Weekend travel to Amsterdam, Stonehenge and Bath, and Horse riding in Wales. If you are an Anglo students you are entitled to £10.00 discount on weekend trip bookings when using the code ANGLO10. Find out more here.
Nowadays, with the introduction of budget airlines you will find that there are a numbers of good deals to be had. However, these deals are often on carriers such as Ryanair, and EasyJet. Whilst these airlines are excellent value for money you do need to remember that they fly out of less central airports, and are often at quite inconvenient hours of the morning or night. If they are delayed, unlike carriers such as British Airways you could find yourself having to foot the cost of a taxi or overnight accommodation. Don’t forget, if you miss the flight, arrive at the airport late, or want to change your ticket they are not flexible, and in some cases you might be required to purchase a new ticket. Something to bear in mind is that British Airways recently slashed all their prices to try and compete with the budget airlines on short-haul flights, so you might want to check on their website as well. Sometimes you will find that there is very little difference between the price, and for £10.00 or so more you will have the convenience of more flexible flight times, and better airports. Remember, getting out to Luton or Stansted costs an awful lot more than to Gatwick or Heathrow!
US students can take advantage of passes such as the BritRail pass which allows unlimited travel on trains around the UK over a certain period of time. If you are looking to use the train sporadically then see our transport page for further information. For European train travel there are passes such as Eurail.
Train travel in the UK can be quite expensive if you do not take care to book in advance. As we mentioned above, there can often be organised track work at the weekends, so always check before you travel. These tend to be more prolific over bank holiday weekends and public holidays such as Christmas and Easter. If you are planning to do a lot of travelling by train and are here for a semester you might want to consider investing in a Young Persons Rail Card. This is available to all those 25 and under, and offers 1/3 off train travel in the UK. It can only be used after 10.00am on weekdays, but at the weekend there are no time restrictions. You can purchase Young Persons Rail Cards at all National Rail stations.
When buying any train ticket you should mention that you have a travelcard. If you have a travelcard valid in zones one and two for example, and are going to Oxford, if you tell them at the ticket office they will not charge you for the portion of your journey that is in these zones. It is only a small saving, but as all students know, every little helps!
There are passes available for unlimited travel around the UK and Europe using National Express coach services. See the links page for further information. You can also look at budget coach services such as MegaBus who are the EasyJet of the coach world. Some of their fares are as little as 1p plus tax which is excellent value. Don’t forget though, that coach travel can be slow, and sometimes not overly comfortable.
Easy Bus offer a cheap transfer service from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted to Central London. The further you book in advance, the cheaper it is. In some instances fares can be found for as little as £2.00 one way.