Even for people who live in the UK full time, getting around to see different places can be a little tricky and confusing. There are several options, but none of them are guaranteed to be cheap unless you do your research and know who to listen to. Here are our top three tips to help you plan a trip around the UK.
Don’t write off taxi transfers
A lot of people will do their best to avoid taxi services because they may have had a bad experience in the past or been advised not to use them on the grounds that they can overcharge.
However, many taxi companies are completely reasonable with their charges, and if you need to make a quick and/or unusual journey that can’t be covered by public transport, taxis will often be a cheap and efficient option. It is worth remembering that busy cities (especially in the capital) will be a lot more expensive. If you are travelling from London to Bath for example, a Bath taxi company may be a more affordable option for airport transfers to and from your destination.
Save money by pre-booking
In most cases you will get better prices if you book your travel in advance. A lot of less busy train journeys in the UK will cost the same whenever you book them, but things like travelling to London by train will tend to go up in price as you get closer to the date. If you are travelling by plane at all, then of course you have to book tickets earlier including any airport transfers, buses, parking or other transportation you will need.
Consider the value of time
For travelling between cities in the UK, you will most likely be weighing up the bus versus the train. Often the train will be the more expensive option, but consider the fact that you will get to your destination significantly faster on most occasions too. Sometimes it’s worth paying a little more for your ticket if you can spend a few extra hours in the city of your choice instead of sitting on a bus.