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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For local calls within United Kingdom, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 121 .
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.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
In United Kingdom you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
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.
Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.08%.
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.
Most popular petrol stations in United Kingdom are Asda, Tesco, Shell, Sainsburys, Esso, Morrisons and BP.
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.
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.