Trains and coaches
Most long distance public transport in the UK is by coach or train. Most UK airports have train and coach connections to nearby towns, where more connections can be made. In general, coach travel is cheaper than train travel but can take longer. Many train services offer 'economy', 'business' and 'first' class seating. Business and first class are far more expensive than 'economy', which most people find perfectly comfortable. It is advisable to book a seat in advance.
Local bus services
Local bus services generally cover shorter distances than coach services and are cheaper. In London, bus services are the cheapest form of public transport, but usually take longer than the Underground. Many local bus services do not have much luggage space, although services from airports and train stations may have more.
The London Underground
Many people use the Underground, or 'Tube' to get around London. There is a Tube station at Heathrow airport, but not at any other airports near London. The Tube is a network of electric train lines, mainly below street level, that covers many areas of London. At Tube stations you will see the famous London Underground map. This details the different Tube lines in different colours, and shows at which stations you can transfer from one line to another. If you are planning to use the Tube, remember that you may have to change trains to get to your destination.
'Public hire' taxis or 'cabs' are taxis that are licensed to pick up passengers without a prior booking. In London, these are the familiar black cabs. If you need a cab you can signal to any that are passing and ask them to stop (if the 'taxi' light on the roof is not lit, they will not stop because they already have a passenger). Although very convenient, public hire taxis can be extremely expensive, especially in London.
'Private hire' taxis, or 'minicabs' are car services that must usually be booked by prior arrangement (usually by phoning an office), and in some areas will collect from designated points (e.g. train station taxi rank). The cars often do not have a 'taxi' sign, although many will have a company name on their windscreen. Generally they are cheaper than public hire taxis, although not as convenient. The rules for minicab drivers vary from town to town, but generally the driver will have an identity card on display in their car. It is best to agree the price with the company when you phone or with the driver before starting the journey. Do not use minicabs which have not been booked, whenever using a taxi, always make sure to check the licence card on the back of the numberplate.
Transport links and information
Directory of public transport companies with links and phone numbers.
Tel: +44 (0) 871 200 22 33 (from outside UK)
Tel: 0871 200 22 33 (from inside UK)
Llines usually open 8am to 8pm. Information on transport services throughout the UK. The website includes a travel planner facility.
National Rail Enquiries
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7278 5240 (from outside UK)
Tel: 08457 484950 (from within UK)
Information on all UK rail services and airport express train services.
Tel: 0845 600 1515
Information about travel from Heathrow airport.
Tel: 0845 850 1530
Information about travel from Gatwick airport.
Tel: 0845 8500 150
Information about travel from Stansted airport.
Tel: 08456 005165
This train line is local to the High Wycombe campus and trains stop in our local station.
National Express coach services
Tel: +44 (0) 870 580 8080 (from outside the UK)
Tel: 08705 80 80 80 (from inside the UK)
Transport for London
Covers bus, tube, train and other services in London.
Tel: 020 7222 1234 (24 hours) from inside the UK
The British Airport Authority
Information about Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.
Easily compare and combine all modes of transportation in the UK and overseas.