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Turkey | Cappadocia

Unique Cappadocia – the world’s most enchanting fairy landscape

Discover Britain’s favourite cultural tour – an 8-day trip for you and a companion – to the unique region of Cappadocia, the world’s most enchanting fairy landscape!

Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – Göreme – Monks Valley


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Cappadocia is not just an area of outstanding natural beauty, it also represents the perfect symbiosis of humankind and nature. Over the centuries, volcanic eruptions, wind and water have combined to create a fairy-tale landscape dominated by bizarre tuff formations that is utterly unique and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour of the region also offers a fascinating insight into the history of Christianity.

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Day 1: Journey to Antalya

Flight to Antalya. Our friendly, competent English-speaking tour guides will be there to meet us at the airport and accompany us to our coaches. Transfer to the hotel, where a welcome drink awaits us. Our hotel will be in the Antalya area.

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Day 2: Konya (formerly Ikonium) – Cappadocia

Our tour crosses the majestic Taurus Mountains via the 1825m Alacabel Pass to Konya. The town formerly known as Ikonium became one of the greatest Christian communities of its time under the Apostle Paul and Saint Barnabas. To this day, its Christian and Islamic origins make the former Seljuq capital an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. We visit the whirling dervishes’ monastery there, which is a museum and place of pilgrimage today, before continuing on our way to Cappadocia.

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Day 3: Cappadocia – Göreme – Cavusin (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Volcanic eruptions, wind and weather have joined forces over the millennia to create a landscape dominated by bizarre, tuff formations. The people of the region began to hollow out their homes, places of worship and subterranean towns in the soft stone here as many as 2000 years ago. The open-air museum at Göreme (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its many monasteries, cave churches and wall paintings is the high point of any visit to Cappadocia. At the end of the day, we are invited to partake of a delicious cup of Turkish tea in the idyllically situated village of Cavusin.

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Day 4: Cappadocia – Monks Valley

Amid the vineyards and apricot trees of Monks Valley, we venture into a fairy-tale world. Its unique rock formations and glorious changes of colour promise unforgettable moments. This exceptional natural spectacle is a veritable gift for photography enthusiasts. Our journey takes us on to the hidden village of Sinasos with its Ancient Greek patrician houses – a wonderful place to enjoy a peaceful stroll. In a traditional carpet weavingfactory we experience the fascinating, centuries-old craft of carpet-making. You’ll be enthralled by the variety, craftsmanship and rich colours of the hand-woven carpets.

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Day 5: Konya – Antalya

Cappadocia’s more than one hundred underground settlements represent the region’s mysterious chapter. In one of these labyrinthine towns, we explore the secrets of underground life. Many mediaeval caravanserais can be found along the ancient silk road and we stop off at one of these former hostelries to learn about the social aspects of these charitable institutions. We then continue our journey across the Taurus Mountains to Antalya.

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Day 6: Antalya & Old Town

Today, we set our sights on Antalya. The provincial capital of Turkey’s Mediterranean region offers a colourful palette of historical and cultural places of interest and sites of natural beauty. Following an extensive tour of the city, we take a look around the old quarter of Antalya. In the labyrinthine streets of the old town with their bright bougainvilleas and beautifully kept Turkish patrician houses, we experience the incomparable aura of Mediterranean life. On our trail of Turkey’s great craft traditions, we then visit a jewellery workshop and a leather workshop. Here you not only find out more about the craft processes but also have the chance to acquire a personal holiday souvenir.

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Day 7: Free to spend at your leisure in Antalya

This day gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, take a break by the pool, loosen up in the soothing world of the traditional steam bath or take a pleasant stroll along the beach.
Alternatively, you might prefer to explore the natural and cultural treasures of the area and enrich your memories of Turkey by booking one of the exclusive programmes offered by your local travel agency.

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Day 8: Homeward journey

Transfer to airport and return flight.

 

N.B. Please note that for organisational reasons your itinerary may be reversed.


Your cultural highlights

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Antalya

With its numerous cultural and scenic treasures, Antalya (in antique Attaleia) is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in Turkey. Moreover, due to its location on the Turkish  Mediterranean coast, it is the tourist and cultural centre of the region. The most significant ruins are the Roman wall and the imposing Hadrian’s Gate. High above the beaches sits the old town of Kaleici, from where there is a fantastic view of the harbour and the deep blue sea.

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia is indeed one of the most unforgettable experiences.‘The land of white horses’ in an ancient Persian tongue, it is home to one of the most mysterious and extraordinary landscapes in the world. It was formed at the centre of a once volcanic region where, over time, wind and weather have sculpted sensual curves now known as ‘fairy chimneys’. Neolithic man was the first to carve the rock into inhabitable caves, and early Christians followed by creating exquisite underground cities, monasteries and churches in the soft rock, which you can still visit today.

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Goreme Valley

The sheer number and variety of places to visit here can be quite bewildering, but the archetypal travellers’ utopia is Goreme, where you’ll find the open-air museum, a World Heritage Site and home to many of the area’s natural wonders. The location of Goreme was first settled back in the Roman period. Christianity was then the prevailing religion in the region, which is evident from the many rock churches which can still be seen today.

