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Public Transport in the UK

  • July 22, 2019

When you arrive in the UK, it is important you know how you are getting from the airport to either your hospital accommodation or booked temporary accommodation. The UK has various methods of public transportation available to provide you with a variety of ways of getting around, at different budgets.

You should note that the UK has one of the best public transportation systems in the entire world, with access to even the most remote areas.


The UK has a comprehensive railway system that allows you to reach almost every smaller or bigger town by train. Did you know that the UK has one of the oldest railway systems in the entire world?

The price of your train ticket is usually determined by the distance and time of your journey. However, you can often secure a cheaper price if you book your ticket in advance. If you will be a frequent train traveller, you should look at obtaining a National Railcard or a Regional Railcard, which may save you a lot of money.

Most people prefer to travel long-distance by train because it is a very relaxed and fast trains often allow you to travel faster than if you were to travel by car. For example, it only takes 25 minutes to get from Central London to Heathrow Airport, whereas a car can take over an hour.

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Travelling by Coach and Bus

If you would prefer to explore the country on a budget, you could opt to travel by coach. There are various different companies from National Express, MegaBus to EasyBus. If you book your coach ticket in advance you can get very cheap prices. For example, Cardiff to London (3 hours 30-minute journey) can cost as little as £5 each way.

It is important to buy your ticket in advance as they cannot be purchased directly when boarding.

You can also easily get around cities and towns by buses, such as the double-deckers found in London. You should note that the local bus networks are run by different companies and so, you will need to contact them individually for ticket prices and time tables. Unlike coach tickets, you can buy your bus ticket directly from your driver or local travel centre. Search your smartphone app finder for a local bus network app which may provide you with cheaper tickets if you buy in advance.


If you are travelling with a lot of luggage or want to get from A to B quickly, you may not want to bother with public transport and opt for taking a taxi or an Uber. Please note, taxis are not available everywhere in the UK, however, they will be in nearly all towns and cities.

If you are unsure of where to find a taxi, visit your local train station as they usually queue outside waiting for passengers needing a taxi.

Alternatively, you could download Uber. Uber is a convenient, inexpensive taxi service. You hire a private driver to pick you up and take you to your destination and with the tap of a button on any smartphone device. On the app, you can watch your driver drive towards you and in a city, they will be with you in a matter of minutes. There are similar apps available including mytaxi and Ola Cabs.

Pre Ordered Mini Cabs

An alternative to taxis in the UK, is to order a mini cab in advance. As it is booked at an earlier date, there should be a pre-agreed price set and the mini cab will collect you at an agreed time.


Ferries are a perfect opportunity to explore the remote isles of the UK. Ferry connections can be used to get to the Scottish Highlands, Belfast and international cities such as Amsterdam, Calais and Santander.

Domestic Flights

If you need to travel from one side of the UK to the other, for example, from London to Edinburgh, you might want to consider getting a domestic flight. Domestic flights can often be cheaper than the train and will get you there in an hour.

UK’s domestic flights can be taken on many different airlines from British Airways, easyJet and Flybe.

Relocation to the UK

If you are an international doctor who needs support relocating to the UK and joining the NHS, email your CV to [email protected] and we will be happy to support you in securing an NHS post and on your relocation journey.

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References (2019). Public Transport in the UK. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Jul. 2019].


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