Quicklinks: Plane, Car, Train , Bus
Please note: All this information is for people travelling to London from abroad. If you want to get to London from within the UK, you might want to check the "Out of London" section of the website, but think in reverse...
There are different ways to get to London. If you're living in Europe you have various options. if you live overseas, you basically have to catch a flight.
Going to London by car is a good option if the distance is short and you're travelling with more than two people. Biggest obstacle is, of course, the channel, which you have to cross. There are two options: you can either take a ferry (approx 40 Euro one way) or you can take the train through the channel tunnel (approx 75 Euro one way). The train's a lot faster, but as you've noticed, it's also a lot more expensive.
To plan your journey, just go to maps.google.com.
IF you decide to go by car, you have to be aware of some problems. First of all, you have to drive on the left side of the road. Sure, this is totally weird, but that's how the English like it. What can you do. Then, taking the car into London is difficult. Not only because of the traffic. First, you will need to pay a Congestion Charge that will allow you to actually drive through the city center. Secondly, you've gotta park your car somewhere and that's not easy. If your hotel doesn't offer parking spaces you're in trouble. Finally, keep in mind, that gas is expensive in Britain.
Of course you can also get to London by train. Most connections from Europe will take you to Paris or Brussels from where the Eurostar is departing to London. You can also check your national rail's website for special offers or get an interrail pass.
of flying, no drivers license plus you hate trains? Don't worry, here's
a plan for you: Go by bus. There are basically two options. Many bus companies
offer weekend (or even longer) trips to London. Usually these trips aren't
very expensive and as a bonus, you don't have to worry about accommodation.
As a second option Eurolines
has bus routes all over Europe, including the UK.