In spite of London being an expensive city in some respects, a vacation to London can actually be very inexpensive. Keep reading for some great tips on keeping the cost of your London vacation low.
Take advantage of the cost savings of a Travel Card or Oystercard when getting around on transit. This will cap your daily transportation costs, no matter how many times you ride the system. See our section on Fares for more information.
Enjoy the many free things there are to do in London. These would of course include visiting and exploring some of London's many parks, as well as the incredible architecture of the many historic buildings, palaces and cathedrals found throughout the city. Also there are so many world class museums and art galleries in London that have free admission. Major ones include:
- The British Museum
- The Museum of London
- The Natural History Museum
- The Science Museum
- The HMS Belfast
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery
- The Wallace Collection
You can also enjoy some of the neighbourhood walks featured in our site.
For visiting many other popular attractions, purchasing The London Pass allows you to experience more than 80 London attractions and activities for no additional cost. Available for 1,2,3,6 or 10 days, the London Pass is not activated until the first time you use it. A 6 day adult London Pass is valid for entry to more than 80 London attractions and costs just £154 and if you enter our exclusive discount code 'TOURBYTRANSIT' at step 4 of the checkout process you'll get an additional 6% off bringing your cost down to only £145. Let's say over 6 days you visit the following attractions:
Windsor Castle @ £20.50; The Kew Gardens @ £15.00; Westminster Abbey @ £22; The Churchill War Rooms @ £17.25, The London Zoo @ £27.04; The London Bridge Experience @ £27.95; Royal Albert Hall @ £13.50; The Tower of London @ £24.80; St. Paul's Cathedral @ £18.00; and The London Transport Museum @ £17; HMS Belfast @ £14.50; and View from the Shard @ £29.95.
That's only 12 attractions, just 2 per day, out of the 80+ available. You'll likely want to see most or all of these attractions anyway and their total adult admission is about £247. Based on this example you would save £102 or 41% off the individual admission prices for each adult. If you're visiting London long enough to take advantage of the 10 day pass or can visit more attractions each day you'll save even more. Child passes are also available with similar savings.
You will also benefit by being able to skip the lines at many attractions, special offers and discounts from a variety of businesses and restaurants, and a FREE 160 page London travel guide. For convenience you can also purchase an optional 6 zone Travelcard with your London Pass, however keep in mind that children under 11 years old can ride transit with you for free as long as you have a valid Travelcard, and therefore don't require the Travelcard option themselves.
If you are planning on seeing many of these attractions anyway, it's to your advantage to purchase The London Pass prior to your vacation.
Dining in London can be expensive, and some of the restaurants near major attractions can be particularly so. For the best values on dining in London check out some of the restaurants in the Mayfair, Soho, Leicester Square and Covent Garden Districts. Check out those districts in our Dining section for some specific recommendations.
London has many hotels to choose from ranging from a simple, but comfortable rooms to large suites. With London's excellent transportation system you can stay in a less expensive hotel that is a little ways from the major attractions and still get to them easily. Try to find something within a short walk of a Tube station. See our picks for London hotels near the Tube to find the best hotel for your needs at a great rate.