around Great Britain & Ireland. The pass is valid from 2 days to 1 month consecutive days or not (flexipass) and can be bought online or in advance from your country - always before arriving in the UK.
Prices - see website. Downloadable pdf in:
For cheaper transport by coach see: http://www.nationalexpress.com
El pase Britrail sirve para viajes ilimitados en tren segun las modalidades y zonas.Se puede comprar online, o en algunas agencias en España - en ese caso normalmente hay que pedirlo con una semana de antelación para estar seguro de recibirlo ANTES de viajar a Gran Bretaña.
En la página web se puede descargar un folleto en español y con precios en Euros: http://www.britrail.com/brochures/BritRail_Spanish2.pdf
Una página bastante útil es la de visitbritain con links a los transportes (en castellano): http://www.visitbritain.com/VB3-es-ES/transport/index.aspx
We bought a ticket in London for the train to Fishguard and then Stena Lines across the Irish sea to Rosslare Harbor. The cost in 2003 is 43 English pounds for a one-way trip. This vessel also transports cars.
3 Hours 30 Minutes
For more info go to the Stena Lines website listed below.
Trains here are a major form of passenger transport. They're generally fast, and despite their growing reputation for unreliability, I haven't had many problems in years of using them regularly. They can be quite expensive, but with railcards and advance bookings you can save a fair bit of money. It's best to try to book a few weeks in advance and travel off-peak. If you do book in advance, to get the cheapest fares you'll be restricted to travelling on specific trains on specific days. If you'd like a little bit more flexibility, you could try a Saver Return. They're not as cheap as the more restricted tickets, but since they allow you to return on any day and (almost - must be off-peak and sometimes there are route restrictions) any train within 30 days of the outward travel date, they do provide added flexibility. At short notice for trips over a day long, they're probably the best option. If you're just doing a day-trip ask for a cheap day single or return as appropriate. You can buy tickets on the trains, but it's better if you buy before you travel since you won't be offered any form of discounted ticket once travelling.
If you're under 26 you can get a young persons railcard, valid for a year, for £18. It's well worth it - it'll save you as much as it costs after a couple of journeys. Check the national rail website for general information. For bookings, I use http://www.thetrainline.com or http://www.qjump.co.uk
Sorry about the category - there's none for trains :( Will edit later - So, Britainnia2, there's even a Scots Rail Pass, eh? :-) Good infor for my retirement! LOL! Btw OP, I always travelled by train in the day time and stayed at B&B. Never took a sleeper - defeats the purpose of 'seeing' the UK countryside imho :-) And did Mallaig/Oban/Largs/Hellensborough etc on day trips from my UK base :-)
I have used the TomTom Sat Nav on the walking setting when in town as opposed to standing on a street corner with a map. Not quite the same as Ordnance Survey but extremely useful if you want to know where the nearest hotel or restaurant is. If you enter your destination, it gives you the time you are likely to arrive and the distances involved. A handy tool for planning your route.
The open-top buses takes a 1 ½ hour, 8km round-trip along some of the city's most impressive and evocative sights and includes 21 hop-on/hop-off points. The tour starts at High Street, then visits the Titanic Quarter and drives past Stormont before heading West to take in the political murals and Peace Wall along the Shankill and Falls Roads. The return leg passes through Queen's Quarter, past the University and Botanic Gardens. The commentary is as entertaining as it is enlightening, with the guides making Troubles-related jokes only a local could get away with. You will recognize the buses from others as they are brightly branded with the CitySightseeing logo.
The tour bus starts at High Street & Chichester Street. Check with the website listed below for times and prices.
Travel by train in the UK is no longer a simple affair and after an abcense of
3 years from the old country I was truly a beginner, bacl almost at square one.
For example without advance planning a single rail trip can vary in price as much
as a hundred pounds sterling if you leave your journey preparation to the last minute
and have to pay at the moment of travel.
There are now some very IMPORTANT new rules if you wish to get the best price.
1) Plan your journey well in advance, 1 month or more if possible.
2) travel after peak hours after 9.30 am
3) search online or ask at railway station to search for the cheapest ticket.
4) be flexible with travel times
5) There are many types of rail cards that offer great discounts, For Example
Family Rail Card cost 26 pounds for a year but 2 adults and 3 children can use it.
66% off childrens fare and 33% of adult fares.
Price example is for the single ticket 2 hour journey from London Victoria would cost £34.80
for 1 adult and 1 child
if we wanted to travel anytime and pay the full price, well it
means also at peak times. Then if we would choose an exact train time after 9.30am then
the price for myself and my daughter would be £14.40 .
But I was very lucky to get an
Advance ticket with a fixed time for £2.60.
In the past I was not too fond of Heathrow airport, as I found it confusing and everything took much longer than in any other airport. But this time I was pleasantly surprised.
I arrived in terminal 1, walked to immigration: There were long lines, but several counters were manned and the whole thing took just a few minutes. Great!
I then walked to the baggage claim, didn't have to wait long and was out of Heathrow within half an hour.
On my way back, I had planned an extra hour - from experience - , but again checking in was so fast and easy - enough machines and enough counters for the baggage drop - the security check was very quick, the gate was announced in time - it was great!
This was in August 2009, main holiday season and many,many passengers - what a change from the last times I flew from Heathrow. Wonderful!
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Public transport in the UK isn't particularly cheap, but trains and/or local or long-distance buses will get you to most places.
And they'll get you there safely and comfortably enough....
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