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Planning a trip to London on a Budget

Planning a trip to London on a Budget

Traveling to London is always a good idea. Wait!!! a big question? Are you planning a trip to London on a Budget?
A good news for all the readers here! You can visit London on a Budget!

“Big City on a Small Budget”

Here are some tips which will help you in saving your money.

Tips to Travel London on a Budget:

  • Best Time to go London

London Calling….. It doesn’t matter which month you plan to visit, it’s always beautiful. Summers have long days with crowded tourist all around and everything on its peak. Spring and Autumn are cooler and prices may vary according to its demand. Winters are chilly with shorter days and with fewer tourist. Best time to book yourself on a Budget is around Christmas. In Between November and December. This is the best time to stay in budget. When the city is less crowded and Christmas decore worth the city twice the time.

Planning a trip to London on a Budget

  • Book Budget Flights for London

This can save a lot of money. Budget flights are one of the top tips which can save a lot.

If you flying from U.S.A. always check some great deals from my top 2 budget airline NORWEGIAN and WOW

And if you traveling from Europe do check Ryanair and Are Lingus 

Planning a trip to London on a Budget

P.S. from Europe you can hardly get some offers starting from 20 euro 

  • Airport Transfer to London on a budget

Traveling from any of the airports towards city center London, there is two cheapest medium for airport transfer.  Airport transfer Buss and underground tubes. Both are cheap and easy to get. But in my opinion, always use the London Underground Tube/Train for the quick transfers. Only con is that you need to handle a lot of steps down towards underground.Whereas, using bus disadvantage is high traffic on peak timing which may cause unnecessary tiredness at the beginning of your holidays.

Planning a trip to London on a Budget

  • Transport for London on a budget

To stay on budget while you visit London there are two options London Travelcard or Visitor Oyster Card. These cards can be used in underground tubes, overground trains, Buses, and trams. How to select among two of them? Below a quick description:

Planning a trip to London on a Budget

London Travelcard

Travelcard is valid for a single day or seven days.

  • Estimate credit you need!

One day estimated for Adult £12.30 / Seven days estimated from Adult £33.00

It will not cover transfer from the airport.

Click here to for more information

Visitor Oyster Card

Visitor Oyster card is a pay as you go card. You can order this card online and get it before you arrive in London. Top up whenever you needed.

  • Estimate credit you need!

*1-2 days requires £20 card will usually cover a return journey from Heathrow plus travel around Central London

*3 days? Buy a £25 card for a return journey from Heathrow and travel around Central London.

It covers Heathrow and Gatwick airport for transfer.

Click here to order online.

  • Location of Hotel

Choose Central London to stay area like South Kensington, Bloomsbury or at Victoria. It covers most of the tourist attractions. Book hostel, hotel or Airbnb near the tube line for easy access e.g. zone 1. To stay in a budget book from Airbnb click here to find the suitable hotel.

Planning a trip to London on a Budget

  • Free Walking Tour

Best to way to discover any place is to avail walking tour. The more you walk more you discover and feel the real essence of the city. To book a perfect London walking tour in a day Click here which cover all the tourist attraction you need to see in London.

Via Tripadvisor

  • London Attraction Passes

Staying on Budget means you need a lot of searches before you arrive at your destination. If you have more than 2 or 3 attractions on your mind to visit, then London Pass is the best option. It includes 1-day bus tour, Thames River Cruise, fast-track access, free entry to 80 attractions and lots more special discounts available. But wait! Do check places you want to visit includes in free attractions or not. Click here to see.


If you have a limited time book hop on and hop off and with a combo of attractions, it’s always cheaper. Click here to see which one suits you best. 

Always check online 1st, there are ongoing saving options available on the website.

Hope these tips help you for your next trip to LONDON on a Budget. Don’t forget to share and Pin it!!

*Disclaimer: this is not paid review all based on my personal experiences


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  1. Nicole

    These are really great tips! My sons godmother lives in London and we have always wanted to go and visit her. I’ll definitely keep these in mind when we finally find the time to go. Thanks for sharing!

  2. GiGi Eats

    Oh man, I went to England in Dec/Jan… and it was FRIGID and also, a lot of stuff was closed, so I won’t lie – it was actually a rather BORING trip! hahaha!

    • travelmyjourney

      Thanks for honest comments.. London is bit different and try to book early November to early December.

  3. Mama Writes Reviews

    This is fantastic! These are great tips. Thank you so much.

  4. tara pittman

    Great info to know if I get a chance to go to London. How long of flight is it from the USA?

    • travelmyjourney

      Tara! from JFK to Gatwick around 6h 30 min non-stop, which is pretty not bad for Europe

  5. Rachel

    Thank you for these tips!! We so wanted to visit London! I cant imagine how beautiful it would be during the holidays! I bet spectacular!

  6. Claire

    This guide is perfect, I will be planning to go to London so I am saving this! Looks so fun, can’t wait.

  7. bernadette

    I would love to go to London. It is on our travel bucket list.

  8. Tiffany

    I have seen so many friends heading to London lately and it seems amazing. It’s at the top of my list of places to go so it’s great to know it doesn’t need to break the bank to get there.

  9. kelly hutchinson

    Going to London is definitely on my travel bucket list. The Visitor Oyster Card sounds like a great thing to get while we are there.

  10. owen kelly

    Free walking tours always save me a lot of money <3 awesome tips!

  11. Lisa

    London is on our list of places to go to. This is a great list. I am going to save it in hopes I can put it use one day.

  12. Bismah Bonnie

    I have only ever been in the London Heathrow airport for a stopover. I am hoping to visit London in the near future with my family. This will be so helpful when travelling there as well as while touring sites.

  13. Dina Demarest

    I love to visit London! Your guide is one of the best guides I saw and would love to use it soon!

  14. Thao Nhi

    I love England in general, especially London – gosh I’ve been into it since I was a kid! Unfortunately I can’t visit London at the moment but hopefully I’ll be able to in the future, and I guess that’s the time when these tips prove to be efficient! Thanks a lot for your detailed post, and merry (early) Christmas!

  15. Tina Gleisner

    Great tips & I know we’ll be visiting London in the next 2 years, so they’re sure to come in handy. Thanks for sharing

  16. Thu Nguyen

    Luckily, me and my university friends are planning a 5-day trip to London. You are giving us such great and vital tips we are looking for. Thanks for your tips and those beautiful picture. I really can’t wait to get to London.

  17. Kristi McAllister

    London is on my bucket list and you’ve certainly listed a lot of ways in which I can save money! Also, I love the idea of going in the cooler months, so that’s for the heads up on the fact that there are less tourists then! Not as crowded 🙂

  18. Inger

    I would love to visit at Christmas time. We went to Germany at Christmas time and it was just so quaint and enchanting. I bet London’s the same.

  19. Tiffany

    Great tips! I definitely want to visit London. The London Pass seems like a good choice. I always like to visit as many attractions as I can.

  20. Stephanie JEannot

    I so want to visit London. I seems like such an amazing place to go. I would love to take that free walking tour. Sounds cool to get a chance to see the sights and be informed about the history of it. Cool!

  21. Lisa

    I love these ideas. I am going to save them for when I go to London which I hope is one day.

  22. Miljana

    This is the best quide I’ve ever read! 🙂

  23. Fatima Torres

    One of my goals in life is to visit London — with or without the kids. Thanks for the tip to do an airport transfer. I wouldn’t have thought about that.

  24. krissie

    Sound advice here i’m chuffed to read this as i’m going to London in 4 weeks, thanks

    • travelmyjourney

      Hope it is helpful for you! Enjoy your trip in London


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