money saving tips for UK travel

Money Saving Tips for Travelling Around the United Kingdom

This page is designed to give you the resources and tips you need to know for saving money travelling around the United Kingdom. The best way to save money on your travels around the UK is to book travel and accommodation early and do your research to source the best deal you seek. 


Booking Cheap Train/Bus/Airline Travel across the UK

Booking cheap bus travel in the UK Booking UK Bus Travel

The comparison site Check my Bus is a good starting point to find the best deal.

Megabus offers some great deals (E.g £1 ticket promotions) whilst National Express is the national carrier and can be worth comparing with train/plane travel to get the best deal. Bus travel is usually the cheapest travel option, book in advance to get great deals that will make you smug with how little you have paid!


saving money on train travel in the UK Booking UK Train Travel 

  • Compare train ticket prices on Train GeniusRail Easy and The Trainline
  • Always looking to buy in advance and if possible try travelling during off peak times to get the best deal.
  • Train ticket pricing does not make much sense which means there are things worth trying to save money. Buying two single tickets as opposed to a return ticket can sometimes be cheaper.
  • Splitting tickets  is another way of getting cheaper tickets, this where you have two tickets for the one journey. E.G London to Manchester you may have a ticket for London to Milton-Keynes than Milton Keynes to Manchester even though it is the same journey.
  • Touring UK by Train: Ranger and Rover are tickets you can purchase that allow unlimited travel over a set region of the UK, for more information try this website Railrover


saving money on UK domestic flights Flying to/from London to UK Destinations

Flying to destinations such as Edinburgh from London can save you time and be cheaper than train travel and is worth considering.

To find flights use comparison websites Skyscanner or Liligo.


Save money when booking Accommodation

saving money on hostels Hostels

Hostel BookersHostel World and Hostelz are three websites that all have a large database of Hostels, compare prices to make sure you get the best deal. The Youth Hostel Association has an excellent reptutation and is another option which won't likely be found on the other websites mentioned.


cheap rooms in London Private Rooms/Bed and Breakfasts

This can be a cheap way of finding a great place to stay with a more homely feel. Try Air BnB and 9Flats.


finding cheap hotels in London Hotels

It can be worth hunting the different websites for the accommodation you seek. Hotel Info and Trip Advisor are always worth looking at for the customers ratings of places which they have stayed. Trivago compares hotel prices with other websites so is a good website to start with when looking for a hotel. Some other popular websites worth looking at for hotels include LastminuteHotelsLate Rooms and Booking.

UK Hotels: Further to using the websites listed above Top Rooms is a good source when specifically looking for UK Hotels and accommodation. Budget hotel chains that can be worth looking at are Premier InnTravelodge and EasyHotel.


using daily deals to find great travel deals Finding other Great Travel Deals 

Try all the websites listed above to source the best deal or if open to where you travel, try group buying websites: GrouponLiving SocialWowcher and Mighty Deals Also try Cashback websites: Quidco and Top Cashback.


booking cheap car rental Booking Cheap Car Rental

Use a car rental comparison website to help find the best deal such as Car Rentals, Liligo and Ebookers are all good resources to use.

If you are travelling within the UK and don't own a car you may find it more cost effective to use Zip Car which is a member run service and gives you the convenience of access to a car without the excessive costs in insurance, maintenance, registration and parking costs that occur when owning a car.