London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, which are known for a rich and long history, pageantry and tradition. But this capital city does not believe in hanging on to its past. It proffers an exhilarating blend of tradition and modernity, ushering innovation as well as preserving relics of the past. Today, this veritable cosmopolis located at the centre of the world, draws tourists and travellers from different parts of the world and happens to be the starting point of many aspirant globetrotters.
There is no denying that London is an expensive city; getting around the place and exploring it inside out may burn a hole in your pocket, especially if you are using private transport. But hold on, getting around London can be really fast and affordable and even fun if you opt for public transport. It has a smart transport network infrastructure and after all, who can deny that the best way to know a city inside out is by travelling with its people. We have got a few invaluable money-saving tips for you right here to see the best of this city and not end up poor either.
1. Why not start with a walk?
There are some walking routes that are actually quicker, cheaper and more rewarding than a ride on the Tube, that is London’s underground rail. If you are a shopping aficionado, you may like a walk between Knightsbridge and the chic Sloane Square. You will also enjoy the 300m stroll from Trafalgar Square to the Thames river. If you stay at one of the Hotels In London City Centre, then it would be easily possible to do a lot of sight-seeing on foot.
2. Whizz around on a Santander Cycle
The Santander Cycle is a great choice for moving around the city and exploring its secret wonders. Hire a cycle for a day at just £2 and visit the beautiful parks and gardens such as the Holland Park, Kyoto Gardens, Hyde Park and Chelsea Physic Garden. Take a peek at the quirky side of London at Hop Exchange, Cross Bones Graveyard, church of St Bartholomew the Great, Hunterian Museum and Neal’s Yard. Remember to drop the bike back to one of the many docking stations once you’ve finished your journey. Apart from being cheap, this option is a great way to enjoy the sights of the city and a good exercise in open air.
3. Travel more, pay less on the Tube
If you’re looking to travel to different nooks and furthest corners of the city to know it inside out like a local, the Tube is your best bet. Go contactless with the Oystercard and get the cheapest price. While a single fare in central London costs £4.90 when you pay in cash, an Oyster or contactless card costs just £2.40. The best part about it is you can use the same card all day long and make more savings with more journeys. Remember to touch the card during every entrance and exit on the yellow reader at the beginning and end of every Tube.
As the fares are higher during the peak hours of 6.30 am to 9.30 am and 4 pm to 7 pm on weekdays, avoid travelling at those times. Also, if you are travelling around London for more than 4 consecutive days, then you may be able to save more with a weekly ticket.
4. Hop on a bus
Seen here, there, almost everywhere most of the times, buses offer a scenic way of getting around London. You can hope on one without much ado and what’s more they’re quite easy on the pocket as well. A single fare costs £1.50 only and if you make a second bus journey within an hour of travel, you don’t have to pay anything at all. You can also get a pass made for unlimited bus travel with the contactless card which costs £4.50 only.
And so, if you have been delaying your visit to this spectacular city thinking it would be too expensive to stay here and get around, then you must know by now that it’s not entirely true. For affordable accommodation, it is possible to scoop a really good deal in bed and breakfast in London if you keep an eye out. For exciting offers on stay, food and beverage deals and other discounts, check out The LaLiT London’s page on our website. Happy travels!