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Travel
The UK is truly a hub of the global community with many air, sea, road and rail links connecting it to every country in the world. Flights from all the major cities in the world arrive at one or more UK airports every day. A local airport serves most major UK cities so its easy to make connections to destinations anywhere in the country.

Thanks to the Channel Tunnel, Paris and Brussels can be reached by train. And all the major towns and cities in the UK are linked by a wide-ranging system of motorways, allowing easy travel by car, motorbike or coach to all parts of the country.

 
Air Travel
 

The major airport near London: is Heathrow.

Links to continental European cities are particularly good. Flights from the UK to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome and many other European destinations are numerous and frequent.

Many budget fares are available on these routes and a number of UK travel agencies specialise in budget travel for students. In addition to the large, internationally familiar airlines, services are also offered by smaller airlines that specialise in short flights within Europe, and these sometimes offer the lowest fares.

You can often find lower fares if you are willing to travel from one of the smaller UK airports.
 
Rail and Coach Travel
 
Cities in the UK are connected by a fast and efficient railway network and by frequent coach services. Various travel passes are available, providing unlimited travel over specified periods and distances. This approach can make it easy to get around and see everything you want to. For details, contact a travel agent, a major rail station.

Many UK travel organisations offer special discounted fares for students. If you buy a Young Person's Railcard or a Student Coach Card, for example, you will get reduced fares on most journeys. For details, ask at your Students- Union office or any main railway or coach station, or try one of the specialist student travel agencies, which can be found near many campuses.
 
Road Travel
 
An extensive motorway network links all major towns and cities. If you want to drive a car or motorcycle in the UK, you must have a valid licence and you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old to drive a moped). For further details about the licensing requirements, contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Be aware that distances in the UK are given in miles. To convert to kilometers, divide by five and then multiply by eight. For example, 50 miles is approximately 80 kilometers.
 
Europe
 
The UK is the perfect starting point for visiting the rest of Europe. From here, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to get to other European countries, whether by plane, by ferry or by train through the Channel Tunnel, and city-to-city journeys are generally quick.

There are many discount airfares for students and your Students Union should be able to tell you about other special student fares. For example, one popular way of travelling around Europe is with an InterRail card, which entitles you to one months travel in 28 countries for a fixed price. Ask a travel agent for details of inexpensive package tours.
 

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