If you’re thinking of travelling from Canada to London, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank while you’re there. London isn’t known for being cheap, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many activities and tricks you can employ to make it more affordable.
In this article, we will discuss valuable money-saving tips for Canadian travellers for a smooth and hassle-free journey.
Connecting Canadians and Londoners through shared travel experiences
Travelling to London on a budget can be a smart choice for Canadians looking to explore a city with strong linguistic and historical ties. London is not only a popular destination for Canadians, but Canada is also one of the favourite destinations for Londoners. Canada’s natural beauty, cultural diversity, outdoor activities, historical ties, and adventure opportunities make it an interesting destination for Londoners seeking new experiences and a chance to explore a different part of the world.
If you’re a Londoner planning to visit Canada, it’s important to note that you will need to obtain an eTA Canada before your trip. This requirement ensures smooth entry into Canada and is a simple online process that can be completed prior to your departure. On the other hand , Canadians who want to visit London should also make sure about the entry requirements to ensure a good trip from the beginning.
Make use of your feet and public transport
London is not somewhere you’ll need a car, so don’t worry about renting one. For London residents a mixture of their feet and public transport is all they need, and if you’re visiting from Canada, you can manage the same. Indeed, you can combine your tourism with walking, as there are many fascinating walks you can take to see the city sights.
If you need to go further afield then London has a 24-hour bus service, a range of black cabs, and of course the London Underground all offering relatively affordable and convenient travel. If you plan to use them, consider investing in a Visitor Oyster Card. You can organise it ahead of time and may be able to make the most of some special offers.
Visit the back streets and avoid chains
If you’re planning to try and save money, you’ll want to avoid the big chains. Of course, you’ll find all the big names you’re used to seeing when it comes to everything from getting a meal through to finding somewhere to sleep. But if you go off the beaten path you’ll find a range of hotels, B&Bs, cafes, bistros, and restaurants to enjoy throughout your stay.
Not only can this be a great option for saving money, but it will also help stimulate the local economy and you’ll be supporting independent local businesses.
There are still things that are free
A little extra research will yield a great deal of free attractions and experiences that you can enjoy. Of course, having a lovely walk around London in your own time won’t cost you anything, but there are still things that you can do and see as well. For example, a great number of museums and galleries are free at the point of entry and can offer a fascinating way to spend the day.
You can also save money by grouping activities together – so if there’s a travel cost to get to a certain area for example, you’ll save money by lining up your next activity to be something that’s relatively close to the first one. In somewhere as densely packed as London you’ll find a great deal of interesting activities all of which are less than a stone’s throw from each other.
These simple tips can be used together to make your journey to London surprisingly affordable and no less enjoyable because of it. An authentic London experience doesn’t have to be an expensive one, all it takes is a little forward planning.