Money Saving Tips for London
As “Hamlet” is approaching and many people will travel to London for the play, here some tips to save money from someone who planned quite a few London trips lately.
Get yourself an Oyster Card. It costs 3£ and will save you a lot of money. Top it up as you go with the amount of money you like, 10/15/20£ etc. It’s cheaper than getting a ticket for every single trip you make.
Also, do NOT get a Day Travel Ticket. No matter how often you use public transport or how many zones you travel in, the Oyster card is cheaper as there are Daily Caps. Once you reach this cap within 24 hours (4:30-4:30) you will not be charged anymore.
Example: Daily Cap for Zone 1-2 : 6.40£ Day Travel Card Zone 1-4: 12£
Daily Cap for Zone 1-4 : 9.20£
Daily Cap for Zone 1-6 : 11.70£ Day Travel Card Zone 1-6: 17£
For further information on daily cappings etc. check here
If you plan to do a lot of Sight Seeing, do consider getting a London Pass. If you plan your day a bit, it can save you a lot of money.
Example: Visit Tower of London, Tower Bridge Exhibition,Shakespeare’s Globe and Westminster Abbey in one day.
London Pass for one Day: 46.80£ Total for entries without the pass: 67£
The 67£ is the total for all entries without concessions. But even if you can get concessions on tickets, the London Pass helps you save money. In November I visited myself and did The Tower of London, The Tower Bridge Exhibition, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare’s Globe and The London Museum with the Sherlock Holmes exhibition in one day. It worked fine and even the concession tickets would have been more expensive than the pass.
Remember to get your pass via visitlondon.com as only there you will get it for 46.80£ (it’s 15% off the original price).
If you want to visit Madame Tussauds or the London Eye (not included in the Pass), do book your tickets in advance. Online you can check for the best offers and time slots will help you getting in faster.
Free things to do
London has a lot of free attractions to visit. Many great museums offer free entry and the London Parks are a real highlight in summer.
Check visitlondon.com for a list of free attractions or scan through the 101 free things to do.
If you are on Budget you can also find a whole lot of useful information here
I hope this helps some of you and if you have other tips, feel free to add them.