Heading to Britain on your next trip? From bustling London to the picture-perfect Pennines and Cornish coastlines, there’s sure to be plenty of stops on your tour of this magnificent isle.
With so much to see and do, your wallet could take a hit if you don’t plan your getaway properly. Transport is usually one of the biggest drains on your holiday spends. To save money without compromising on your itinerary, take a look at our top tips for travelling around Britain on a budget.
Take the bus
Buses operate across the UK and are one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get around. They’re a great option if you’re visiting multiple attractions. Bus operators like Stagecoach offer day tickets, which allow for unlimited travel in the chosen area on the date specified.
Alternatively, if you will be travelling on multiple days in a given area, a carnet of tickets may be more suitable. These pre-paid single journey tickets are usually available at a discounted rate, although you will have to buy them in bulk.
Consider the coach
Spending a weekend in London before heading off to Manchester then onto Edinburgh? Flights can rack up a hefty bill, no matter how short they are, and you’ll have to face the dreaded queues at the airport.
A more practical — and often cheaper — option is to take the coach. Companies like megabus offer a reliable service between the UK’s major cities. They often have sales where the seats are free — you just pay a 50p booking fee.
Get an Oyster card
If you are visiting London, the tube is often the easiest way to get around. However, day tickets can be expensive depending on the zones you’re travelling in. A more convenient option is to get an Oyster card. Simply load up your card with an amount and tap it on the dedicated readers at the start and end of your journey.
You’ll only pay for the journey from the starting point to the end destination, which can work out cheaper than buying day tickets if you’ve only got a short way to travel.
By saving money on transport, you’ll have even more to spend on the best bit of your trip — sightseeing and soaking up everything the UK has to offer.