Tips for getting around the UK for less

Train Station London

Heading to the UK on a short break or extended stay? Whether you’re city-hopping or exploring the Great British countryside, there’s sure to be one serious drain on your resources: transport.

Instead of scrimping on what you do during your trip, simply get savvy with how you travel. Here’s how to save pounds on getting around the UK.

Take the bus

Whether you’re travelling around a small seaside resort or one of the UK’s largest cities, taking the bus is often the easiest and cheapest way to get around. Bus operators like Stagecoach offer a range of different tickets that can save you money depending on how often and how far you’d like to travel.

London BusFor example, a day ticket is a great option if you’re making multiple journeys, as it can often cost less than buying multiple single tickets. Carnets, week and family tickets can also save you money so always do your research before you buy. If in doubt, you can always ask the bus driver for further advice.

Get an Oyster card

London may be notoriously expensive, but there are ways you can reduce your travel expenditure. An Oyster card is a great option, as it’s a prepaid card that allows you to pay for your journeys on the London Underground and buses.

All you do is load up your Oyster card with a set amount and tap it on the special sensors at the start and end of your journey. This means you only pay for the distance you travel, which could work out cheaper in many cases. It will also save you the hassle of buying a ticket every time you travel, especially on London busses – which are now cashless.

You can find out more information about Oyster cards on the official site.

London undergroundBook in advance

If you’re staying in the UK for longer and will be visiting multiple cities, one of the easiest ways of travelling is by train. Train fares can be expensive, but you can get the cost of tickets down by booking in advance.

In normal circumstances, you can usually book an advanced train ticket up to three months before you travel. You may be able to sign up to ticket alerts too, which means you’ll receive an email when your train tickets are available to buy for your chosen date.

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