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  • Charter flights with a reputable airline to and from Antalya
  • Transfer airport – hotel – airport 
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 7 nights in selected 4 and 5-star hotels (country category)
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  • 7x generous breakfast buffet
  • Round trip in our modern, air-conditioned coaches
  • Qualified, English-speaking guides, all university graduates
  • 24-hour emergency medical service

On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Culture and dinner package

The package includes all admission fees and guided tours of cultural sites as per itinerary plus daily evening dinner:

£140 per person (bookable upon arrival).

We recommend you secure your culture and dinner package when you arrive in Turkey. The individual hotels on the tours are located in idyllic natural settings and therefore a little way outside the towns.

Single room surcharge

£149 per person (subject to availability)

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Temperatures Antalya

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Capital:

Ankara

System of government:

Independent state since 1923. Constitution adopted in 1982, last change in 2010. Unicameral parliament with 550 members, who are all voted for directly every four years.

Religion:

Islam with a small Christian and Jewish community.

Language:

The official language is Turkish. English is often spoken in the cities and tourist locations.

Climate:

Subtropical climate along the Aegean Coast and the Mediterranean Sea throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 30°C in the summer to 12–15° C in the winter.

Electricity:

The supply voltage is 220 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is necessary.

Local time:

The time difference between the UK and Turkey is plus two hours throughout the year (Turkey is two hours ahead of GMT).

Making telephone calls:

The country code for Turkey is 0090 with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Turkey, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

Please note the current entry requirements for Turkey. British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers entering the country for a day trip and returning to the ship the same day. As of 10.04.2014 the visa will no longer be available at the port of entry. Applicants now just need to log on towww.evisa.gov.tr, provide the requested  information, make online payment (after the application has been approved) and then download their e-Visa. Please apply for the visa upon receipt of your travel documents. The visa for Turkey must be applied for online: www.evisa.gov.tr.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Turkey. Nationals of other countries are advised to enquire at the Turkish Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Some unauthorised websites may charge for information about e-visas, and for submitting applications. These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government. Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees for other services.

If you hold a different type of British nationality (BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Embassy before you travel. If you are entering Turkey via the Bulgarian border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area. Some British nationals have been issued with a visa but not had their passport stamped. In some cases, this has resulted in detention and deportation for illegal entry. Working illegally without the correct visa and work permit could result in deportation from Turkey, a fine and a ban on re-entering. You may be held in a detention centre awaiting deportation and are unlikely to be able to collect your belongings before departure.

Country and people:

Few countries have such a rich history as Turkey. Today’s Turkey is a modern democracy, with tourism playing an ever greater role. No trip to Turkey would be complete without a visit to the Turkish bazaars to soak up the oriental flair. The handmade carpets, jewellery and leather goods are an integral part and to some extent centuries-old tradition of the oriental culture – which is why our tour also includes a visit to a jewellery maker, a leather merchant and a traditional carpet weaver. Here you will find out fascinating facts about the Turkish art of carpet weaving and see how hand-woven carpets have been made throughout the generations. In interesting demonstrations you will learn more about preparing the silk threads, natural wool dyeing and very intricate and elaborate tying with the renowned ‘Turkish knot’. You will then get to spend one to two hours in the respective factories looking at the works of art and products. Bartering is a typical Turkish custom. If you are not interested in buying anything, the traders will also accept a clear no. No bartering takes placein department stores and supermarkets, or at markets where local farmers sell their vegetables.

In Turkey it is customary to give tips. Similarly to the USA, this forms part of income for people working in the service sector. Moreover it symbolizes recognition for the service provided. One can tip chambermaids £0,85 to £1,70 per night. In a restaurant or taxi, tipping around 10% of the billed sum is customary. Tips are not given in shops.

On group trips, the suggested sum for a tour guide, could be £1,70 per person per day. While for bus drivers the appropriate sum is around £0,85 to £1,70 per day per person. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much tip they wish to give.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcoming drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Turkey has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival. We recommend booking the following packages when you get there, as some hotels on the tour are situated out of town in idyllic countryside, which means you can benefit from special rates.

Culture and dinner package:
This package includes all admission charges and tours by licensed tour guides for sights included in the programme: Mevlâna Museum, Göreme Open Air Museum, Underground City, Sinasos, Çavuşin, Monks Valley, Uçhisar, Pigeon Valley, DevrentValley, Avcilar, tour of Antalya’s Old Town plus daily evening meal: £140 per person (bookable on arrival).

Explorer package:
This package includes five lunchtime meals plus the following additional events: Trip to Aspendos (incl. lunch), Cappadocia evening (incl. local drinksand a show), whirling dervishes show: £135 per person  (bookable on arrival).

