Everyone knows that Transport For London is the best travel system in the UK. However, it is not the most luxurious way to travel, though very budget friendly.
With london being one of the most glamorous cities in the world, it is only right you would want to travel in the same manner. Below are some helpful hints to help you see London in the lap of luxury, without tugging on your purse strings.
Walking is often quicker
If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll find that most of the key shopping areas in London’s West End (Bond Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street) are all within walking distance of each other. You can even walk from Harrods in Knightsbridge to Sloane Square in around 10 minutes.
It only takes four minutes to walk from Covent Garden to Leicester Square and you’ll avoid the queue for the lifts at Covent Garden. Make the most of the stroll between Trafalgar Square and the Thames.
This way, you can save your money to get that all important taxi home with your shopping bags.
Stick to off-peak travel
Try to avoid travelling in Zone 1 between 6.30am and 9.30am and 4pm and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Contrary to popular belief, an Uber is not always cheaper than a black cab. Be conscious of surcharges at peak times.
It’s worth looking into the Gettapp for black cabs. If you book a fixe fare cab on the app, you will be charged no more than the fare agreed at the time of booking. An uber fare can vary depending on mileage and time spent in the car, so heavier traffic conditions lead to a higher than expected price.
If you’re looking to get the cheapest fares in London, it’s well worth investing in an oyster card, or just using your contactless bank card to travel around. A standard single ticket for the tube in London costs £4.90, while an Oyster payment costs just £2.40.
Alternatively, hopping on the bus is even easier on the wallet. A single bus fare only costs £1.50, while a contactless day ticket costs £4.50. You can also make the most of Hopper fare, which allows you to make unlimited bus or tram journeys for free within an hour of touching in.
Hopefully the above provided you with a few tips to get yourself around London in the most luxurious way possible, while still sticking to your travel budget. If you’re in the process of planning your trip to London, book your train tickets with nationalrail.com for the best deals on cross country travel.