How to Get Around London on the Cheap

Visiting London can be an expensive trip, so establishing a budget and finding bargains when you arrive will help you get around London on the cheap. The added pressures of escalating exchange rates will make a visit, for example, from the U.S., even more expensive, so finding cheaper alternatives for transport will be a welcome saving for your London trip.


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    Familiarize yourself with the city's boroughs and specifically the area where you will be staying.
    • You can use a street map, or an online map search engine, to establish where in the city you will be staying and the distance you are from the major tourist attractions you want to visit.
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    Find a local provider of Transport for London tickets or travelcards, since your first bargain purchase will be an Oyster Card.
    • Traveling around London with an Oyster Card will give you access to the cheapest option of transportation methods and the Oyster Card is accepted citywide on buses, boats and the London Underground, known by the locals as "the tube."
    • Each of these options are easy to navigate and transport in London runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
    • You add money to your Oyster Card at the beginning of your trip, and it awards discounts and charges you only for your exact journey. It also seamlessly includes transfers from buses to tube trains.
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    Seek out your nearest Tube Station.
    • The Tube is the cheapest and most reliable form of transportation and runs from around 6 a.m. until around 1 a.m., depending on the line or the station.
    • There are 287 tube stations in London that accept the Oyster Card, with a high concentration in central London. If you are staying anywhere in central London, there will be a tube station less than 10 minutes away.
    • The Transport for London website offers a tube station search facility to find the nearest subway station to any location in the city. When you find a tube station, you can easily locate the closest bus stop by using the comparison bus-tube maps at the station's entrance.
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    Follow the Transport for London Tube Guide to your destinations and always plan ahead.
    • Making a plan for transport will save you unnecessary expenses, wasted trips on the tube and doubling back on your journey.
    • Make good use of the Tube Map, which is available throughout the city and online, and use the Transport For London website, which is run by the British government and the London Metropolitan Transport Police.


  • Follow the directions on the Transport for London website, since they work in unison with the transport police and The London Underground, and they might redirect passengers around repair work or track closures.
  • If you are in the center of London, talk to your hotel concierge to see if walking to your destination is an option. Attractions in London might look far apart on the map, but are easy to walk to with the right directions.


  • The Tube Map is not to scale, so two stations that look close together may be far apart. The tube map is designed to represent the order of the stations and the train lines between. Never use the tube map to navigate above ground.

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