United Kingdom Travel information

United Kingdom


United Kingdom is located in Norther Europe.

Official language is English. United Kingdom uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+00:00 with daylight saving time.

Sockets & plugs

Adapter required, transformer not needed

United Kingdom uses 230V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G.


Type G


Money

Currency

£1.00 = €1.13, €1.00 = £0.88

United Kingdom uses the British pound (symbol: £), code GBP.

Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pounds. Pound is subdivided into 100 pence. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 pounds and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.


Credit & debit cards

Widely accepted

Credit cards are widely accepted within United Kingdom (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.


Tipping

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in United Kingdom. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.


ATMs

Available everywhere

Automatic teller machines (local name: cash machines) are everywhere in United Kingdom. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. United Kingdom has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.


Communications

Internet

55% faster than in France

Internet speed in United Kingdom is on average 13.9 Mbps which is 55% faster than in France (8.9 Mbps).

WiFi

WiFi coverage in United Kingdom is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.


Mobile phone

24% more expensive than in France

You can buy a SIM card for about £12.39 (€14.04), which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: 3 (Three), EE (Everything Everywhere), O2 or Vodafone.

Mobile phones

United Kingdom uses similar GSM mobile networks (GSM 900 and GSM 1800) as France so you should be able to normally use your mobile phone.

Roaming

According to the EU regulations your messages, calls and Internet mobile data in United Kingdom will cost the same as in France. Note that there is fair-use policy which means that the use is limited to business & leisure.

Dial code

+44

To call United Kingdom from France, dial + or 00 (exit code for France), then 44 (the country code for United Kingdom), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.

Calling from France
+  44 121 1234567
00 44 121 1234567
Local call
0121 1234567

For local calls within United Kingdom, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 121 .

Health & safety

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter this country

No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.


Routine immunizations

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Rabies

Health insurance

Covered via European Health Insurance Card

Make sure to bring your European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC) which allows you to receive medical treatment with the same cost as if you were a citizen of United Kingdom.


France European Health Insurance Card

Travel advisories

No country advisories
World-wide advisories

Advisories that are issued on a world-wide level (may not be related to United Kingdom).

Driving

Road rules

In United Kingdom you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 113 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 113 km/h (70 mph) on expressways, 48 km/h (29 mph) in all built-up areas and 97 km/h (60 mph) on undivided highways.

Turn on red

Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.

Alcohol

It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.08%.

On the road

Fuel

Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called petrol, Super unleaded (98) or Unleaded (95). Petrol costs about £1.09 (€1.23) per liter.

Diesel option is called Diesel.

Petrol stations

Most popular petrol stations in United Kingdom are Asda, Tesco, Shell, Sainsburys, Esso, Morrisons and BP.

Traffic news

Road assistance is available at 0800 88 77 66 (Automobile Association AA) or 0333 2000 999 (RAC). For general news on United Kingdom's traffic use Traffic England, Automobile Association (AA) or Highways England. For news on United Kingdom’s motorways and tolls use M6 toll, Transport for London or UK Toll Roads.









Driving license

Only original license is required

Since both France and United Kingdom are part of the European Economic Area your driving license will be valid in United Kingdom without any additional documents required. If you do not have a new plastic, credit-sized driving license you can still use your existing license.

Other

Emergency numbers

Universal
999
Police
999
Ambulance
999
Fire department
999

Embassy of France in United Kingdom

Address
58 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7JT, UK