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Exploring London on a Budget

“London” and “budget” don’t typically go together. But fear not! It can be done. Contrary to popular belief, London offers a good amount for those on a tight budget. From theater performances to museums, lodging and transport. Most of these conveniences are not hard to find.

Theater Discounts

Find Cheap Tickets to Any Show

Find Cheap Tickets to Any Show

Going to the theater doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Explore the ticket booths around Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Leicester Square. Want to see a show in the West End? Check out Tkts booths. This half price ticket booth is officially operated by the Society of London Theatre. Royal Court Theatre Company in Sloane Square (Chelsea) offers reduced priced standing room only tickets an hour before each performance. You can also visit the The London Theatre Company to check out discounts and special rates. If you’re going by yourself, catch a major deal by arriving at the theater house 90 minutes before the performance. When people return tickets, the ticket office resells them at bargain rates.

Museums

They’re free! No catch. London is one of the few cities that opens its museums to the public at no cost. Get lost for hours at the Science Museum, the National Gallery, Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum, and the Greenwich Royal Observatory. There’s a museum for every taste. Some museums do ask for a voluntary donation to help preserve the collections. Here is a full list of London Museums.

Lodging

Looking for a cheap stay? Hostels are the way to go. As in most European cities, hostels offer great discounts for visitors staying more than one day. Check out St. Christopher’s Village near London Bridge. Often recognized as a top hostel, St. Christopher’s offers three locations near London Bridge depending on your interests. There is also Astor Museum Inn. Astor Museum is conveniently located near the British Museum, Covent Garden and Oxford Street. Of course, a hostel might not suit you- especially if you’re traveling with family. In that case, research hotels in advance- and consider traveling in the off season.

More Than Just a Museum

More Than Just a Museum

Getting Around

The London Underground is one of the best public transportation systems in the world.  Buying the Oyster card greatly reduces your cost per ride on the tube and buses. If you don’t want to hop on the tube, London is a perfect city for walking. Check out these walking guides. New London Tours provides free guided walking tours, which last 2-2 1/2 hours and give a humorous and historical look at prominent sites. Take a stroll along the River Thames or relax in a beautiful park. Once you start exploring the city, it’s hard to stop.

Getting Around While Abroad

You’ve just arrived in a new country and can’t wait to explore the city.  One problem, how do you get to town? When I arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport this morning, the first thing I worried about (besides the exchange rate) was how to get across town. My fears quickly subsided when I discovered London’s convenient Underground Metro system. Normally I try to save a few bucks and walk everywhere. Not only is it good exercise, but it’s a great way to acclimate oneself to a new city. There are some places, however, where it’s worth your while to hop on public transportation. Not only will it cut down your travel time, but some stations have a pretty interesting history.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin offers one of the most efficient public transportation systems. Whether you stay a day, a week, or a month it’s easy to take a city bus, the metro (U-Bahn) or the commuter rail system (S-Bahn). Staying a few days? Consider buying a 7 day transit pass. Or the 24 hour or 48 hour Welcome Card. Two-zone passes are required to travel between the Berlin city centre and either Tegel or Schonefelt Airport.

London, England

London's Underground: A Comfortable Way to Travel

London's Underground: A Comfortable Way to Travel

Face it, London is big. You can walk your heart out, but you’ll never cover the entire city. If you really want to get a taste for the different districts, hop on the Underground Tube. It will take you anywhere. For starters, it’s the cheapest way to get from Heathrow Airport to most destinations around London. Your best bet: purchase an Oyster card (at metro stations or grocery stores) for about three pounds and then add money to it. Each time you take the Underground or local buses swiping the Oyster card will automatically deduct money for the ride. During off peak hours (between 9:30am and 430pm) you’ll save nearly 50% off regular cash paying rates.

Moscow, Russia

Need to get somewhere on time? Take the Moscow Metro. Considered the most “precise” subway in the world, the Moscow Metro is a marvel of efficiency, speed, and beauty. 8.2 million passengers pass through the metro daily, making it the second busiest rapid transit system in the world. An added bonus, each subway station features ornate socialist realist architecture worthy of being featured in a museum.

Paris, France

Even the Paris Metro is a Work of Art

The Paris Metro is a Work of Art

Paris is known for it’s artistic influence, love, beauty, baguettes… and metro stations. The Paris Métro is the second oldest subway system in the world, and offers the best city coverage. Each station is only about 500 meters apart. You’ll save if you buy metro tickets in bulk. Some of the Métro stations are worth a visit in their own right. For starters, the Métro’s Art Nouveau entrances are iconic symbols of Paris. Abbesses station (Montmartre) features murals alongside its spiral staircase leading to one of the two original Art Nouveau entrances. The Louvre Museum stop has marble walls lined with exhibits and replicas of art, with glass cases containing various sculptures. The Varenne stop displays exhibits from the nearby Rodin Museum (including a replica of The Thinker). Can’t get to where you want to go via Métro? Just take a bike!

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo’s public transportation system is massive. The transit system combines a light rail, ferry, bus, and the famous, and privately owned, subway lines of Tokyo. Needless to say, if you want to get anywhere in Tokyo, you can do it via public transport. You might just have to shuffle from line to line, to do so. If you’re staying for a couple days and want to see touristy sights, check out the Tokyo value tickets.


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