England is a small and compact country with good transport networks with the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. Driving is a convenient way to get around and gives you more freedom to explore, but it can be expensive to rent a car rental and buy fuel.
If you don’t drive, it’s easy to travel around without a car. Major towns and cities are well connected with public transport. Just be mindful that buses and trains can be limited in more remote areas of the country. With a bit of planning, you'll be good to go.
Hiring a car or buying petrol isn’t cheap, and it’s not as eco-friendly as taking a bus or train. However, self-driving is handy to travel at your own pace or in areas where public transport is scarce. You can hire a car at airports and most major towns and cities. The cost of renting a car in England starts at around £20-30 per day but the price may go down for longer rentals.
The train is a comfortable and convenient way to get around with extensive rail networks across the country. You’ll beat traffic jams and generally be able to get from A to B faster than by bus. Train services might not operate in certain destinations, so make sure you do some research before your trip. You can check out timetables and prices with the National Rail.
Trains are more expensive than buses and coaches, but you can get cheaper fares if you travel during off-peak periods. You might also benefit from a BritRail card if you’re on a bigger trip. Try to book your tickets in advance as you may benefit from early bird rates.
Buses operate in cities, towns and most villages which is great if you're travelling in more remote places. It’s also a cheaper option than the train, though they are a bit slower so make sure you factor this in.
If you’re travelling greater distances, you can take an overnight or day coach to your destination with companies such as National Express, Stagecoach and easyBus. They operate across England and you'll have the luxury of reclined seating, USB charging ports and toilets. If you’re travelling to various destinations in England and the UK, you could see whether a hop-on-hop-off ticket is available to save money.
Exploring England on two wheels is a great way to see the country, even if it’s just for a day or so. Places such as London, Manchester and Oxford have excellent cycling routes, not to mention the gorgeous Lake District and Peak District, Kielder Forest and Dartmoor National Park. Most tourist hubs have bike rental services. If you're in a city, you can use tap 'n go rental stations.
What is the cheapest way to get around England?
The cheapest way to get around England is by coach or bus. The second cheapest option is the train. Here are some tips to save on travel in England:
Avoid travelling during peak season (July to August)
Book tickets in advance
Look out for travel pass deals if you’re travelling to several destinations
Travel at off-peak times and be as flexible as possible with travel times
See as much as you can by walking or cycling
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