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London Heathrow International Airport(LHR)

Located 24km or 15 miles west of central London. Airport information: telephone: (0870) 000 0123

Web site:www.baa.com/main/airports/heathrow The principal national airline is British Airways (BA) (telephone: (0870) 850 4850)

London Gatwick (LGW) Airport

Located 46km or 28 miles south of central London. Airport information: telephone: (0870) 000 2468; web site: www.baa.com/main/airports/gatwick.

London City Airport (LCY)

Located 10km or 6 miles east of the City of London. Airport information: telephone: (020) 7646 0088; web site: www.londoncityairport.com.

Stansted (STN) Airport

Located 48km or 30 miles northeast of central London. Airport information: telephone: (08700) 000 303;

Luton (LTN)

Located 51km or 32 miles northwest of London. Airport information: telephone: (01582) 405 100; web site: www.london-luton.com.

Birmingham (BHX) Airport

Located 13km or 8 miles southeast of the city centre. Airport information: telephone: (0870) 733 5511; web site: www.bhx.co.uk.

Manchester (MAN) Airport

Located 16km or 10 miles southwest of the city centre. Airport information: telephone: (0161) 489 3000; web site: www.manchesterairport.co.uk.

Newcastle (NCL) Airport

Located 8km or 5 miles northwest of the city centre. Airport information: telephone: (0191) 286 0966; web site: www.newcastleairport.com.


There are many ports offering ferry connections between the UK and mainland Europe, Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles and the Isle of Man.

UK ferry operators:

Brittany Ferries (telephone: (08703) 665 333)
Caledonian Macbrayne (telephone: (01475) 650 100)
Condor Ferries (telephone: (0845) 345 2000)
DFDS Seaways (telephone: (08705) 333 000)
Fjord Line (telephone: (0191) 296 1313)
Hoverspeed (telephone: (0870) 240 8070)
Irish Ferries (telephone: (08705) 171 717)
Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (telephone: (01624) 661 661)
Isles of Scilly Travel (telephone: (08457) 105 555)
Norse Irish Ferries (telephone: (0151) 944 1010)
P&O European Ferries (telephone: (0870) 242 4999)
P&O Ferries (telephone: (08705) 202 020)
P&O North Sea Ferries (telephone: (08701) 296 002)
P&O Scottish Ferries
Red Funnel (telephone: (0870) 444 8898)
Stena Line (telephone: (08705) 707 070)
Swansea–Cork Ferries (telephone: (01792) 456 116)
Wightlink (telephone: (08705) 827 744).


Trains connecting ferries at Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Weymouth, sailing for Belgium, France, Germany and Spain (board at Victoria Station in London); and at Harwich, sailing for Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavia (board at Liverpool Street). See also the Channel Tunnel and Eurostar sections below.

Eurotunnel or the Channel Tunnel

All road vehicles are carried through the tunnel in Eurotunnel shuttles running between the two terminals, one near Folkestone in Kent, with road access from the M20, and one just outside Calais, with links to the A16/A26 motorway (Exit 13).

Each shuttle is made up of 12 single- and 12 double-deck carriages, and vehicles are directed to single-deck or double-deck carriages depending on their height. There are facilities for cars and motorcycles, coaches, minibuses, caravans, campervans and other vehicles over 1.85m (6.07ft).

The journey takes about 35 minutes from platform to platform and about 1 hour from motorway to motorway. Services run every day of the year, and there are between two and five an hour, depending on the time of day. There is a reservation system and a turn-up-and-go service. Motorists pass through customs and immigration before they board the shuttle without more checks on arrival. Fares vary according to length of stay, time of day and time of year and whether you have a reservation or not. The price applies to the car, regardless of the number of passengers or size of the car. The fare can be paid in cash, by cheque or by credit card. There are savings when booking online. For further information, contact Eurotunnel Customer Services UK (telephone: (08705) 353 535; fax: (01303) 288 786; email: callcentre@eurotunnel.com).

The Eurostar

The Eurostar train runs through the Channel Tunnel between London and Brussels, Lille or Paris.

Eurostar is a service provided by the railways of Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, operating direct high-speed trains from London (Waterloo International) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and to Brussels (Midi/Zuid). It currently takes 2 hours 35 minutes from London to Paris and 2 hours 20 minutes from London to Brussels. Trains depart up to 18 times a day from Waterloo to Paris, and up to 9 times a day from Waterloo to Brussels.

The Eurostar trains have standard-class and first-class seating, buffet and bar, and are staffed by multi-lingual, highly trained personnel. Pricing is competitive with the airlines, and there is a range of different tickets and prices. Children aged between 4 and 11 years benefit from a special fare in all classes. Children under 4 years old travel free but cannot be guaranteed a seat. Wheelchair users and blind passengers together with one companion get a special fare.

For more information and reservations, contact Eurostar (telephone: (0870) 6000 792 (travel agents) or (08705) 186 186 (public; within the UK) or (1233) 617 575 (public; outside the UK only) or Rail Europe (telephone: (08705) 848 848).

Useful travel links
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