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    How can I go to London on the cheap?

    I'll be missing BETT this year but I still fancy a trip to London.
    I'd be taking my other half and my two kids.
    I fancy taking them to some of the museums.
    It would be either a day trip or a one night stay in a cheapish hotel.

    Can anyone suggest a cheap way to do this from the North West?

    I would assume that car would be cheaper than four train tickets but I wouldn't know where to park.

    Anybody have any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Whenever I go back to London I tend to aim for Romford (mainly because I know the area very well). Park up and travel in by Train. All zone travel cards are not too expensive and sure beats trying to get all the way in.

    As for hotels, Wherever I go these days I tend to settle for a Travel Lodge. Clean simple, £50 per night per room (not per person). Does the job - a place to sleep.

    Last time I did it I paid about
    Travel Lodge £50
    Travel Card £10
    Car Park £10 (overnight)
    Plus food and petrol.

    The multistory in Romford is next to the Travel Lodge and both are within 5min walk from the train station.

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    Depends HOW North West you are. Ultimately, car is cheaper (I mean... whyyyy?) but if you contemplate trains you'll soon see they're a huge rip-off. Planes are actually much cheaper, and sometimes even flights that leave the country and re-enter again to another national airport are cheaper than direct national flights!

    Cheapest solution is to start walking several weeks in advance but isn't so practical :P

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    Some people do get up early don't they. I didn't think there would be any replies yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friez View Post
    if you contemplate trains you'll soon see they're a huge rip-off.
    Depends how long it is till he wants to go...you can get good deals a whiel before, and normally some sort of family discount
    Just picked some random dates in Feb from Runcorn to Euston and its £78 for a family ticket (return) - probably not as cheap as driving no but not excessive and a lot less hassle

    Hotels I cant recommend so much - I rarely stay since Im quite close and if I do its a grotty place near Victoria
    But the general idea of a Travelodge outside central would be Ok. Again could be cheap if you do it in advance

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    been looking at taking my kids +other half to do the sights - from Gloucester the train fare alone was going to be around £120.00
    to stay in a decent central hotel for ONE night was £150 minimum per night.
    Visiting attractions and eating was going to add on at least another £150.

    We decided it was far too much and have booked up a cottage in cornwall for less.....

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    I go by megabus which costs a £1.50

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Depends how long it is till he wants to go...you can get good deals a whiel before, and normally some sort of family discount
    Just picked some random dates in Feb from Runcorn to Euston and its £78 for a family ticket (return)
    Which site did you use for this?

    That seems a price worth paying compared to the hassle of driving and finding parking!

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    What on earth makes you want to come to London for a 'short break'?! It's vile!

    So many much much nicer places to go

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    @reggiep:
    National midnight express (Bus) for webman and me £61:30 return for the pair of us but we are coming back the same day not stopping over.
    You can get weekend deals including accommodation from local bus companies though may be worth a try.

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    Bus does sound slightly worse than the walking option!

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    If you can get yourself to a major train station they normally do deals on trips to London. I know it used to be £17 from Edinburgh to London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @reggiep:
    National midnight express (Bus) for webman and me £61:30 return for the pair of us but we are coming back the same day not stopping over.
    You can get weekend deals including accommodation from local bus companies though may be worth a try.
    When I used to live in Barking, just after my parents moved to Lowestoft, I got the National Express from Victoria to Lowestoft. A journey of about 2 hours by car, possibly 3 hours by train, took 8 hours by bus. It was the most uncofortable, horrendous journey of my life. Yes spending 6-8hours (can't remember exact) on a plane to Egypt was more enjoyable! I swore never to do this again. Always willing to spend the extra on a train! Now I drive.

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    I always drive to London. There is a tube station called Stanmore right next to Junction 4 of the M1, it costs £3 a day weekdays and a £1 a day weekends to park your car on the carpark attached to the tube station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @reggiep:
    National midnight express (Bus) for webman and me £61:30 return for the pair of us but we are coming back the same day not stopping over.
    You can get weekend deals including accommodation from local bus companies though may be worth a try.
    Leaving at midnight aren't you? You're keen!

    You could always pitch a tent somewhere.

    If you're parking in a tube station car park, for example, and travelling by tube then will your car be safe?

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