Getting to your placement location

Hand writing travel plan in a lined spiral notepad arranged on a map

You got that placement offer! Finally. Well, congratulations you deserve it! You might be lucky enough not to have to relocate, but the majority of people would have to move to another city, county or even a whole new country. With that come along loads of things that need to be considered and one of them is how to actually get to this new place.

There are a few types of transport you can use to get to your new placement home – car, bus, train, plane, walking (we do not recommend the last one, unless you are feeling adventurous and have a month or two to spare as it would take way longer). Depending on where you are coming from different transport would be more suitable for you.
For example if you are within the UK, you can actually use all of the above mentioned types, however if you are coming from abroad, I am afraid your only option would most probably be a plane. Not to mention that some of you might have to take another type of transportation after that as well.

Planes

The cheapest airlines to and within the UK are usually – RyanAir, Wizzair or EasyJet. If you could spare a bit more on travel costs you can go for British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France etc. It really depends on your inbound and outbound location. You can check for the most suitable flights not only on the airlines own websites, but on others such as Skyscanner.com, Esky.com, Expedia.co.uk etc. Sometimes there you can find way cheaper tickets.

Trains

After planes, this is maybe the most expensive type of transport you can get in the UK (sometimes it is even cheaper to get a plane ticket). It obviously takes more time than flying, but to compensate that you are usually allowed to take more luggage with you, which is always a huge plus when moving away. There are a variety of trains you can take – London Midland, Virgin trains, East Midlands Trains etc. The train companies would vary depending on the region in the UK you would like to go.

Buses

This is probably the cheapest type of transport you can use in the UK. Depending on how far you need to travel and how in advance you book, you can travel with spending less than £15-20. That way you have more money left on more important things. The most popular and cheap bus company would be MegaBus. Then after that you have your typical StageCoach, NationalExpress, Citylink etc.

In conclusion, it is up to you and what suits you best. You might prefer the quickness of the plane, the more baggage allowance on trains or you just want the cheapest possible option – the buses. Always remember to try and book tickets as early as you can as it would usually save you quite a lot. Therefore, as soon as you find out where you are going on placement, get on those travel tickets, every minute counts.