If you speak to someone who has been to London recently as a tourist, they might tell you that it is an expensive place to visit. To be fair to them, they wouldn’t be 100% wrong. However, there are ways to make the UK’s capital a cheaper place to visit while still ticking off some of the must-do things when you are there. So, here are some ideas for any of you planning of a trip to London.
Unlike a lot of European cities, London doesn’t offer much in the way of multiple day travel savings. That said, you should make sure you get yourself an Oyster card as soon as you arrive at the airport or train station to make the most of its transport options. If you are going to making your way around all four corners of the city then you should know some of the following tips on using your Oyster and traveling in general around London:
- A lot of tube stations are close to each other so check a map and choose to walk instead between stations that are accessible on foot
- London buses and trams only charge you once per hour, so you can hop on and off as many buses and trams as you like in the space of one hour.
- The Oyster card caps your daily spending so make sure you tap in and out at every station to avoid overspending
- You can also use your contactless debit card of Apple Pay in the same way as an Oyster card
One of the things a lot of tourists want to do when they visit is catch a show in the famous West End. There are many London theatre shows currently on at a range of venues that are scattered across the capital from Piccadilly Theatre in Piccadilly Circus to the Vaudeville Theatre on The Strand. The trick is to make sure you are buying your ticket in advance of the show and avoid paying over the odds at street vendors. There are applications out there that will be able to advise you on what prices are fair and maybe even find you a deal as well.
If there is one thing that London has a lot of, it’s stuff to do and see. One of the best things to remember is that you don’t need to pay for a tour guide to make your way around the main sights and sounds. A simple map or even your phone will help you navigate the busy London streets for a lot less money than a tour guide will and you’ll also have the freedom of not being at the behest of a group of people.
By doing little things to save money like not eating at expensive central restaurants and avoiding tour guides, you will be able to afford some of the attractions that have an entry fee worth paying like the London Eye.