|Most popular in||June||High demand for flights, 19% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
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|Cheapest price||$305||From New York to London|
$455 - $877
48.2 - 73.4 °F
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The Union Jack, the Queen and lively pubs are among some of the quintessential images that portray the UK. But beyond these clichés is a country with great history and some of the most wonderfully diverse landscapes on the planet. Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland travelers thinking of a trip to the UK could find it hard to choose just one place to visit. The obvious choice might be England and its thriving capital London or the seaside town of Brighton and the picturesque villages of Cornwall. Those in search of a little more adventure or an active vacation should head to Wales where its mountainous terrain and hiking trails will keep even the most jaded adventurer agape.
The cities of Scotland, particularly Edinburgh and Glasgow, are always popular with travelers to the UK. But venture further north to Perthshire and the Grampian hills of Angus to get a taste of the rich Scottish countryside. The counties of Northern Ireland offer visitors traveling to the UK a range of activities including fishing, and rock climbing in County Down or strolling through acres of apple orchards in Armagh.
Flights to the United Kingdom vary considerably depending on a number of factors. These factors include which United States city you are departing from, where in the United Kingdom you are going, and how many layovers the flight has. Multiple stops can add on a lot of time to UK flights, but some of the best United Kingdom flight deals will have more stops than direct flights. So how much time is the average to get to the UK? If you’re flying from New York City to London, for example, this will take around 9h 30m. If you’re flying from New York City to Glasgow, Scotland, this flight will take about 9h 10m.
There are a number of US cities that offer direct flights to various popular cities in the United Kingdom. London is quite possibly one of the most traveled to cities in the United Kingdom, so getting there is a lot easier that a smaller town or region in the UK. At this time, direct flights are offered from major cities in the United States including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. Direct flights are also offered to Edinburgh and Glasgow, both in Scotland.
Depending on where you go in the United Kingdom, the best mode of transportation can vary considerably. If it’s London you are traveling to, you’ll find that getting around is a breeze. One of the most common modes of transportation in London is “The Tube”. This is an underground train like the subways in New York City, that travels quickly and effectively without hitting any of London’s infamous traffic. This underground train runs from 5am to 12am most days, and there are some 24-hour lines offered. Tube stations are located throughout the city and are easy to spot. London also has an Overground train system, a Docklands Light Railway, which is an automated train that operates in certain areas of the city, and Rail Services that connect London to the Suburbs. Other modes of transportation include taxis, which can be expensive, public buses, cable cars, and more. London has excellent public transportation systems and is generally very easy to get around.
What isn’t there to do in the United Kingdom might be a better question. Depending on where you travel to in the region, there are so many things to do that it’s hard to list them all. If you’re heading to London, there is a wide mix of cultural and historical landmarks to see, as well as city must-haves including shopping, dining, pubs, and so much more. From Big Ben to the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey, there’s always something to see in the city. Hyde Park and the London Eye are also must-visit areas. For nightlife Soho is a popular area, while shopping at the famed Harrods department store is a must. If you are traveling out to smaller villages or heading to Scotland, there are endless castles and gardens to see.
In order for a United States citizen to travel to the United Kingdom, they will need a valid US passport. A visa is not required for travel to this region.
The United Kingdom has a generally mild climate. Wales gets most of the rain and Scotland and northern England has the most snow in the winter. The south experiences most of the mild, dry weather and the vast majority of sunny days.
The UK is a year-round destination and travelers are eager to explore the country’s main attractions. Peak summer months are busiest, especially in London, and the major tourist centres. Summer (June to August) temperatures range between 57 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the rainfall varies dramatically every year.
Winter months (December to early March) can be cold (average temperatures about one-two degrees Celsius), but in general, the further north you go, the colder the weather. This is the time to visit for winter sports. Scotland has five main areas for winter sports: Nevis Range, Glencoe, Glenshee, Cairngorm and the Lecht.
Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) can be great times to visit. The tourist season is just gearing up (or gearing down) and the weather can be sunny and warm. May and September, in particular, can enjoy very good weather.
There are domestic flight options for connection between cities around the UK.
Train service network is very extensive, if expensive.
In London, the underground rail is very comprehensive and covers most of the city. Buy an Oyster card at any Tube station to get around more cheaply. Buying a ticket at the station is much more expensive than using the card. There are trams in several cities including Manchester and Sheffield. Croydon has a Tramlink and Blackpool, the resort town in Lancashire, has the UK’s only remaining “traditional” tramway.
There are several bus companies providing a more economical way to get around the UK and offer a very good service. London buses are fast and regular, linking up the capital day and night. There are good bus services in other cities around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Postbus is a nationwide service of more than 200 routes, mostly in remote areas.
Car hire is easy. All the major companies are represented at airports and in cities around the UK.