How to get around England

England is small and compact with good transport networks with the rest of Europe and beyond. Driving is a convenient way to get around and gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace, but there are plenty of options if you don't have 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.

Taking the train around England

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 may be limited in more remote areas of the country, so make sure you do your research before your trip.

You can usually get cheaper fares if you travel during off-peak periods. If you're doing a bigger trip, you may also benefit from buying a BritRail card.

Check out timetables and prices with the National Rail.

Taking the bus around England

The coach is a great option to travel between major cities. Popular companies include National Express, Stagecoach and easyBus. There are daily services all over England with the option of luxury or reclined seating, USB charging ports and toilets.

Buses are the go for travel within smaller towns and villages, particularly in more remote areas. The bus also tends to be cheaper than the train, though they are a bit slower so make sure you factor this in.

Cycling around England

Exploring England on two wheels is a great way to see the country, even if it’s just for a day or so. Cities like London, Manchester and Oxford have tap and go bike rental stations and designated cycling paths. Or head to the gorgeous Lake District, Kielder Forest or Dartmoor National Park to immerse yourself in nature.

What's 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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