Transportation in England
You’re ready for vacation in England, you packed, you flew, and you landed. Now what?
Transportation in England is easily accessible. You can take the Underground, or the Tube as locals call it, taxi, train, or bus.
Let’s say you land at Heathrow, for example, you could take the Underground to central London for a low price. Should you fly in at Heathrow or Gatwick, they have Express trains, while a bit pricier, and will get you to central London in about half the time.
Taking a taxi from either of those airports will be the most expensive form of transportation you can use. Why use a taxi when you can start taking the train like most locals do? Unless you’re totally exhausted from your flight and want to check-in to your hotel as soon as possible, by all means, go for it. Keep in mind; you’re going to want to splurge on souvenirs and entertainment, not transportation, which is why I suggest the train or bus.
The trains and buses are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. Upon arriving at your hotel and settling in a bit, find out the train and bus schedule and start making use of them.
Bring good walking shoes. Walking is the most inexpensive form of transportation there is and with London being such a compact city, I would become best friends with your sneakers. Besides, you get exercise after slamming down a few caloric beers at the pub and you can totally immerse yourself in the culture.
If you want to visit other countries while you’re in England, take the EuroStar (the Chunnel) to France or Belgium.
If you want a more scenic ocean-esque view, take a ferry to the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Norway or Sweden. It’s more eco-friendly than flying and it’s better for your wallet.
Flying to other European countries from England is fairly reasonable as well. Think of it as flying from state to state in the U.S. Considering how much your trip and the plane ticket alone costs to get over the Atlantic, you should try to see and absorb as much as you can.
Remember, and this applies to anywhere, not just England or Europe: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s better to stay on schedule and calm rather than become stressed and flustered because of transportation.
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