London, with its gothic architecture, fabulous food and sheer elegance, attracts tourists from all over the world. Want to visit this vintage city? Use this short budget guide by Skyscanner that will help you plan your trip without breaking the bank.
London has a charm no other city can match. The UK capital’s magnificent architecture, elegant fashion sense, cultural vibrancy and verdant expanses are tourist magnets. If you have London on your travel bucket-list for long but have never really given it a serious thought, now is the time. Here, we have for you a short budget guide to help you plan your London trip in a better and more pocket-friendly style. Read on.
Flights: Around INR35,000
London is connected with India through many direct and indirect flights. A one-halt flight with a decent transit period for a few months down the lane would cost you around INR35,000. To lay your hands on the cheapest air tickets, make sure you sign up for Skyscanner’s Price Alerts and find the cheapest air tickets. This free tool tracks real time flight prices and notifies you when the price of your flight changes. For more tools and tips to hack your flight fare, click here.
Visa: Around INR9,000
The UK Visa is not the easiest to get but if you follow the procedure, it won’t be such a task. A Standard Visitor visa, gives you six-month access to the UK and costs GBP93 (around INR8,700). You can apply for this visa maximum 3 months before you travel. It takes around 3 weeks to be processed so make sure you don’t wait too long to apply it once your trip dates have been tentatively decided. For more details on the application process, click here.Find flights to London
Accommodation: Around INR15,000
Staying in London can get expensive, especially if you are tempted to stay close to the centre. However, if you do your research well (and are lucky enough), you might grab an amazing deal. On Skyscanner, you can search hotels, apartments, hostels and other accommodation, compare and book them directly through to the hotel or travel agent website. No fees are added to your stay by booking with us.
Tip: If you are choosing a hostel for your stay, make sure there is free Wi-Fi and a guest kitchen.
Internal travel: Around INR5,000
You will end up walking a lot in London. And when we say a lot, we mean it. Why? Because everyone does it, it’s healthy and convenient. Other popular modes of transport include the underground tube, buses, taxis and ferries.
The best and the most convenient way to travel in London definitely has to be the London Underground. It is spread across London and is the quickest way to reach places. Before you hop onto it, make sure you arm yourself with an Oyster Card – an electronic smartcard you can charge with credit and spend as you travel on most of the public transport options in London. It will cost you a deposit of GBP5 to buy it and you could load it as and when needed. The other option is to find out which zone (out of 6) will you be travelling in the most and buy a 7-day unlimited travel credit for it. For example, the Zone 1-2 unlimited access for a week costs GBP34.10 (around INR3,000).
The other cheap option to travel around London is the bus (single fare costs around GBP1.5 or INR135) or rent out a bicycle which costs around GBP2 or INR200 for a day.Find flights to London
Food: Around INR5,000
London is not only a city housing restaurants that offer sweeping city views and the finest cuisines from all around the world, but it is also a heaven for those seeking budget treats. There are loads of eateries that promise you a tummy-full of delicious meal in GBP5 or less. Head to The Mac Factory or the Barbican Express for some delicious and filling cheap eats such as cheesy mac and cheese and chicken tikka wrap. On days when you feel like indulging your sweet tooth, make sure you eat the candy floss and ice cream combination at the Milk Train some fun bubble waffles at Nosteagia.
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Things to do: Free
London has so many activities that it promises not a single dull moment. However, if you are fearing that having too many on your ‘to-do’ list will only stretch your holiday budget more, you are wrong. That’s because the city has a long list of free things to do. History lovers will be happy to know that most major museums in London offer free entry. These include British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Tate Modern, among many others. The iconic changing of guards at the Buckingham Palace and the entry to the famous London parks including Hyde Park, Royal Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Park are all free too. Want more? Head to one of the many vibrant street markets or enjoy amazing street performances, all for free – only in London.
So, here is the total expense of your trip:
Internal travel: INR5,000
Things to do: Free
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Note: Information and data provided on this page is correct as of 25 June 2018.