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

Since 1 January 2009, the currency is once again called the Turkish lira (TL). Exchange rate (as of January 2014):

1 GBP = 3,84 TRY

1 TRY = 0,26 GBP.

The currency € is in the most touristical regions well accepted. Money can be exchanged at banks during opening hours. Another option to change currency is offered at larger hotels. Bank opening hours: mon–fri from 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon, 1.30 – 5 p.m. Cash can be withdrawn from cash machines using established international credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, American Express; the usage of debit cards is only possible with some machines. Credit cards are usually also accepted in the larger hotels, various shops and international car rental offices.
ATTENTION: Caution is advised when paying with a bank or credit card, as criminals may be trying to copy the traveller’s bank card and spy out the relevant PIN code without being noticed to then be able to withdraw cash with fake cards from cash machines. Travellers are therefore advised to keep an eye on their bank card when paying with it and to enter their PIN number with discretion. Care should be taken when using the bank and credit cards with the PIN code in exchange offices, too.

Customs regulations for travellers to Turkey:

The following regulations apply for tourists: import of foreign currency is unlimited. As for exporting currency, a total amount of 5,000 US dollars or the equivalent in TL is permitted. Travellers may import and export personal jewellery to a total value of 15,000 US dollars. Any value higher than this must be declared when entering the country. Documentation is required for purchases made in Turkey. Otherwise, the following goods per person may by carried upon entry into Turkey (does not apply to transit travellers):
personal belongings as items for personal use, incl. medical articles (devices) and medicine as well as giftware to a value of 230 GBP (children under 15 years of age up to 110 GBP).

The purchase, possession and export of “cultural and natural properties” is severely punished (prison sentence of up to 10 years), as these properties are regarded as state-owned assets. In case of violation, several months of custody and high bail fees (currently approx. 7,000 GBP) are common procedure for tourists, too, even if they hold antiques or old objects of supposed small value. In individual cases, prison sentences are imposed. You are therefore urgently warned not to acquire or take along antiques, old coins, fossils, etc. from retailers. Further information under: www.fco.gov.uk. Information about the customs regulations for importing products into the UK is found on the British customs website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

Medical information:

Vaccinations are not required for entering into Turkey. Every traveller should be sufficiently protected against tetanus and polio as well as hepatitis, if needs be. Caution is advised when eating uncooked food, unpasteurised milk (e.g.
fresh milk, ice cream) and fruit that can’t be peeled. Please avoid drinking tap water and ice cubes in drinks! Rule of thumb: don’t eat anything that cannot be cooked or peeled! In Turkey, pharmacies are found at every turn. They are recognised by their green cross and the “Eczane” inscription. The standard is high, he personnel fully trained. Especially in those regions in which tourism flourishes, English-speaking staff is the norm. Most of the medicines that require prescription in the United Kingdom, are also only available in Turkey by prescription only. The handling is somewhat more “relaxed”, though. Hospitals and a number of medical practices are found in every larger city and in the touristic
regions; usually only community hospitals are based in smaller towns and villages.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), relating to free medical treatment in EU countries, is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

In any event, travellers should obtain information about the possibilities and requirements for a reimbursement of costs from their health insurance company before setting off on their travels. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customized to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

 

All information is subject to change/Last updated: January 2014

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Birmingham

Contact

Birmingham Airport Limited
Birmingham
B26 3QJ 

Airport code: BHX

www.birminghamairport.com


By car and motorbike

Birmingham Airport is situated at the heart of the UK Motorway network, located just off Junction 6 of the M42 via the A45.

Our postcode is B26 3QJ if you are travelling to the Airport using a Sat-Nav.

General directions:

  • From the north-west (Stafford, Stoke, Manchester, Liverpool): Take the M6, M6 Toll, M42 
  • From the north-east (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds): Take the M1, M42 
  • From the east (Coventry, Northampton): Take the M6 
  • From the south-east (Banbury, Oxford, Bicester, London): M40 
  • From the south-west (Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol): M5

Specific directions to Birmingham Airport can be found using a dedicated journey planner, including Transport Direct (www.transportdirect.info) and the AA Route Planner (www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp).

Parking

The Airport has a wide range of on-site car parks, including secure motorbike parking, all within easy distance of the terminal building. Find out more.

 


By train

Birmingham International Station

Birmingham Airport is directly connected to over 100 towns and cities via Birmingham International Station and the free ‘Air-Rail Link’ system.  The Air-Rail Link is free and operates between 05:15 and 02:00 daily.

Rail services operate regularly from Birmingham International to a range of destinations, by a number of operators, including:

Virgin Trains

    - 3 trains per hour (tph) to London Euston

    - 2tph to Birmingham New Street

    - 1tph to Wolverhampton via Birmingham New Street

Cross Country

    - 1tph to Manchester Piccadilly

    - 1tph to Bournemouth

London Midland

    - 4tph to Birmingham New Street

    - 1tph to London Euston via Northampton

    - 1tph to Northampton

    - 1tph to Coventry

Arriva Trains Wales

    - 1tph to Shrewsbury, of which:

    - 1tp2h continues to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli after diving at Machynlleth

    - 1tp2h continues to Holyhead via Wrexham General and Chester 

Click here to view a map of regional train services.

Birmingham New Street is 10 minutes on a direct train, with seven services per hour from Birmingham International.  A single ticket costs £3.30.

