Most places in the UK can be reached by coach. This form of travel is affordable, especially with the use of the international student card or young person's railcard.
www.megabus.com for discounted coaches and rail
The traditional taxicab is the Hackney carriage – more commonly known as the ‘black cab' in London. These cabs are available for hire in most of the large cities.
Most fares are estimated at £2.50 per mile with the minimum of £5.00 per fare. However, there are other journey considerations such as time of the day, distance and whether the journey is during a public holiday or not. Evening and holiday fares are more expensive.
If you take a private cab, it is very important that you make sure that it is licensed from the local government authority. All licensed taxis will show a disc, and will normally be parked at a designated taxi rank. You can also call a taxi company (or this may be arranged by texting ‘cab' to 6083' or ‘home' to 60835 when in London).
Taxis are normally licensed to carry 4 to 5 passengers but people-carrier taxis may carry more people.
Minicabs are private hire vehicles that must be registered by the local government and be covered by insurance to cover passengers. Minicab fares have to be arranged – they cannot pick you up from the road, as you and they will not be covered by insurance then. Also, if the cab does not have an internal meter, it is important to negotiate the fee before you accept the ride. (When in London you can Text ‘cab' to 60835 or ‘home' to 60835 to get private taxi company numbers for your convenience).
It is not advisable to use them as they are illegal and may compromise your safety.
How to hail (call) a taxi
If there is a queue of taxis parked at the rank, it is etiquette that you approach the one at the front of the queue for a ride. If you are standing on the side of the road, and you see a black cab with its yellow light on, you can wave and taxi drivers are very good at spotting you. Do not step out into the traffic.
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Barclays Cycle Hire – ‘Boris Bikes'
Launched during 2010 and fondly known as ‘Boris Bikes' named after the Mayor of London, the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme allows the public to hire 1 or more bicycles at varying charges from hundreds of ‘docking stations' all over London. The service is available 24 hours per day; 365 days per year and for regular use you can become a member. It is important to clearly understand how to locate, pay for, use, care and return the bikes and it is advised to visit www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/14808.aspx for full details and information before use.