Top 12 tips for cheap travel in London

Travel in London doesn’t have to be expensive with these money-saving transport tips.

Transport in London can be affordable and even fun with cheap travel options to suit everyone. Whizz around on Santander Cycles, see the sights from London buses or hop on an off-peak Tube using an Oyster card.

Walking routes that are quicker (and cheaper) than the Tube

1. Love to shop? You can walk between Knightsbridge (the home of Harrods) and fashionable Sloane Square in around 10 minutes - much simpler than swapping lines at South Kensington. 


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2. Don’t fall into the trap of taking the Piccadilly line between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, it takes just four minutes to walk and you’ll avoid the queues for the lifts at Covent Garden.

3. Instead of hopping on the Northern line for one stop from Charing Cross to Embankment, enjoy the 300m (984 ft) stroll from Trafalgar Square to the Thames.

Use a Santander Cycle for just £2

4. It costs £2 to access Santander Cycles for 24 hours.

5. The first half hour is free each time you hop on a new bike, which means you can make multiple trips in one day and still pay only £2.

Go contactless for the cheapest fare

6. A single fare in central London costs £4.90 when you pay in cash. Use an Oyster or contactless card and pay just £2.40.

7. Use the same card all day long to make the most savings when making multiple journeys. Contactless users benefit from both a daily and weekly cap. 


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8. Don't forget to touch in and out on the yellow reader at the beginning and end of every Tube, DLR and London Overground journey to make sure you get the cheapest fare.

9. Visitor Oyster card users can also take advantage of great savings on London attractions and West End shows.

Hop on a bus

10. Buses don't just offer a scenic way of getting around London – they're easy on the wallet too! A single fare costs just £1.50, while unlimited bus travel on a contactless card costs £4.50.

11. Make the most of the hopper fare, which allows you to make a second bus journey for free within an hour of travel. 


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Stick to off-peak

12. Travel outside of Zone 1 is cheaper in off-peak hours. Save your pennies by avoiding travel between Monday and Friday from 6.30am to 9.30am, and 4pm to 7pm.