How to get around, where to stay and is London expensive to visit
These are the three biggest expenses on a holiday.
We’re going to answer your travel burning questions around “is London expensive to visit” and the three most expensive parts of your trip.
How to get from the Airport to London
When you arrive in London, you’ll most likely arrive at Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, or Luton Airport.
If you arrive at Heathrow Airport, you can get the Heathrow Express, which takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will set you back around 22 pounds. Another option is the Piccadilly line to which is between 3 to 5 pounds, but will take a little longer, around 50 minutes.
If you arrive at Gatwick Airport, you can take the Gatwick express, which is approximately 30 minutes and will cost about 20 pounds. There is also the Thameslink Train, which will cost between 8 – 15 pounds, but will stop at multiple underground stations and be slightly longer train trip.
If you arrive at Stansted Airport, they have a Stansted express that will get you into central London in 45 minutes, which cost approximately 18 pounds. Stansted Airport is outside of the Oyster train system, so the other option is the bus, which varies between 2 to 10 pounds, but can take up to 90 minutes to get into London.
Luton Airport dost not have an express line, and it is also out of the Oyster card zone. You will still need to purchase a Luton airport ticket from Kings Cross station and take the train to Luton Airport Parkway and take the connecting Airport shuttle at the train station. The entire trip will take approximately 35 minutes, and the fare is about 13 pounds.
These will make your travel in London more comfortable
How to use the London underground Tube
To use the famous underground tube, you will need an Oyster card, which is pretty much a reusable plastic train ticket. However, you can now use what they call “contactless” and just use your standard bank card as long as it has a chip. The maximum daily cost ranges between 6 to 12 pounds within zones 1 to 6. Most tourists generally stay between 1 and 3, so you shouldn’t really be spending too much.
To get around the London tube, there are apps that you can download and use offline that will help you plan your journey from point A to B and tell you when you need to change train lines.
What area to stay in London
Hotels tend to be a bit more expensive which is why tourist say London expensive to visit. For a moderate hotel, it can cost about 50 – 100 pounds, average hotel around 100 – 150 pounds, and luxury 150 – 350 pounds and above.
There are so many different hotel areas to stay as well, whether you’re looking for nightlife or quiet!
If restaurants and nightlife are what you’re looking for, we would recommend booking a hotel in the West End. These areas are Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, and Mayfair. These areas are a lot pricier.
If you would like something a bit quieter but accessible to everything in central London, we recommend just north of the West End, such as Bloomsbury. This area has walkable quieter streets and is close to the British Museum.
If you want to stay close to the famous tourist sites, South Bank and Bank Side are across the Thames from the West End. You will find numerous London attractions here, such as the London Eye, Tate Modern, and the Shard.
How much does food cost in London?
Food, just like the rest of London, can get pricey as well, but there are relatively cheap options if you’re willing to look. Generally, a meal for two people at an inexpensive restaurant or pub will cost 15 pounds, and a midrange will be 50 pounds. A pint of beer will set you back approximately 5 pounds, and coffee such as a latte will be around 2.5 pounds. However, some supermarkets do excellent premade meals starting from 2 pounds.
We hope we clarified the major expenses in London. Let us know if you’re planning on going and what area you decided to stay in!