Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"The Best Way to get to London"

Lots of people, both those from Britain and foreign tourists, will want to get to London at some point. Whether it's for work, for a fun weekend away or to see all the sights, London is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in the country for all sorts of reasons. Whether you need to get to London for an important business meeting or simply to go marvel at Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, what mode of transport should you consider taking?

 One of the first modes of transport to spring to mind is the train. The good news is that all of the major cities in England have direct train routes to London. This makes it extremely easy to get in and out of the capital, and this is often one of the fastest ways to get into the city. However, the drawback is that trains in the UK can be very expensive, and if you're coming from a smaller town you might find that you need to make several changes. The trains can sometimes be a little unreliable too, which might make you late.

Another option is to hire a coach if there is a group of you looking to go to London. Once the cost of hire has been split between everyone, it works out as one of the cheapest ways to travel. Plus, it means you can be dropped off exactly where you need to go, and the coach can often wait for your group to leave its destination so that you can take it to the next spot without having to spend a long time hunting it down again once you've left. This also means you're guaranteed a seat even at peak times, whereas on a busy train this might not be the case.

If you're driving, be aware that there is a congestion charge if you drive into central London. This means that driving is better if you are heading somewhere outside the centre so you can avoid this charge, though the congestion charge doesn't apply at weekends. Also, parking in London can be expensive and isn't always easy to come by, so be aware that it might take you a while to find somewhere to park in the most popular spots. Traffic can also be a nightmare on the central roads and the routes in and out of the city, so if possible, try to travel outside of peak hours.

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