England budget travel guide, tips and tricks for cheap travel:
would find England to be expensive than many other countries
in Europe. Especially travel and hotels. Here are some tips
that will save you some money.
from airport by Train or Coach/Bus: Taxis are very
expensive way to travel by from the airport. Best to take train
/ national express coach from airport to your destination. All
airports in London are reasonably well connected by train /
in a B&B rather than a hotel: Hotels tend to be more
expensive than B&Bs.
away from Central London hotels: London has a good
tube/metro transport system. So even if you stay outside Zone
1&2, you can still reach central London in few minutes.
Staying away would be cheaper.
travel in advance: As a thumb rule, train / low cost
airline / bus tickets bought at last minute would be more expensive.
See my Travel Planning Tips.
Travel at off peak times: As a thumb rule travelling
towards London in the morning is more expensive. Look out for
fares at slightly later times. Consider buying one of the train
money in your own country: Typically this would be
cheaper than changing in England.
camcorder mini DV tapes and spare batteries from your country:
I have seen these to be more expensive in England. E.g. I chose
to buy a Sony battery in the USA for USD 59, it was costing
USD 75 in the UK.
electronic items like camcorders, digital cameras from your
own country: Again these are more expensive in the
UK. However travellers can claim back VAT (17.5 %) while leaving
the country, avoid the hassle. UK records and watches PAL type
a converter plug / voltage transformer from your country:
UK uses 3 square pins sockets and 220 volts.
Buy budget travel insurance before you travel to cover for every eventuality
a pass if you want to visit multiple attractions: Consider
buying one of the attractions passes.
your London travelcard: Study what zones you are travelling
in, if you have chosen to stay in central London and planning
to go to attractions there, only zone 1 tube pass may suffice.
If you find later than you want to go out, you can buy extensions
- it may be slightly costly in that case.