Services to central London operate daily with three trains per hour serving London Euston with Virgin Trains and one train per hour by London Midland.  The journey takes approximately 70 minutes with Virgin Trains.

Live journey information for Birmingham International can be found using National Rail Enquiries. Click here.


By bus or coach

Bus

There are currently three bus services which access the Airport:

    - 900 (connecting Birmingham and Coventry)

    - 966 (connecting Erdington and Solihull)

    - 777 (Hams Hall, Coleshill Parkway and Birmingham Airport)

Bus passengers can reach the Airport via two stops:

    - Directly onsite at the Airport Terminal

    - At Birmingham International Interchange via Air-Rail Link

Timetables can be accessed via Network West Midlands (www.networkwestmidlands.com/bus/BusTimetable.aspx)

Live Departure Information - http://netwm.mobi

Tickets can be purchased on the bus service, or in advance at the Birmingham Airport Visitor Centre, located in Arrivals.

Coach

Long distance coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services to 35 main towns and cities across the UK.

National Express

The UK’s largest scheduled coach operator offers frequent direct services to and from destinations, including Birmingham, Oxford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Manchester.  Coaches arrive directly outside the Airport terminal and all services use modern, air conditioned vehicles.

http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/airport/birmingham-airport.aspx

Tel: +44 (0)871 781 8181

Megabus

Megabus is part of the Stagecoach Group, providing budget inter-city coach services across the UK.  With fares starting at £1 per journey (plus booking fee), Megabus serve 16 destinations from Birmingham Airport and strive to offer low cost, high quality services.  All Megabus services arrive directly outside the Airport terminal.

www.megabus.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)871 266 3333


By taxi

Black cabs operate a 24-hour service from directly outside the arrivals area of the terminal buildings.  Each taxi can carry up to five passengers (some can carry six), with luggage and are able to take wheelchairs.

For journeys in Birmingham and Solihull metered zone fares will be displayed during the trip.  All black cabs accept major credit cards, provide receipts and are the only cabs licensed to operate from the Airport without prior booking.

Bristol

Contact

Bristol Airport
Bristol 
BS48 3DY

Airport code: BRS

http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/


Driving to Bristol

Bristol Airport is located 8 miles south of Bristol city centre.

From North M5

Leave the M5 at junction 18 (signposted A4 Bristol & Airport). Take the A4 towards Bristol following signs for the Airport. Go past Bristol City football ground and connect with the A38 towards Taunton, the Airport is situated 8 miles south of Bristol on the A38.

From South M5

Leave the M5 at Junction 22, at roundabout take 3rd exit signposted A38. At East Brent roundabout joining the A370 take 2nd exit signposted A38 & Airport. Continue on this road for approx 11 miles, Airport is on the left.

From East M4 

At Junction 20, join the M5 southbound. Exit the M5 at junction 18 (signposted A4 Bristol & Airport). Take the A4 towards Bristol following signs for the Airport. Go past Bristol City football ground and connect with the A38 towards Taunton, the Airport is situated 8 miles south of Bristol on the A38.

From South East (Bath)

Follow the A4 towards Bristol, bear left onto the A4174 signposted Ring Road. Continue to follow signs for Airport and A38 Taunton.

From South Wales

Follow M4 over the second Severn Crossing. At junction 22 branch left to join M49 (signposted South West). Take the A4 (signposted A4 Bristol & Airport). Go past Bristol City football ground and connect with the A38 towards Taunton, the Airport is situated 8 miles south of Bristol on the A38. 

 

Parking

The Airport has a wide range of on-site car parks, including secure motorbike parking, all within easy distance of the terminal building. Find out more


By train

The nearest major train station to Bristol Airport is Bristol Temple Meads, approximately seven miles away.

The Airport Flyer Express Link service connects you from Bristol Temple Meads to the airport every 10 minutes at peak times. The Flyer service is ideal for onward rail connections to and from Bristol Temple Meads from/to:

  • Bristol Parkway - services running to/from Parkway up to five trains an hour at peak times
  • Bath - services running to/from Bath Spa up to five trains an hour at peak times
  • High speed connections to London Paddington via Bath Spa every 30 minutes at peak
  • Cheltenham - services running to/from Cheltenham Spa up to three trains an hour at peak times
  • London - services running to/from London Paddington up to three trains an hour at peak times
  • Cardiff - services running to/from Cardiff Central up to two times an hour at peak times
  • Swindon - services running to/from Swindon up to three times an hour at peak times
  • Swansea - hourly services running to/from Swansea
  • Cornwall - services running to/from Newquay every three hours at peak times

Buying train/bus through-tickets:

Buy online with ‘thetrainline’- the leading independent retailer of train tickets online, selling tickets for all train companies on all national routes. 


By bus or coach

Coach

South West and South Wales

National Express coaches operate throughout the South West and South Wales to Bristol Bus Station where you can connect to the Airport Flyer Express Link, taking you directly to the terminal building.

