When you’re visiting London, it pays to do your research. Whether it’s working out the best route from A to B before you get to the Tube station, finding out about opening times, where does and doesn’t welcome children or shopping around for special offers. The same goes for booking your hotel. For example, at one of our London hotels, we recommend booking your room with us at least eight weeks in advance. Also, you’ll always pay the best price when you book direct through our website.
Before you travel, visit TfL to work out whether a daily, weekly or monthly Travelcard would be better value than paying for individual journeys with pay-as-you-go. If you do use pay-as-you-go on the Tube Monday to Friday, travelling during off-peak times (09:30 - 16:30 and after 19:00) will save you money. You can also buy an off-peak Travelcard which is valid after 9:30am Monday to Friday and all weekend.
For every adult ticket bought on the Tube, bus, tram, DLR and Overground and most National Rail service, up to four kids aged 0 - 10 can travel for free. 11 to 15-year olds travel for free on buses and trams, and half-price on the Tube, Overground and most National Rail services. Ask at the station for more information or visit TfL for more information.
The London Pass is a big-saver and a one-ticket-accesses-all option. The card allows you in to over 60 tourist attractions in London, giving you fast-track entry and discounts in certain shops and eateries. But, it can also be bought with a transport card, to make life that bit easier. If you’re planning on visiting at least three attractions in a day, it could be well worth the money. A London Pass can be bought for one, two, three, six, or ten days.
Another option is to buy a Combination Ticket that gives you between 20-40% off if you book to see two, three or four of London’s top attractions: The London Eye, Madame Tussards, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, or The London Dungeon. The ticket is valid for 30 days, but it doesn’t come with a Travelcard.
If you’re travelling to or from London to the rest of the UK, you should know that:
• Buying tickets in advance can work out cheaper. Tickets can be bought up to 12 weeks before the date of travel. Thetrainline is a good website to check for tickets, no matter where you’re travelling to or which train company you’re travelling with in the UK.
• Buying two single tickets can sometimes be cheaper than buying a return.
• The cheapest option may be to buy split tickets. This means that, instead of buying one ticket for your whole journey, you buy several tickets for its constituent parts. This may sound complicated and tricky, but there are tools out there to make searching for and buying your tickets in this way much simpler. Try the Money Saving Expert site or the Tickety Split app.
Wondering what on earth an Oyster card is? It’s a smart card that can be used in place of a paper Travelcard ticket.
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