Ideas for cheap train travel:
Young Person’s Railcard: If you are 26 years old or younger or a full time student, you can buy a Young Person’s Railcard. This will gives you a 1/3 discount every time you buy a train ticket, so it is worth getting one if you intend to travel a lot in the UK. You can buy one at most stations in the UK.
Buy a return ticket: Return tickets are usually cheaper than two single tickets. If you are travelling to and from your destination in one day, you might be able to buy a ‘cheap day return’, which is even cheaper.
Buy your ticket in advance: If you plan to make a long journey, it is often worth buying your ticket a few days, or even weeks before your journey – this will save you money and should ensure you get a seat on the train. The tickets you can buy in advance include Saver, Super Saver and Apex tickets. For some of these tickets, you will need to book the time of train you will travel on – your ticket will not be valid if you travel on a different train.
Travelcards/season tickets: If you are intending to travel around in London or any of the major cities, it will probably be cheaper to purchase a travelcard. A one-day travelcard allows you unlimited travel for one day, and normally works out to be the price of three journeys! In London, you can buy an offpeak travelcard for Mondays-Fridays after 9.30am, or weekends. You can also buy a travelcard for weekdays before 9.30am, but these are much more expensive. You can also buy travelcards/season tickets for longer periods, e.g. a week, a month, a year, for travel in lots of towns/cities in the UK.
Ask for help: Ask at the train station which would be the best ticket for you – do compare the costs of the different types of tickets available.
Train stations in Canterbury
Train stations in London
Buses and Coaches
Sometimes you need to travel in areas where there are no buses or trains. In this case, always get a quote before taking a journey of more than 8 miles: prices can vary a lot between different firms. Taxis are often thought to be expensive, but if a group of people use a taxi together, and divide the cost, the price will work out quite favourably. For your own safety, you should only travel in a registered taxi. Do not enter a car if you cannot see a taxi sign, even if the driver offers you a cheaper fare.
Accommodation in the UK
Youth Hostels: The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) organisation provide dormitory accommodation (where you share a bedroom with 1 or more others) at cheap rates in many locations around the UK.
In return for a cheap bed, you will be expected to do a variety of ‘chores’ such as cleaning. You do not need to be a ‘youth’ (young person) to use a youth hostel. Visit YHA’s websites to find out more about youth hostels in England and Wales or Scotland or Northern Ireland.
YMCA & YWCA: You may also find YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) and other hostels near where you are staying. They provide cheap and convenient accommodation. You do not need to be a young person or Christian to use one of these hostels.
Camp Sites: If you intend taking a long break, camping can be both fun and cheap. It might be worth buying a cheap tent, and then selling it at the end of your stay. Or you may be able to either hire or borrow a tent. Your local library may have a list of sites. You should always camp on a campsite, not on the roadside.
Bed & Breakfast: This is often called B&B, and is one of the cheapest forms of accommodation. You will normally have your own room (sometimes in a residential house) and will be provided with breakfast the following day. Call in to your local tourist office for a list of available B&B accommodation.
Hotels: Hotels will usually cost several times the B&B rate, but are more luxurious.