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Devon and Cornwall

The 404 overnight National Express service between Penzance and London routes via Bristol Airport stopping outside the terminal at 0245 daily, providing a direct link from Penzance, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Liskeard, Saltash, Plymouth, Paignton, Torquay, Newton Abbot, Exeter and other locations.

Wiltshire and Bath

The 404 overnight National Express service between London and Penzance routes via Bristol Airport stopping outside the terminal at 0220 daily, providing a direct link from Chippenham and Bath.

Please note:  All National Express Coach Through Tickets need to be collected prior to your date of travel, as there is currently no facility at Bristol Airport.

By bus

From Weston-super-Mare

A daily bus service runs from Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Airport, calling at local stops along the way and dropping off right outside the terminal.

The 121 Service runs approximately every two hours from 06.24 to 16.30 Monday to Friday, with some weekend and Bank Holiday timetable variations.

For further information, visit the website or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Find out more

From Bath

The Bath Bus Company runs a service between Bath and Bristol Airport, stopping at Saltford, Keynsham, Hengrove Park and Bishopsworth Village.

The service will run approximately hourly from Bath between 0300 and 2200 hours, and from Bristol Airport between 0430 to 2330 hours. The journey time is just over an hour.

View timetable and route

Plan all public transport journeys to Bristol Airport at Transport Direct.info or contact First Group for other services. For journey planning within the West of England see also travelwest.info

Terminal forecourt access

Only authorised vehicles will be allowed entry to the Terminal forecourt for setting down and picking up passengers. Private coaches will not be permitted entry unless prior notice of their arrival has been provided to Bristol Airport. 

Airport Flyer Express Link

The Airport Flyer Express Link is the only bus service linking Bristol Temple Meads railway station, Bristol Bus & Coach Station and Bristol Airport.

Route

From Bristol Airport, the service operates a fast and frequent route through Bedminster to Temple Meads station. From there it operates a circular route around the city centre, calling at Old Market (for Cabot Circus), the Bus & Coach Station, Colston Avenue and Victoria Street before returning to Temple Meads and on to the airport.

Journey time and frequency

The journey time to the city centre is approximately 30 minutes, with services operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week*.  At peak times, buses depart up to every 8 minutes across the route.
* Please refer to timetable for the first service departing daily at each individual stop.

Onwards connections

Destinations beyond the city centre, including Clifton, can be reached easily by connecting with the local bus network, operated by Firstgroup. Through ticketing is available on the Flyer and on local bus services, offering a saving on the price of purchasing your bus ticket separately. Further information on local services can be found via the First Bristol & Avon website

For more information and fares please check here.

Glasgow

Contact

Glasgow Airport Limited
Paisley
Renfrewshire
Scotland
PA3 2SW

Tel: +44 (0)844 481 5555

Airport code: GLA

www.glasgowairport.com


Driving to Glasgow 

Directions

Glasgow Airport is situated around eight miles from the centre of Glasgow and can easily be reached from the M8 motorway (junction 28), with a typical journey time of 20 minutes. If you’re using a satellite navigation system you can input the postcode PA3 2SW. Alternatively, get printed directions using the Route Planner on this site.

Route Planner

Transport Direct is a government backed website which will help you with directions to and from our airport. Simply enter a place name or post code and let the system find you the best route.
View Transport Direct journey planner

Parking

Convenient, competitively priced options for Glasgow Airport Parking from the official Glasgow Airport operator. To research options for airport parking at Glasgow, visit our Glasgow Airport parking website.
Our recommended car parking at Glasgow Airport is of a high standard, offering secure car parks close to the airport terminal with an efficient transfer service.
And now you can conveniently access the Manage My Booking feature, enabling you to amend or cancel online.

Manage my booking

 


By train

Book your train tickets here in advance and save on average 43% by clicking the link below

thetrainline.com

The nearest rail station to the airport is Paisley Gilmour Street, which is just one mile from the terminal and easily reached by taxi or bus (service 66).
There are direct rail services from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central, Ayr and Clyde Coast destinations.

When travelling to the airport from any station in Scotland, simply ask for a rail ticket to Glasgow Airport. The ticket will be valid on the train to Paisley Gilmour Street and the McGills bus service from Paisley to the airport.

Trains to Glasgow Central

There are eight trains an hour from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central (five per hour on Sundays).

Further Information

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

 


By bus or coach

First 500 Glasgow Shuttle

Glasgow City Centre     Stance 1

First’s Glasgow Shuttle provides you with the most direct service between the airport and Glasgow city centre. The service operates up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and takes approximately 25 minutes.

All buses are low-floor for easy accessibility, and have luggage racks and free WiFi access to help you make the most of your journey time.

First 500 Glasgow Shuttle Onward Travel Links via

Glasgow Central Train Station     Glasgow Queen Street Train Station

Buchanan Street Bus Station

First also operates over 100 services across greater Glasgow and offers direct transfers to Edinburgh via the Citylink 900 Service from Buchanan Street Bus Station.

