A trip to London can be an exciting experience, but the capital city of the UK is also known for being expensive.
If you’re visiting London, you can be sure of plenty to see and do. Check out historical attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, or newer and more modern things to do such as ride on the London Eye or snap photographs with waxworks of your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s.
You’ll want to make sure that you can have fun in the city whilst staying within your budget. So, we’ve listed some top tips for you that will help you save money on your weekend in London.
Tip #1. Get the London Explorer Pass
For your weekend in London, investing in the London Explorer Pass is certainly worthwhile. With this pass, you’ll be able to enjoy up to 35% off top London attractions, including free entry to the Coca-Cola London Eye, a ticket to the Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus tour, and entry to some of London’s most famous historical buildings.
Westminster Abbey, which opens from 9:30-15:30 on Saturdays, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is open for sightseeing on Saturdays from 8:30-16:00 are both worth a visit. Bear in mind that historical churches in London close for worship on Sundays.
Explorer Pass Costs and Info
The cost of the pass will depend on how many attractions you would like it to include. Choose either three, five, or seven different attractions from the twenty different choices available.
You can expect to pay between £69 and £129 for an adult pass. This can be downloaded directly to your smartphone. Even better – unlike the London Pass, your Explorer pass will be valid for thirty days from your first use, so you don’t have to cram in all the attractions at once.
Tip #2. Consider Staying at a Luxury Hostel
For anybody who is traveling to the capital, it comes as no surprise that accommodation in the city can quickly take a huge chunk out of your budget.
If you want to stay somewhere that offers a little bit of luxury but can’t afford to break the bank, then you might want to consider selecting a luxury hostel, or a ‘poshtel’ as they’re sometimes referred to.
Hostel Picks in London:
Some top luxury hostel picks in London include the Generator London, Palmers Lodge, Meininger Hotel and Hostel, and Safestay, which have two different hostels in the city, located in Elephant & Castle and Holland Park. All offer exceptionally safe and comfortable accommodation at reasonable prices, with a great social aspect too.
Tip #3. Buy an Oyster Card
Although you can purchase public transport tickets separately whilst exploring London, doing so is going to cost you more. Even if you’re not going to be using it again soon, it’s certainly worth the £3 that you’ll shell out to get an Oyster card. You can also return the card to any Transport for London desk when you leave, for a refund.
Using Your Oyster Card
You can easily top up your card using cash or a credit/debit card. There are many self-service machines and transport desks around London.
A Visitor Oyster Card can be ordered online and offers daily travel capping. This allows you to travel as much as you like in Zones 1 and 2 on a single day, without paying more than £6.60.
With so much to see and do in London, it’s no surprise that millions of tourists from around the world visit each year. If you’re going to London, there’s no need to leave broke with these money-saving tips.
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