The best way to explore any city, especially if you are a budget traveler is, of course, walking. However, if you don’t feel up to a long walk but you still want to travel inexpensively, then you should try these ways:
This is what the Londoners call their subway, and another variant is the Underground. London metro is the oldest underground system in the world. It is also one of the biggest, containing 11 lines, leading from the center of the city to the distant suburbs. The subway in London is open from 5:30 am until midnight. Since 2015, the subway started working 24 hours on weekends (from Friday morning till Sunday night).
The cost of the ride depends on where you are going (there are six transport zones in London). For example, a ride in zone 1, where most of the touristic sights are, will cost you ₤4,70. If you are planning to use the Tube more than once, there are options to decrease the amount you’ll pay. You can get a travel card, an unlimited transport pass, for 1 or 7 days. The price varies from ₤7, 30 to ₤31, depending on the amount of days, transport zones and the time of the day you wish to travel.
However, the most economical way is to use an Oyster Pay As You Go card. You don’t need to buy tickets, just load it with cash and you are good to go. To use it, all you have to do is rub it on yellow dots at the turnstiles, and you will get the lowest fares possible: ₤2.20 for one Tube ride. It is even cheaper than the day travel card! You will have to pay an additional deposit of ₤5 when you get the card, but you can get it back when leaving the city. Plus, if you don’t use all the money that you have put on the card, you can get it back so long as the amount is less than ₤10.
Buses in London are cheaper than the Tube, and you will also get an advantage of some sightseeing while traveling from one place to another. Also, it is the only means of transport late at night. Like with the tube, you can buy a ticket for ₤2.40 or use an Oyster card and ride for ₤1.45. It’s your choice!
The London Overground is a suburban rail network. It runs through 21 of 33 London boroughs. If you are staying on the outskirts of the city, then the Overground train is your way to London.
Another great and cheap way to get around London is by bicycle from the Barclays Cycle Hire. You can pick one up at any docking station and leave it at any other. Fares are ₤1 per hour, ₤2 per day and ₤10 per week. You will need your credit card to pay the rent.
GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT
If you are on a small budget and can’t afford a taxi from the airport, there are other ways to get to and from Heathrow or Gatwick airports. There are trains, which run from and to the airports. They are called Gatwick Express and Heathrow Express. Getting from Heathrow airport will cost you ₤21, and from Gatwick, ₤17,70 per ride. However the cheapest way, although not the fastest, is taking a tube to the airport. It will cost you from ₤3 to ₤5,50, depending on the method of payment and the time of travel.
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