Please visit the First Buses webpage for more information 

First 747 AirLink

Glasgow via Braehead and Partick Interchange     Stance 6

First’s 747 AirLink service operates between Glasgow Airport and the city centre via Renfrew, Braehead, Partick, Kelvingrove  Art Gallery and Charing Cross, making it ideal for visiting the west end of the city as well as visiting some of Glasgow’s best retail and tourist attractions on the way into the city centre.

All buses are low-floor for easy accessibility.

First 747 AirLink Onward Travel Links via

Partick Interchange for rail, subway and bus connections

Buchanan Street Bus Station

Please visit the First Buses webpage for more information.

McGill’s 767

Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station     Stance 7

Service 66 is a high-frequency bus service from Glasgow Airport to Dykebar via Gilmour Street Train Station.

All buses are low-floor for easy accessibility.

Please visit the McGill’s Buses webpage for more information.

Citylink 915 

Skye via Loch Lomond and Fort William     Stance 9

Please visit the Citylink webpage for more information.

Other useful public transport links 

Traveline Scotland

Transport Direct

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

Megabus

 


Taxi

Glasgow Airport Taxi Services are the official provider of Licensed Taxis at Glasgow Airport and are the only taxi company that can pick you up and drop you off at the terminal doors.

  • Our fleet of cars are available 24/7 outside domestic arrivals and will take you to any destination in the UK
  • All our cars have disabled access and can take credit card transactions
  • Our desk is located outside domestic arrivals

Whether you are a business passenger, going on holiday or have special needs let us take care of you.

Contact us on 0141 889 1813 for more details

HanseMerkur Travel Insurance

HanseMerkur travel insurance

Information and Performance Specifications on Your Travel Insurance

Applies solely to performance that has been booked via RSD Travel Agency Ltd.
Can be concluded at the time of booking, but must be concluded at least 30 days before commencement of the journey.

Premium (up to 93 days)

TRAVEL CANCELLATION INSURANCE

If you cancel a travel booking for reasons that are covered by the insurance, or if the start of your trip is delayed for such reasons, we will reimburse your contractual commitments relat-ing to the cancellation or the additional costs incurred for the outbound journey. Some examples of categories covered
by the insurance:

  • Serious Accident Injuries
  • Unexpected and Serious Illness
  • Death
  • For retained risk see policy wording

HOLIDAY GUARANTEE (TRAVEL-DISCONTINUATION INSURANCE)

For additional return-travel costs incurred due to premature or delayed return journey and in the event of travel discontinuation within the 1st half of the trip (within a maximum of the first 8 days of the trip) we pay the full travel price, or for later return journey the proportionate travel price, and reimburse the travel services not able to be taken advantage of due to delayed commencement
of the journey.
Some examples of categories covered by the insurance:
  • Serious Accident Injuries
  • Unexpected and Serious Illness, Death
  • Considerable Damage to Property
  • Delay in Transport
  • Natural Catastrophe and Natural Occur-rences at the Holiday Resort
  • For retained risk see policy wording

TRAVEL ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Benefits are paid for travel accidents that lead to the death or to invalidity of the insured person.

EMERGENCY INSURANCE

Help in cases of emergencies experienced by the insured person during the trip, e.g. help with the necessary discontinuation of the trip, in the event of criminal prosecution or loss of means of payment and documents.

  • Our emergency-call centre can be reached by you worldwide on 365 days a year – including Sundays and holidays – 24 hours a day.

HanseMerkur Reiseversicherung AG
c/o IMA UK Assistance Ltd.
3 Mill Field Road Bingley
BD16 1PY
Tel.: +44 1274 562 193
Fax: +44 1274 563 886
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Worldwide Emergency-Call Service During the Journey
From abroad: Tel. +49 221 8277-9898

TRAVEL LIABILITY INSURANCE

  • Insurance cover against compensation claims of third parties in the event of injury to person/damage to property
  • Cover Provided up to £ 1 million/£ 2 million in the event of injury to person/damage to property of which up to £ 25,000 for lease damage
    (damage to privately rented rooms within buildings)

Retained risk only in cases of damage to hired or rented property (damage to privately rented rooms within buildings) 20% of the damage amount, though at least £ 50.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

Reimbursement of the costs of:

  • out-patient and in-patient treatment by a doctor abroad
  • pharmaceutical products and dressing material prescribed by a doctor, as well as accident-related support
  • medically indicated and doctor- prescribed return transportation to the home country
  • For retained risk see policy wording

LUGGAGE INSURANCE

Insurance Sum: £ 2,000
Some examples of categories covered by the insurance:

  • Damage to Luggage while in the safekeeping of others
  • Delayed deliveries
  • Criminal acts of third parties
  • Damage due to transport accidents

Comfort (up to 93 days)

TRAVEL CANCELLATION INSURANCE

HOLIDAY GUARANTEE
(TRAVEL-DISCONTINUATION INSURANCE)

TRAVEL ACCIDENT INSURANCE

TRAVEL LIABILITY INSURANCE

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

—> For Performance Specifications, see policy wording

 

Holiday check list

We’ve listed the most important points, so that you don’t forget anything before your departure. The holiday check list is also available as a PDF file:

