Public Transport

There are a few various options of public transport in the United Kingdom

Although many people in the UK choose to drive to work, there are others who make use of the excellent public transport services that are available in the UK.

Londoners have the longest average commute in the country, according to a new study, which found it stands at 74 minutes a day.

The London commuter belt is the metropolitan area surrounding London, England, from which it is practical to commute to work in the capital. The boundaries are not fixed; they expand as transport options improve and affordable housing moves further away from London

We did a poll on our Facebook group asking the members how they travel to work. Below are the results:

RankForm of transportPercentage
2Train or tube16%
5Work from home6%
Last updated 21 June 2021


Driving to work is the most popular option, and there are both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of driving

  • Your personal space remains personal
  • You’re not faced with as many time constraints
  • It’s often quicker
  • It’s more comfortable
  • You have a more scenic route

Disadvantages of driving

  • Cost wise it could work out more expensive if you are having to drive a fair distance. There are also other costs that you may have to consider such as parking which can sometimes work out expensive.
  • Wear and tear of your car can become more costly if you are using your car on a regular basis to travel long distances to work.
  • You may have to sometimes spend time trying to find parking.
  • It Increases Pollution Levels
  • You Can Get Caught in Traffic

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Travelling by train or Underground

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English railway transport is largely based on services originating from one of London’s rail termini operating in all directions on tracks

The rail network in Great Britain is the oldest such network in the world. The system consists of five high-speed main lines (the West Coast, East Coast, Midland, Great Western and Great Eastern), which radiate from London to the rest of the country, augmented by regional rail lines and dense commuter networks within the major cities. 

A passenger railway going inside an urban area was called the Metropolitan railway, in modern English.

The first metro was opened in London and later most of it was soon built underground (under the city), so it was then called The Underground, even to this day.

Three cities in the United Kingdom have rapid transit systems. The most well known is the London Underground (commonly known as the Tube)


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Ticket savings

Money saving tips on train travel including cheap Advance tickets, Railcards. They’re available on many British rail routes

This guide has 17 ways to save on fares, including how to split tickets, beat booking fees, find hidden promotions, get the most out of railcards and more.

Travelling by bus

Big ben and bus

Buses play a major role in the public transport of the United Kingdom, as well as seeing extensive private use.

The local bus is the most likely form of public transport you’ll come across in the UK, and the quality, cost, and efficiency of bus travel can vary across the country.

Travelling by coach

The United Kingdom has a number of intercity coach services. Coach services generally travel further than, and do not stop as frequently as bus services.



Cycling is also a very popular form of commute in the United Kingdom, which is not only a huge money saving but is also a healthier option to commute to work.

Major cities near London

  • 29 miles to Camberley, United Kingdom
  • 38 miles to Reading, United Kingdom
  • 46 miles to Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 69 miles to Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 88 miles to Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 90 miles to Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 102 miles to Birmingham, United Kingdom

Transport to schools and colleges

Information about transport to schools and colleges in the United Kingdom.

Free school transport

Your children may be able to get free transport to school depending on how far the walk is, any special needs they have and whether the walk is safe.

All children between 5 and 16 qualify for free school transport if they go to their nearest suitable school and live at least:

  • 2 miles from the school if they’re under 8
  • 3 miles from the school if they’re 8 or older