Travelling to London by train or public transport does not need to be as expensive and as stressful as people imagine. The most important way to ensure a productive and enjoyable trip is to plan your journey well in advance. Not only will this save you a considerable amount of money but it will also ensure that if you travelling into London for a specific reason that you are able to get there without any hiccups.
It is vital to book train tickets as soon as possible in order to ensure the best possible rates on tickets can be achieved. Depending on where you are travelling from, will affect the destination station in London. Most train services operate into the main terminals such as St Pancras and Paddington. If you are looking for overnight accommodation to go with your travel then choosing a hotel near to one of these stations will set you in good stead. There are often many special offers running for Paddington hotels, for example.
Once inside London, there are many different ways to get around the city using trains, the underground and buses. Again, planning your days and being prepared is the best way to save money. Whilst the tube is a quick and efficient way to travel, if you can keep the number of tube journeys to a minimum you will save money overall. Look up the places that you plan to visit and try to group visits by area; lots of London’s main attractions are located together. Often it can seem necessary to get the tube to a certain place but it would only be a ten or fifteen minute walk. Once you have an idea of your itinerary, look up the most cost-effective method of travel such as Oyster card, or tour bus etc.
Booking accommodation close to a main station, opens the city of London to you. It provides a base to efficiently explore the city without wasting more time than needed on tube journeys. There are many famous attractions close to Paddington including the Serpentine Lake and Madame Tussauds, though these attractions are technically closer to other tube stations, they can be reached on foot from Paddington. The main shopping area Oxford Street is also near by, making Paddington the perfect base from which to explore the sights of the city, and enjoy the rich variety of shops, restaurants and bars that characterise the capital city.