Important documents

  • Address book
  • Identity card/passport
  • Driving licence
  • Copies of documents
  • Travel documents
  • Voucher for hotel
  • Flight tickets
  • Country information

Money

  • Foreign banknotes
  • Telephone number to block card
  • ec card
  • Credit card

First-aid kit

  • Disinfectant spray
  • Ointment
  • Plaster
  • Headache treatment
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Personal medicines

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Brush, comb
  • Skin cream
  • Razor, aftershave
  • Shampoo
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • After-sun lotion

Entertainment

  • MP3-Player
  • Magazines, books
  • Mobile phone, foreign rates overview
  • Card games
  • Digital camera, memory card
  • Batteries, chargers

Other

  • Spare pair of glasses
  • Alarm clock
  • Sunglasses
  • Food for the journey
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel guide, road map

Shortly before departure

  • Switch off heating
  • Organise care for house
  • Provide for pets
  • Set/change message on answering machine
  • Stop newspaper subscription
  • Organise flower care

London Gatwick

Contact

Gatwick Airport
West Sussex RH6 0NP

Tel: +44 (0) 844 892 0322

Airport code: LGW

www.gatwickairport.com


Driving to Gatwick

Gatwick is 28 miles (45km) south of London, linked directly to the M23 at Junction 9 and to the A23 London-Brighton road.

The M25 is a ten-minute drive away (Junction 7), providing connections to the national road and motorway network.

If you’re using satnav our postcodes are:

  • South Terminal: RH6 0NP
  • North Terminal: RH6 0PJ

Use the AA route planner to find directions.


Drop-off and pick-up

If you are picking passengers up, you must use a short stay car park


Car parking

Both short stay car parks are signposted from roads into Gatwick, and are a short walk from the terminals.

Valet parking operates from Short Stay car park 2, level 2 in South Terminal, and Short Stay car park 5, level 3 in North Terminal.

Long term parking is located a short coach ride from the terminals.

If your trip is longer than a couple of days, then long stay parking is the best option There are a number of car parks to choose from but all are secure and well maintained with transfer times of approximately 5 minutes.

Book Gatwick parking

View a map of all Gatwick’s car parks


By Train to Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes from central London via the non-stop Gatwick Express, and has rail links to destinations all around the UK.

The railway station is linked directly to the South Terminal, and is a few minutes from the North Terminal by free transit shuttle. There are rail information and ticket desks and in the arrivals areas of both terminals as well as in the station.

Gatwick Express is the fast train between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and take 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).

Discounted tickets can be bought online at www.gatwickexpress.com, or at the station.

For further details of prices, special offers and to book in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website or ring +44 (0)845 850 1530 (UK only).


Other rails services

The following services call at Gatwick Airport. You should buy tickets before boarding the train.
First Capital Connect website
Southern website
First Great Western website


Buses and coaches to Gatwick Airport

Coaches

Frequent coach services connect Gatwick with more than 400 UK towns and cities. Direct services run to destinations including Heathrow, central London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich.
View our map of all direct coach routes from and to Gatwick

Local Buses

Local buses run between Gatwick and many local destinations including Crawley, Horley, Redhill, East Grinstead, Caterham and Horsham. Buses call at both terminals. The main services running to and from Gatwick are listed below and operated by Metrobus. 

London Stansted

Contact

London Stansted Airport
Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Road, Essex, United Kingdom
CM24 1QW

Tel: +44 (0)844 335 1803

Airport code: STN
www.stanstedairport.com


Driving to Stansted

London Stansted is conveniently situated just off the M11 motorway – use Junction 8a if approaching from the London direction or Junction 8 from the Cambridge side, then follow signs for the airport.

For help planning your journey, use the Route Planner tool on this website. 


Satellite navigation information

Postcode: CM24 1RW
Latitude/longitude: N51:53:24 (51.889939); E0:15:42 (0.261739)


Car parking

The Short Stay Car Park is next to the terminal and is suitable for stays of less than 24 hours. The Long Stay Car Park is a few minutes from the terminal by courtesy bus.

Motorcycle parking is free in the designated bays in Zone Q of the Long Stay Car Park. Motorbikes must not be parked elsewhere.

Book Stansted Airport parking now

More information about Stansted Airport parking


Trains

Where to catch trains

Stansted Airport rail station is directly below the terminal building. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the station.

Regular services link the airport with central and east London, and with eastern England and the Midlands.

Train times and fares are subject to change, so please confirm with the operator before you travel.

Trains to London

Stansted Express

Fast, frequent and convenient trains run between the airport and London Liverpool Street from early until late.

  • Trains depart every 15 minutes.
  • Average journey time 46 minutes to Liverpool Street and 35 minutes to Tottenham Hale.
  • Express class single fare £22.50 (£21.50 online booking).
  • Also calls at Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow Town and Tottenham Hale.

For London Underground services, change at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) or Liverpool Street (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines).

Visit the Stansted Express website

Stansted Express timetable

Further information on trains to other cities you can find on the homepage.


Buses and coaches

Stansted Airport’s bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 06:00 to 01:00), in the coach station (24 hours, seven days a week) or on board. Please note that many coaches and buses are not wheelchair-accessible – please contact the relevant operator for further information. Bus fares and times are subject to change, so please confirm with the operator before you travel.

