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Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

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Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

Can anyone tell me what my husband and I should budget to visit London for 3 days? Aside from the apartment we are staying in, what budget should we plan for tourist spots, food, traveling around on the tube, and travel from Heathrow airport to Kensington??

Thank you!!

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1. Re: Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

Have a look at www.sainsburys.co.uk www.waitrose.com and www.tesco.com where you may (figuratively) stroll through the aisles checking the price of groceries. You need not register at any of the websites, just have a look at what's available.

Have you read the two traveller articles about the two for one offers and (National Rail) Travelcards in the Top Questions about London section? If not you may wish to do so, as there is potential there to save pounds when sightseeing. The nearest National Rail station to your destination may be Victoria; there isn't an NR station at Heathrow airport.

Where have you booked in Kensington? Have you booked with BA from PHX or with another airline? Depending on your destination and the day of the week your flight arrives, you may find the Underground an easy journey from airport to flat; travel during a weekend and planned works might mean a change in that trek.

Travel costs in zones 1 and 2 will be £7 to £7.30 for off peak travel. If you plan to visit sights beyond zone 2, please let us know.

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2. Re: Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

Yes it is BA from Phoenix. Arriving on Tues. Sept 24. The apartment is 130 Queen's Gate Apts. 130 Queens's Gate, Kensington, London SW& 5LE. Our dates in London are Sept. 24-27th

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3. Re: Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

Your flat is about halfway between Gloucester Road and South Kensington stations. I think the journey from Gloucester Road is easier with bags - steps up from train platform to lift, then lift to ticket hall and street level - then a walk along Stanhope Gardens to Queen's Gate.

There is a Waitrose in the arcade next to Gloucester Road station and a massive Sainsbury's in Cromwell Road west of the station; they're the better choices for grocery shopping, although there is a Tesco Express in Old Brompton Road.

If you would like to use the two for one offers (see the traveller articles under Top Questions here: tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g186338-i17-London_… ) you may buy one day paper Travelcards at Victoria, the nearest rail station. If you don't want to use the offers you may buy Oyster cards at Heathrow and load £30 on each card.

The £5 deposit for each card is refundable along with unused PAYG pre-pay; the sums will be refunded when you hand in the cards at a Tube ticket office at the end of your stay. The two for one offers can help save pounds, though, so the initial extra outlay (using PAYG to travel from Heathrow to your flat then on to Victoria) can be minimised by the savings with the offers.

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4. Re: Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

Still having difficulty understanding the difference between the travel card and the Oyster card??

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5. Re: Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

Travelcards are sold at a flat rate for travel on X days, whether one day or one year. One day cards are sold in peak and off peak flavours; seven day and longer cards are sold with no time of day constraints. Peak travel time is from start of service until 0930 on weekdays; off peak starts at 0931 on weekdays and any time at weekends and public holidays.

Oyster is a smart card that has to a great extent replaced paper tickets. Transport for London sell all seven day and longer Travelcards loaded on Oyster; one day cards are still sold as paper tickets. Oyster cards can also be used for PAYG (only) use, with the daily cost capping at the lowest fare for journeys taken and whether peak or off peak.

Those with Travelcard season tickets may keep a bit of PAYG money on them should they wish to travel beyond the paid-for zones of their Travelcards. Paper (one day) Travelcards do not allow this enhancement.

If you wish to use the two for one offers, you will need paper Travelcards bought at a National Rail ticket office. These are on distinctive orange and cream paper stock rather than TfL pink paper, and they will have the NR double arrow log on.

Should you not wish to use the two for one offers, using PAYG on Oyster will give you the freedom to travel when you want, in the zones you want, and pay the lowest fares for those journeys. The off peak cap for zones 1 and 2 PAYG use is £7; a one day off peak Travelcard costs £7.30.

The ticket payment system is more complicated to explain than to use; the addition of the two for one offers doesn't help. Travelcards (whether TfL or National Rail) may be used on all modes of transport in the paid for zones plus buses in zones 1 - 6. PAYG may be used on all modes of transport as well, again with the fares paid depending on where you travel and when.

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6. Re: Cost of Visiting London for 3 days

You could choose only to visit free attractions, such asany museums.

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