Facts for the Visitor

Britain: England and Wales and Scotland.
United Kingdom: England and Wales and Scotland and Northern Ireland.

US citizen: No visa required, visitors permitted to stay 6 months.
Japanese citizen: No visa required, visitors permitted to stay 6 months.

Cash Machines
Available everywhere. Most are on the Plus network. The usual maximum withdrawal is £400 in England and £250 in Scotland.

US$ 1 = 0.6662 English/Scottish Pounds (£) on June 20, 2000.

240V, 50Hz. Plugs have 3 rectangular pins.

International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.

Luggage Storage in London
A company called "Left Luggage" will keep your luggage for a £4 per piece per 24 hour charge. There is a Left Luggage in Charing Cross and King's Cross train stations.

Telephone Cards
Buy a BT Telephone card (£5 or £10) at any train station kiosk or mini-mart. Card phones can be found in most small towns. They're the easiest way to make reservations while driving through Britain.

London Tube (Subway) and Train Tickets
The London rail system is divided into zones 1-6. Zone 1 is city center, and higher numbered zones lie further from the center. Buy a Day Pass instead of a Single (one-way) or Return (two-way) ticket. The Day Pass is valid for unlimited travel until 03:00 within the zones that you select when purchasing the Day Pass, except during weekday mornings until 09:30 (rush hour). The difference in cost between the Day Pass and a Single ticket is less than £1, and therefore the best travel option. This recommendation includes train transport from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to the city.

Getting Around Britain
Trains in Britain are expensive and less regular that on the European continent. Renting a car is the cheapest and most convenient option. Buy a British Road Atlas and a good Bed & Breakfast guide at any bookstore (like W H Smith). We really liked the British Bed and Breakfast guide by Alistair Sawday. The cheapest way for North Americans to rent a car in Europe is through See our France - Facts for the Visitor page for AutoEurope details.

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