Cheap ways to get to London

In order to save money on your way to London, you have to be knowledgeable about your options. There are several ways to get to London and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

Train: If you live close to a train station like I do, it might be easier for you to travel by train. Here are somethings you should know.
  • If you are traveling with 3 or more people, you can get discounted tickets, see the ticket window for more information.
  • If you are traveling with a family, you can get a family and friends rail card which can save you money.
  • If you are in a couple, consider the two together rail card. It has been worth the money for me.
  • Travel off-peak hours and on weekends, to save money.
  • If you travel by train, you can get 2 for 1 admission to some of the tourist attractions with proof of your train ticket.
  • If you are going from Cambridge, go to Liverpool St instead. You could save as much as £15 per person. I have just moved out to the outskirts of Cambridge, and catching the train from Waterbeach to Liverpool St is still cheaper. I have to purchase my tickets this way: Waterbeach to Cambridge and Cambridge to Liverpool St. Tickety Split is a tool can give you an idea how to do this.
  • You can also take the coach. It does take about 2 hours but only cost me £8 and dropped me off at the Victoria Station in the centre of London. Check out the National Express for more details. I always suggest coaches when someone is visiting as they only have to get on one bus and very comfortable. Also accommodates those that do not know how to pack light!
  • Get an Oyster card. It only charges you the amount for your journey and if you are like me and can't be bothered to figure which zones I will be going to. It also has a ceiling amount of how much you will be charged per day- you will never pay more than a travel card but can pay less! You can top up at stations when you run out :) It can save you up to 50% of travel costs.
  • You can drive to Epping or Red Bridge and cut out the train ride. Just watch out and make sure you park where you are allowed to. I have heard of people getting their car clamped. I park off the High Street in a parking lot in Epping as the station lot gets filled up quickly. Parkopedia can help you locate a place to park.
  • There is no congestion charge on the weekends after 18:00 Friday and before 07:00 on Mondays and on public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day inclusive, or between 18:00 and 07:00. The congestion charge is only for the very centre of London near Westminster.
  • There is a carpark on Lower Thames Street which is right across from the Tower of London.  It would be considerably cheaper if you are coming down in a car full of people and more convient.
Don't let the costs of getting there put you off of seeing London!

All the Best!

American to Britain