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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm beds: £15–30
  • Cheap meals in cafes and pubs: £7–11
  • Long-distance coach: £15–40 (200 miles)
  • Double room in a midrange hotel or B&B: £65–130 (London £100–200)
  • Main course in a midrange restaurant: £10–20
  • Long-distance train: £20–80 (200 miles)
Top end (more than)
  • Four-star hotel room: from £130 (London from £200)
  • Three-course meal in a good restaurant: around £40
  • Car rental per day: from £35


Generally not needed for stays of up to six months. Not a member of the Schengen Zone.

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Getting to England

Most overseas visitors reach England by air. As London is a global transport hub, it's easy to fly to England from just about anywhere. The massive growth of budget ('no-frills') airlines has increased the number of routes – and reduced the fares – between England and other countries in Europe.

The other main option for travel between England and mainland Europe is ferry, either port-to-port or combined with a long-distance bus trip, although journeys can be long and financial savings not huge compared with budget airfares.

International trains are much more comfortable and a 'green' option, too; the Channel Tunnel allows direct rail services between England, France and Belgium, with onward connections to many other European destinations.

Flights, cars and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around England

Transport in England can be expensive compared to Continental Europe; bus and rail services are sparse in the more remote parts of the country. For timetables, check out www.traveline.info.

Car Useful for travelling at your own pace, or for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Cars can be hired in every town or city.

Train Relatively expensive, with extensive coverage and frequent departures throughout most of the country.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains, but useful for more remote regions that aren’t serviced by rail.

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