GETTING THERE & AROUND
The main international airports in Scotland are situated in Aberdeen (ABZ), Cambeltown (CAL), Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow (Glasgow International Airport – GLA, Glasgow Prestwick Airport – PIK).
The national carrier British Airways offers flights from many European countries the United Kingdom. British Airways destinations include: Austria (Salzburg, Vienna), Bulgaria (Sofia, Varna), Cyprus (Larnaca, Pafos), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), France (Genoa, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Toulouse), Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart), Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki), Hungary (Budapest), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice, Verona), Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Norway (Oslo), Poland (Krakow, Warsaw), Portugal (Lisbon, Faro), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Serbia (Belgrade), Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Basel, Zurich), Turkey (Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir) and Ukraine (Kiev).
Other airlines that offer flights to Scotland include: Aer Lingus, Air Malta, Austrian Airlines, bmi, Centralwings, CSA, EasyJet, Finnair, Flybe, Germanwings, Icelandair, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, Ryanair, SAS, Scotairways, SkyEurope, SN Brussels, Transavia, Wizz Air.
British Airways schedules: www.britishairways.com
Aberdeen Airport: www.aberdeenairport.com
Edinburgh Airport: www.edinburghairport.com
Glasgow Airport: www.glasgowairport.com
Glasgow Prestwick Airport: www.glasgowprestwick.com
Main sea ports in Scotland are Stranraer and Cairnryan. Various ferry carriers offer routes to Scotland from European countries. Stena Line offers routes from Northern Ireland, Superfast Ferries – from the Netherlands, P&O Ferries – from Ireland.
P&O Ferries: www.poferries.com
Stena Line: www.stenaline.co.uk
Superfast Ferries: www.superfast.com
Eurolines offers coach services between Scotland and major European cities.
Eurolines schedules: www.eurolines.com
The only direct rail routes between Britain and the Continent are available from Paris and Brussels through the Channel Tunnel. It is also possible to travel by train from Ireland to Northern Ireland.
Getting to Britain by car from the continental Europe can only be done by a car ferry or the Channel Tunnel (from France).
Transport in Scotland is sufficient and well-developed. In Glasgow, for example, it is possible to travel by bus, train and underground. Tickets can be obtained at bus, underground and railway stations.
Famous traditional black taxis are becoming the thing of the past and nowadays taxis are painted different colours. They can be hailed in the streets or found at taxi stands. Minicabs (private taxis) are cheaper than the standard taxis and can be hailed in the streets or ordered by phone. Unlike black taxis, minicabs do not have taximeters.
Driving is on the left side of the road. International and EU driving licenses are accepted. Driver must also have insurance documents and ownership/rental documents. Driver must not drive with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08%. Driver and passengers must wear seat belts. Children under age of 12 years are not permitted to travel in front seats. Speed limits: urban areas – 50 km/h, single carriageways – 90 km/h, dual carriageways – 110 km/h, motorways – 110 km/h. It is recommended to have a warning triangle, first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.