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Advice On A London Trip?  
User currently offlineConcordeLoss From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 388 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

I will be flying to London late October.

Maybe our fellow UK members could advise on the following:

1. Best airport to fly into? (my destination is Cranfield)
2. Is a car rental a good idea?

I appreciate any help.

Thank you


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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

Last time I went, I flew into LGW. The person I was visiting lived in Luton, which looks somewhat close by to where you are going. I am going again in January, but this time, flying into AMS, then catching Sleezyjet into LTN. A lot better than sitting in traffic on the M25 and M1, when you are trying to catch your return flight home.

As for car rental, I would say its a bad idea. Just walking across the street almost got me in trouble a few times, for looking the wrong way first.



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User currently offlinePropulsion From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1204 times:


Heathrow all the way!!! Gatwick is rather poorly located in my opinion, althouh very useful for those living in much of Sussex and surrounding parts of Surrey.

Car Rental is best avoided. It is useful, but watch out for the multitude of parking restrictions, speed cameras and congestion charge if entering London at all. Which Cranfield are you actually referring to?



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1203 times:

I've driven in the UK several times and once you learn the traffic laws, roundabout etiquette, and road signs, it's easy. Most recently, I drove from Stevenage to Heathrow in about two hours on a Friday morning. The anticlockwise M25 from junction 21 (the M1) to junction 15 (the M4 for Heathrow) wasn't backed up at all.

Mark


User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1204 times:



ConcordeLoss,

You didn't mention where you are flying from? either way I would suggest Heathrow. The Heathrow Express is a straight shot to the city. If you really feel like it you can haul yourself over to Euston and take the train to Lidlington. Rental car? absolutely not, unless you are traveling into the country for a drive. Public transport in the UK is VERY convenient, safe, and affordable.

cheers





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User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Hathrow Airport! Definitely. I was on some bus going between terminals when this 747 flew right over head and scared the life out of me. I looked over to see this huge up close airliner rumbling overhead. Coolest airport experience ever. There are also 747's taking off at a constant rate there.

Renting a car is not the best idea in my opinion. Traffic, especially in central London is nuts (through American eyes); they drive super fast. After going on such a long flight you won't be in any condition with everyone driving on the opposite side of the road as the US. It may just detriment to the experience.

I remember when I first went in a car in England it would freak me out seeing people coming in opposite directions. I felt like driving into a ditch. I'm surprised how well they tolerate us Yanks.

Again, IMO take the London Underground transit system. You may talk to some really interesting people who live there while taking your trip. The London Underground connects directly through the Heathrow Airport.

You'll have so much fun!  Smile


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 1177 times:
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Fly into Heathrow and if you can hack it after a long transatlantic flight, rent a car and drive down the M25 and M1 up to Cranfield, i assume you're going to Cranfield in Bedfordshire? If so, that's the easiest and most convenient option. Depending on what time you arrive, the motorways shouldn't be that busy during late morning/midday time. Avoid the motorways between 4-8 pm though.




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User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

Yeh i dont think you'll get the option to fly into Luton? but Cranfield is not far from Luton.

I live 5-10 mins away from cranfield. drop me an email.

Ryan



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1135 times:

1) There's a bus service from LHR (Central bus station) to Bedford that takes about 2 hours. http://www.nationalexpress.com

2) You could go from LGW on the Thameslink (train) service. http://www.thameslink.co.uk

Both options will cost approx £30 return.

Taking the train means you get to see surburban and central London from the train. If you haven't toured London before it might be quite interesting for you.

The bus from LHR will just zing you round the notorious M25 motorway which isn't particularly interesting.






User currently offlineConcordeLoss From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

Thanks for all the replies.

I am flying out of CLE, and so far the best deals I've come across are
CLE-CLT-LGW with US for $310 or
CLE-BOS-LHr with CO and VS for $450

Which Cranfield are you actually referring to?
I honestly don't know, but its the one that has Cranfield University.

I am gonna be staying there for 5 days.



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

WindowSeat...

Do we use the same public transport???

lmao... I never seem to get the service that you describe.



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User currently offlineConcordeLoss From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1087 times:

Is there a website like mapquest that gives directions in the UK?

[Edited 2004-09-25 03:33:36]


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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1076 times:

http://www.mapquest.co.uk might be a good start.

After the previous thread about the UK, I thought taking the car would have been the recommended solution, especially if you are travelling outside of London.



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User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

What about renting a car outside of London? I have plans of going to the UK in the future, and I think driving might be the best way to go. I would not want to deal with the busy London traffic, but if I get out of London, will it be much easier to drive?

Also, is there a website that gives Americans the basic for how the driving laws and signs work in the UK?

Thanks!!!!



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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

If you are only going to London you don't need a car. But if you aren't going alone, get a cab, or shuttle to your hotel it's alot easier than dragging your bag in the tube.

Once you are at your hotel the tube should be more than enough to get around.

Also bring lots of money, it's pretty expensive there.



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

1) There's a bus service from LHR (Central bus station) to Bedford that takes about 2 hours. http://www.nationalexpress.com

National Express also runs buses into central London from LHR. A decent way for first-time visitors to see some of the city, especially if you sit in the top level.




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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
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If you're going to spend all your time in London, public transportation is the easiest, most convenient way of getting around. If you want to venture out of London, then do hire a car, you'll be able to go places and do things at your own time and own pace.

A good website for driving laws and regulations in the UK:
http://gouk.about.com/cs/trave1/a/driving.htm or:
http://www.britainexpress.com/driving.htm





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