Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 18 Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1053 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.
Propulsion From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1048 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?
A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1047 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.
WindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1309 posts, RR: 58 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1048 times:
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.
I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
TheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1043 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.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
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.
KYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 907 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?
"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 900 times:
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.