UK Transport Services
The UK has a great number of convenient transport options. The most common form for students will be mass public transport, as taxis are very expensive. The UK public transport is both convenient and cost effective, with many student discounts available. Quite a few students also consider purchasing a bicycle which is even cheaper. Many towns and cities around the UK have bike paths for cyclists. Do remember however, that in the UK you MUST wear a cycling helmet and also prepare a good secure lock as theft is not uncommon. Please find below some further information and links about the UK transport infrastructure.
Buses and Coaches
All towns and cities in the UK have buses operating, and coaches are frequent between all the major urban areas.
Once you have figured out the right buses to get to and from the school you are studying at, you will find this is one of the cheapest methods of transport. The cheapest way to get between cities is to take a coach service such as National Express. Ticket prices and times can all be found online. There are cheaper tickets available for young adults from the ages of 16-26 called a "Young Person Coach Card". This will entitle you to around a 30% discount, and non-British citizens can also apply for a BritXplorer Card for 7/14/28 days.
National Express website:
Traveling by Train
Taking the train is by far the quickest and easiest way of traveling between towns and cities in the UK. It is possible to save a lot of money on the train ticket if you plan your trip and book early. The links below will provide you with more information:
- UK Rail Network:
- First Scot Rail:
- Virgin Trains:
- The Trainline:
- London Midland:
- First Great Western:
Students aged between 16-25 years can apply for a student railcard and get save themselves up to 33% when it is used to purchase tickets during non-rush hour times (after 9:30am). You will need to apply for a full-time railcard if you are over the age of 26. This type of card costs about £26 per year. To apply for one of these you must do so at the railway station. Be sure to take along with you your school offer or student certificate, your passport and a passport size photograph.
For more information, please visit:
- UK Rail Network:
Flying by plane
The price of flying from or domestically in the UK has become very cheap recently due to the increase in low cost airlines. It is now very easy to afford plane tickets to Europe, even for a weekend away. It is best to search for tickets 2 to 3 months in advance because tickets tend to increase in price the closer you get to the departure date. There are also many price comparison sites that have become extremely popular now, allowing you to find the cheapest deals more easily.
You can find more information on these sites below:
The Tube or London Underground
The best way to get around London is to take the London Underground or Tube as is also known. Students studying in London are advised to purchase an Oyster Card as this gives you discounts to travel at all times on the underground. If you are just visiting London then you can buy a one day travel card.
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