Getting to England

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Airports

London is a global transport hub, so you can easily fly to England from just about anywhere in the world. In recent years, the massive growth of budget (‘no-frills’) airlines has increased the number of routes – and reduced the fares – between England and other countries in Europe.

Your other main option for travel between England and mainland Europe is ferry, either port-to-port or combined with a long-distance bus trip – this type of travel has less environmental impact than flying, although journeys can be long and financial savings not huge compared with budget airfares. International trains are much more comfortable, and another ‘green’ option; the Channel Tunnel allows direct rail services between England, France and Belgium, with onward connections to many other European destinations.

Getting from England to Scotland and Wales is easy. The bus and train systems are fully integrated and in most cases you won’t even know you’ve crossed the border. Passports are not required – although some Scots and Welsh may think they should be!

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Airports

London is a global transport hub, so you can easily fly to England from just about anywhere in the world. In recent years, the massive growth of budget (‘no-frills’) airlines has increased the number of routes – and reduced the fares – between England and other countries in Europe.

Your other main option for travel between England and mainland Europe is ferry, either port-to-port or combined with a long-distance bus trip – this type of travel has less environmental impact than flying, although journeys can be long and financial savings not huge compared with budget airfares. International trains are much more comfortable, and another ‘green’ option; the Channel Tunnel allows direct rail services between England, France and Belgium, with onward connections to many other European destinations.

Getting from England to Scotland and Wales is easy. The bus and train systems are fully integrated and in most cases you won’t even know you’ve crossed the border. Passports are not required – although some Scots and Welsh may think they should be!

Airlines

Most of the world’s major airlines have services to England from many parts of the world, and budget airlines fly between England and other European countries. Charter flights are another option; you can buy seat-only deals on the planes that carry tourists between, for example, England and numerous Mediterranean resorts. The best deals are usually available online, and to save going to every airline’s site individually, it’s worth using an internet travel agency or price comparison site; these include the following:

Cheapflights.co.uk (www.cheapflights.co.uk)

Expedia (www.expedia.com)

Flightline.co.uk (www.flightline.co.uk)

LowCostAirlines.org (www.lowcostairlines.org)

skyscanner (www.skyscanner.com)

Travelocity Travel (www.travelocity.com)

Tickets

Because London is one of the world’s main air travel hubs, there’s competition between the airlines, and that means competitive fares. You can purchase your airline ticket from a travel agency (in person, by telephone or on the internet), or direct from the airline (the best deals are often available online only). It always pays to shop around. Internet travel agencies work well if you’re doing a straightforward trip, but for anything even slightly complex there’s no substitute for a real-live travel agent who knows the system, the options, the special deals and so on.