All International airports have car hire desks but prices are always best if booked in advance. You will need your passport, full driving license and a credit card to book, check companies below for age stipulations and if you have points on your license whether or not you will be able to hire a car. If travelling as a family car hire would be a better way to travel around Britain. I have found when travelling abroad that an automatic is easier just one less thing to have to concentrate on.
Some of the major rental companies in the UK are: Enterprise, Avis, Hertz and Easyrentacar
Road traffic can be very busy in the UK, on major motorways and around large cities, especially during the rush hour periods between 7.30am and 9am in the mornings and again in the evenings between 5pm and 6.30pm. If you need to travel at these times it is useful to check the road traffic reports on local radio or if you have internet access you can use a road travel reporting website, such as The AA, which provide free up-to-date road traffic information. Such sites update their data every 5 minutes or so, using sensors placed on motorways and common A and B roads.
For further information on driving in the UK, visit our information page.
Best deals can be found by calling individual train stations direct, usually 3 months before the date you wish to travel.
For general enquiries see: National Rail
The best value for money is off peak travel rover tickets, you can buy a 1 day or up to 8 day rail travel pass. Select the region you want to travel in to find your local Train Operator then click on the link below to find prices. Your rover ticket is only valid in the region that the train company operates, there are excepts, read train companies summary on their web site to find full details.
Information about rover tickets see National Rail Rover Tickets
For details of travelling around London see: Transport for London
Coaches can be found at most international airports and will take you to the closest major city which tends to be London Victoria Bus Station, where you can get a connection to which ever place you are looking to travel to. You can buy rover tickets which are valid for travel within the regional county area of the bus company. Oyster cards for London are best if you are intending on stay in London for a while, otherwise a travel card would be better.
The main national UK coach company is: National Express
The following domestic airports provide internal flights throughout the UK:
Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Doncaster, Durham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool, London City, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay, Norwich, Prestwick, Southampton, Southend and Stansted.