England — Transportation
England Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis and minicabs are extremely common in England, and one of the best ways to get around towns and cities. Every taxi (public rental vehicle) and minicab (private rental vehicle) operates via a meter, and while they tend to be more expensive than public transport, they are often a more convenient way to travel, particularly in groups. Although London is famous for its ‘black cabs’, which can be flagged down on the street, minicabs are more common outside of the capital. Minicab firm minicabsinlondon.com (+44-20-8900-5555) operates throughout London and to and from the airports. Due to England’s comprehensive road network, one of the most economical ways to explore the country is with a rental car. Most major car rental companies operate in all of the major cities, although you may be able to find a better deal with a local rental firm. However, while car rental is affordable, fuel expenses in England are notoriously high.
England Trains and Buses
Inner-city buses are the most common and inexpensive way to travel to England’s major destinations. Most routes are operated by Stagecoah and, depending on the area, run regularly day and night. In the capital, the London Underground (or the “tube” to locals) was the first metro subway system in the world and is still the most efficient way to get around. Just look for the iconic red circle with the blue line through it to identify stations. The other metro system in the country is the Tyne & Wear Metro, which runs between Newcastle and Sunderland. Inter-city bus/coach services with the likes of National Express are reasonably priced when compared to traveling via train, especially if the trip is only a couple of hours in length. However, for long distances, the country’s impressive rail network is recommended. Tickets tend to be expensive when bought the day of, so if your agenda is prearranged, it is a good idea to book tickets in advance online.