Visiting London: Affordable Travel Options

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Featured - No comments

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Traveling to London for the first time can be a little scary for a multitude of reasons. England’s capital city is one of the most vibrant business and entertainment hubs in the entire world. After recently being crowned the most expensive city in the world to reside in as reported by the Guardian, many visitors get a little flustered by the prospect of having to part with a considerable amount of money when facing the prospect of venturing to one of Europe’s top tourism hotspots.

But with a little research even a relatively novice traveler can make sure that their budget stretches far and enables them to get the most out of their visit to London. One of the best ways to save money is by utilizing affordable travel options.

So without further ado, here’s a run down of the most cost efficient means of travel when exploring the many delights that London has to offer.

Traveling from the airport to the city center

The likelihood is that you’ll fly into London’s largest airport, Heathrow. Upon arrival whatever you do, don’t hail a cab. Cabs in London are extremely expensive and will eat a considerable chunk of your budget up. Parking4Less a company that is based out of Heathrow document on their website that there is a multitude of free shuttles and access to the overground trains providing passengers with a direct route to the center of London. The cost of a train ticket to, for instance to Kings Cross is considerably less than if you were to pay for a taxi.

Bus tickets are cheap and a nice way to see the sights

The most affordable means of travel is via a London Day Pass, which will allow you to travel via the underground or bus throughout the day. You’ll be able to stop off at as many stops as you like for a nominal fee. Visit the Transport For London for more details on prices and other information regarding the service.

However, if you want to view the sights while on the move, using the London bus service is a good way to travel while taking in London during the day.

Refrain from using cabs unless you really have to

Like aforementioned the cabs are extremely costly. On top of that, the chances of encountering large volumes of traffic are especially if you are traveling during rush hour is extremely high.

Overground rail tickets

The likelihood of a first time visitor using the overground trains are minimal unless you decide to venture out of London to somewhere like Manchester or Oxford. If this is something that you are seriously considering, make sure to book your ticket well in advance otherwise you could potentially pay 200% more for your ticket that you would have if you’d have booked two weeks in advance.

With the above transport options, we hope that by utilizing these affordable means of travel that it will help you adhere to your budget constraints. And hopefully this will potentially free up money to spend on more interesting things while in London.

Let us know about your experiences in London below.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is a former career breaker and long term solo traveler. Today, she helps promote responsible elephant tourism and is the co-founder of #RTTC, a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. When she isn’t writing, Diana handles the PR and social media for Save Elephant Foundation, which runs the popular Elephant Nature Park. Her writing as appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

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