Bus and coach services

Other means of transport

Taxi

24x7 operate a 24hour taxi service to and from London Stansted Airport. The reservation desk is located in the international arrival concourse. There is also a courtesy telephone located in the Domestic Baggage Reclaim area which will connect you to our reservation desk.

To book in advance, contact 24x7 by:

  • Telephone: +44 (0)1279 661111

Payment can be made at the time of booking (by credit or debit card) or in cash to the driver. Fares are quoted before the journey.

A taxi journey into London for one to four people costs about £99, depending on the exact destination.

Wheelchair-accessible cars are available on request.

Manchester

Contact

Manchester Airport
2 Floor, Olympic House,
M90 1QX

Tel.: +44 (0) 8712710711*

Airport code: MAN

http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk   

*Calls are charged at 10 pence per minute from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and other networks may vary.


Driving to Manchester

Postcode your sat nav: M90 1QX. This will take you to the general airport site. From here, terminals are signposted.

For the longitude and latitude for the individual car parks please visit the car park pre booked web pages and see the directions section for each individual airport.

You can also use My Airport to generate a free personalised guide with driving directions and maps according to your particular journey.

To help find the best route, you can use either the AA Route Planner or Google Maps.

Parking

You can choose from a whole range of long and short stay parking options at the airport. For the best advance rates, it’s wise to book online.

See our turn-up Long Stay Parking Charges

See our turn-up Short Stay Parking Charges

There are petrol stations with mini supermarkets near Terminals 1 and 2.

Dedicated motorcycle parking is available at JetPark Plus at the rate of £2.00 per day, payable on arrival.


Trains

The Station, Manchester Airport’s integrated transport hub, offers fast and frequent train services linking the airport with over 100 destinations across the North of England and beyond. Get off to a flying start before you board the plane by catching the train direct to the heart of Manchester Airport. Once you arrive at The Station, it’s easy to reach the terminal buildings using the Skylink moving walkways. 

Buy train tickets to and from Manchester Airport  with TransPennine Express by clicking this link or using our quick search on the right hand side.

Train Services
Frequent direct services run to and from with TransPennine Express and Northern Rail, run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 

  • Sheffield
  • York
  • Newcastle
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Huddersfield
  • Bolton
  • Preston
  • Blackpool
  • The Lake District
  • Chester - with Arriva Train Wales - requires a interchange at Manchester Piccadilly
  • North Wales - with Arriva Train Wales - requires a interchange at Manchester Piccadilly

See maps of local and regional train services direct to Manchester Airport 

Trains To/From Manchester
Trains run every 10 minutes to/from Manchester Piccadilly station in the city centre, taking around 20 minutes.


Buses and coaches

A large number of coach services operate daily from The Station, the airport’s integrated transport hub, linking Manchester Airport with our region and other major UK cities.

Coach travel is a cost-effective way of getting to and from the airport, and most coaches are equipped with reclining seats, air-conditioning and onboard toilet and washroom facilities.

National Express

National Express, the UK’s largest operator of scheduled coach services, operates direct to and from The Station at Manchester Airport. With excellent value fares and services to many key destinations throughout the UK including Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, its easy to relax and travel to Manchester Airport in one of their fleet of modern air conditioned coaches.

Search fares and further information

See how Manchester Airport links with the (National Express) national coach network.

Buying Tickets
Book tickets online with National Express 

Buy tickets on the day
The coach ticket desk is open daily at The Station at Manchester Airport from 7am to 6pm.
Tel 0845 3888127
4397 from any airport courtesy phone
Out of hours 0871 7818 181.

Coach Drivers Guide
To make it easy for pick up and drop off please see our guide for coach drivers, tour guides and group travel organizers

Manchester Airport is well served by a network of local and regional buses running daily from early morning to late night, including weekends and bank holidays. There is now a 24 hour bus service operating to/from Manchester Airport.

Bus Services
The following bus services operate to and from Manchester Airport:

200 To The Runway Visitor Park
18 To The Trafford Centre via Wythenshawe, Baguley, Sale and Stretford
18 To Altrincham via Hale
18A To Flixton via Altrincham, Sale and Urmston
19 From Altrincham via Sale and Wythenshawe
43 To Manchester via Wythenshawe, Fallowfield and Rusholme (24 hours a day)
105 To Manchester city centre via Wythenshawe, Benchill, Sharston, Northenden and Moss Side.
369 To Stockport via Wythenshawe, Heald Green, Cheadle Hulme, Adswood and Edgeley
199 To Stockport Express via M56 & M60 Then Hazel Grove, New Mills, Whaley Bridge, Chapel en-le-Frith and Buxton
200 To Wilmslow via Styal and Quarry Bank Mill.
44 Gatley - East Didsbury - Fallowfield - Manchester


Taxi and transfer

It’s easy to transfer from the airport;

  • Arrow Cars offer an independent private hire service located at each terminal
  • Hackney cabs - located at each terminal

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