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Getting to England

By road

From outside Great Britain

Since England is on an island, it is not possible to drive directly into England from outside Great Britain. Motorists have two choices to enter England from outside Great Britain, by various car ferry routes, or the Channel Tunnel.

Car ferries

  • From mainland Europe . - there are a wide variety of routes and operators from various countries. Ferry routes to British Mainland
  • From the Channel Islands . Services connect Jersey and Guernsey with the south of England.
  • From the Isle of Man. Services connect Douglas,Isle of Man the north west of England
  • From Ireland. There are only limited car ferry services connecting Ireland directly with England. Alternatively it is possible to take a ferry from Ireland to Scotland and then continue the journey by road to England.

Channel Tunnel

  • From France . Eurotunnel run a frequent train service from Calais, France, to Folkestone which carries vehicles and their passengers.

From elsewhere in Great Britain

A number of roads cross England's borders with its British neighbours. These roads range from the simple country lanes to motorways. There are no border controls with Scotland or Wales; indeed, on smaller roads the border may not be noticed at all.

There are no tolls to cross into England; however, motorists need to be aware that crossing from England into Wales via the M4 and M48 Severn Bridges will need to pay a toll. Also, there is a M6 toll road to bypass the congestion of Birmingham (England's second largest city) on the main M6 motorway.

The most important road connections into and out of England are.

  • A1 from Edinburgh to Eastern Scotland
  • M4 from South Wales
  • M74/A74/M6 from Western Scotland
  • A55 from North Wales.

By plane

England has numerous airports:

London and the South East

  • London Gatwick
  • Heathrow Airport - Largest airport in UK, and third busiest in the world.
  • London Stansted
  • London Luton
  • London City

The South

  • Southampton
  • Bournemouth

The South West

  • Bristol
  • Exeter
  • Newquay
  • Plymouth

East Anglia

  • Norwich

The Midlands

  • Birmingham International
  • East Midlands
  • Coventry Airport

The North

  • Manchester International largest UK airport outside London
  • Liverpool John Lennon
  • Newcastle International
  • Leeds-Bradford
  • Doncaster-Sheffield
  • Humberside International
  • Durham Tees Valley
  • Blackpool

By train

Eurostar links mainland Europe to England. Trains run from Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium crossing into England via the Channel Tunnel before continuing to St. Pancras Station in London. Occasional services run from other destinations in France. Book as early as possible as fares can be considerably more expensive if trying to book at the last minute.

From Wales and Scotland regular services cross the borders into England.

BritRail Passes are also available to non-UK citizens which allow the traveller unlimited rail travel in England on one ticket.BritRail Passes

Source: Wikitravel.org