This topic is for travelers with budget concerns planning their trip to London. Seasoned European's and travelers probably know this already, this is for the ppl like me who are... Duh.
Since I decided to travel to London, then later added Paris my quest for information or budget related data became an obsession.
I am not rich, just a surbuban housewife doing a solo trip of my dreams. First the air travel.
Air: I originally started on Expedia.com to find air, went back and forth between itineraries and going to Paris or not going to Paris, finally decided so the next morning when i went to book my air, it had went up $200 dollars! I went into panic mode!
Next, I went to Priceline.com and found better flights (translation: no small communter flights or choppy ride in US) and at the original price I had found on Expedia.com.
Hotel, first I settled on a highly recommended affordable hotel, but after scrunching the numbers, I realized I had to cut corners since I had added an expensive eurorail ride to Paris. (Do check dates on various days/weeks and be flexible, rail rates there vary too!)
Rail: My train ended up being $297 one way to Paris, I later found seats in the $148 range and lower, so yep, I was bummed out. I did not know or think rail would be that expensive. Duh (Yes, I'm flying back from Paris to US).
Finally, when looking for another hotel I searched every possible website and decided on a decent/good rated hotel (depending on which site reviews you read), but in my price range with private room, free wi-fi and tv and a 2 Euro breakfast . First site bookings.com gave me a rate of $150 Eruo for 2 nights, but I found the same hotel on Travelstay.com for $73 euro, same type single room, same hotel, same 2 nights! My compromise is that it's further out than I orginally wanted. (I went from the Hotel Bridge to the Bridge Park Hotel). At this point, I don't care if it's not as nice, I'm just hoping for the best. Honestly, I'm just trying to see London and not have to panhandle or worst on the streets to do it. Lol
So do your leg work, compare, and know that you can save a lot of money if you check differnet sites and different dates for each leg of the vacation.
Just my .2