ARRIVING AT HEATHROW:
- All four airport terminals
at Heathrow are within easy reach of the extensive London
Underground system. Heathrow is situated on the Piccadilly
Line (one of the main lines of the system) which makes
it very easy to reach central London in about 45 minutes.
Have small change ready to buy either a travel card (Heathrow
is in Zone 6) or a one way/single ticket to your destination
It is not recommended to take a taxi
to central London from Heathrow as its very expensive (£35+). Mini cabs,
private cab drivers, also can be found but be sure to agree upon a price
before getting in the cab, as sometimes mini cabs can rip you off.
London Regional Transport (Airbus) runs
red double decker buses from all four airport terminals into the centre
of London. They leave every 15-20 minutes and take about 40-60 minutes
to get into town depending on the traffic. They cost from £7-10 pounds.
The new service is the the Heathrow Express to Paddington station, it
takes only 30 minutes, in summer when it is full operational it will
take only 15 minutes to central London (amazing!)
ARRIVING AT GATWICK:
Gatwick's north and south terminals
are closely connected to the Gatwick Express train which takes half
an hour to reach Victoria Train Station in central London. The express
leaves roughly every 15 minutes during the day and hourly throughout
the night. A ticket costs approximately £8-9 each way.
The green and gold Flightline 777 bus
leaves Gatwick airport regularly, taking you to Victoria Coach Station
in London, which is about a 15 minute walk from Victoria Train Station.
The bus ride costs approximately £7-8 each way.
The cost of a taxi from Gatwick to
central London is not something to consider-- approximately £40-50
- LONDON UNDERGROUND
- London has one of the best and most
extensive underground/subway systems in the world, and you will soon
encounter it in your travels around London. It runs from approximately
6am to Midnight, and covers vast amounts of London. There are 6 zones.
Heathrow is at the far left of zone
six, and major rail stations are also connected like Victoria, Kings
Cross, Waterloo and Liverpool Street Stations.
At each station there are automatic
machines to buy a ticket, or you can queue in line to purchase a
ticket. You can get one day travel cards for under £4 as well as
weekly and monthly passes, good for the underground and bus systems.
Make sure your ticket covers the zones you intend to travel through,
as they can be strict with their £10 penalty fines.
- DRIVING IN
driver's license is valid for a full year. EC country
passport holders as well as other foreign citizens may
exchange their driver's licence for a British one. The
cost is about £20 and the required forms are available
from any post office. Contact the Driving Vehicle Licensing
Agency (DVLA) at 01792-772-151 for further information.
Alternatively, you must retake the full British licence
test. It costs about £40 and it is advisable to take a
lesson or two from the British School of Motoring at 020
8-540-8262. They will supply you with a car and ensure
that you have a good idea about some of the requirements
of the practical test.
The law is very strict
in the UK regarding driving under the influence of alcohol.
Not only will you be fined heavily, but you may be barred
from driving for some time. Police are constantly on the
lookout for speeding and bad driving.