Four Ways to Travel Cheap in London
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Four Ways to Travel Cheap in London

LondonÂ’s travel system isnÂ’t all about the infamous and expensive black cabs. There are many other ways of travelling on the cheap in London so grab your A-Z and head to the streets for a low cost way to see the sights of the city.

Take a Stroll

The most obvious method of cheap travel is to walk around the capital: it saves you cash, keeps you fit and it also means you can see more sights that you might otherwise miss.  Nothing is too far away in central London: investigate Oxford Street for the shops, Chinatown for lunch and Soho for the bars, all within easy walking distance from each other and you don’t have to get stuck in traffic!  Or, if you prefer, choose one of the walking tours that are available throughout different areas of the city, that allows you explore the sights and discover a historic London, some of which are even free. For those who have an appetite for a pint, choose a pub walking tour – there are plenty of them!

Rent a Bike

London has seen a recent upsurge in cycling with the introduction of renting cycles from one of the many docking stations scattered throughout London’s boroughs.  The scheme works whereby you pick up a bike, pay for it with a bank card, unlock it and ride away.  When you’ve had enough you simply take it to the nearest docking station to your destination and lock it back up.  This system ensures that you don’t have to return it to its original place but instead you can return it when and wherever you want to end your ride.  It’s a great way not only to see the city on a budget but you also get to see London’s green spaces and canals.  The first thirty minutes are free so you might not even have to spend a penny!

Double Decker Bus

Taking a tour bus in London can be a costly way to see the sights but equally as pleasurable is to simply take one of the many different double decker buses for a fraction of the price: watch the world go by from the comfort of the top deck.  The bus system in London might often be slow if you have to be somewhere to be on time but if it’s just a case of resting your weary feet, it’s the best way to see the highlights of the city.  The bus routes are pretty well connected so changes are easy to make to get back to your destination and the fares are very reasonable in comparison to taking the underground.

Boat on The Thames

Tourist boat cruises offer unique rides along the River Thames but are not always within everyone’s budget. However, there are regular, commuter boat trips that run on the river which are affordable and allow you to take in iconic landmarks.  They can travel a thirty mile route from west through central London and onwards to the east.  You can hop on and off whenever you please so if you fancy visiting a tourist attraction on land, you can pick up another boat later in the day.  Although timetables are regular during high seasons, they won’t run so frequently during the winter months.


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Useful advice about cheap transport in London.

Ranked #16 in England

Thanks Peter...I hope people can take advantage of the advice! London's travel prices seem to go up very quickly!!

Ranked #1 in England

Good information on some of the cheaper alternatives to travel around London.

Thanks for sharing this info, I just saw it.