Credit cards are widely accepted within United Kingdom (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Maestro, MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, RuPay and UnionPay 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 or chip & signature card will work fine.
United Kingdom uses different GSM mobile networks than United States so check if your mobile phone supports network technologies in United Kingdom .
If you don't want to buy SIM card in United Kingdom upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call United Kingdom from United States, dial + or 011 (exit code for United States), 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 Super unleaded (98), Unleaded (95) or petrol. Petrol costs about £1.27 ($1.63) per liter.
Diesel option is called Diesel. Diesel costs about £1.30 ($1.66) per liter.
Most popular petrol stations in United Kingdom are Asda, BP, Esso, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Shell and Tesco.
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 Automobile Association (AA), Highways England or Traffic England. For news on United Kingdom’s motorways and tolls use M6 toll, Transport for London or UK Toll Roads.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.