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These Airports Offer The Cheapest Flights Into The UK

The UK does not rank very high on the list of affordable destinations, which is why many visitors need every trick and tip to save every dollar or pound possible. For tourists flying in from further destinations, the flight ticket is most likely the priciest item on their trip expenses. At times, the secret lies in finding the cheapest airport to fly into.

Not only does the UK have charming small villages with thatched cottages, rugged hills, and breathtaking cliffs, it also has an efficient public transportation system that makes it easy to fly into other cities and take the train or bus from there to your destination. You are never too far away from the beach and the castles and you would not have to pay hundreds of pounds more for your airfare just to land somewhere closer. Here are the 5 cheapest airports to watch out for when booking your flight.

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London City Airport

This airport not just services bigger and traditional airlines like British Airways, but also lower-cost ones like Iberia. Moreover, it is the closest airport to the City of London, which is why it is even more attractive for those who have business to do there or are planning to explore the city. Other airports might still be cheaper, but you will find yourself in the pub or bar much quicker by landing here.

Birmingham

Right smack in the middle is this city and its perfectly located airport. From here you can go for long walks in the Peak District National Park in the north, or the sandy beaches and surfing waves in Cornwall in the south. Not only the location draws visitors to fly into Birmingham, but also the prices are quite affordable. If you are not necessarily going to London, you should definitely consider this as your entry point into the UK.

Heathrow

This is an airport everyone loves to love and hate at the same time. The huge size, which makes it tougher for passengers to navigate, makes it also attractive. Almost all the airlines land here at Heathrow Airport, which is why it is so easy to find a good deal flying in.

Manchester

Most people have heard of this city due to its football fame, and it is one of the cities you should never miss. Being the sort-of capital of the North, it boasts of lively clubs and interesting museums. This is great news for bargain flight hunters who find themselves landing here. Explore the city before heading off to your final destination.

London Gatwick

London Gatwick is the second largest airport in the UK also hosts a list of airlines that fly nonstop from various corners of the globe. This is a great option for those going to London because it also has the cheapest flights to offer visitors.

The competition for air travel is not just restricted to airlines, with airports also vying to offer the best rates to have flights land there. The passengers have the advantage in the end, allowing them to visit the UK and its popular cities for less. If you ever dreamt of seeing the Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace, the time to book is now.

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5 Budget Tips to Enjoy the UK for Travelers

If you’re planning to spend the next holiday in the United Kingdom, it is imperative that you work out your travel plans exceptionally well. The UK may have a lot of historical, cultural, architectural, and even religious sites to offer international tourists, but it definitely is not the friendliest when it comes to expenses. That is why it is important to consider these 5 budget tips to enjoy the UK for travelers.

Get the Visitor Oyster Card

The first thing you will need to do when you arrive in the UK, especially if you’re going via or staying in London, is to purchase a Visitor Oyster Card. This smartcard gives you superb access to London’s famed public transport system. Of course, you will still be paying for your fare but when you compare it with a one-day Travelcard or even single trip tickets, the Oyster Card comes out as relatively cheap, often saving you up to 50 percent from the usual cost of moving around the UK capital. And get this. The Oyster Card actually qualifies you to special offers and discounts on certain foods and drinks as well as other items in the city.

Walk! It’s Healthier, Too

The British countryside has hundreds of miles of walking paths that are designed specifically for hikers and other outdoorsmen who want to enjoy everything the locality has to offer on foot. Even large cities like London have excellent streets ideal for walking or even cycling. There are a lot of benefits to walking. The most important if all is that you’ll discover more of the place when you walk because you’ll be spending more time appreciating the beauty of a place.

Do Everything in Advance

Different providers often provide discounted rates if purchases are made a few months to several weeks before the intended use of the service. Also there are companies that provide rebates as well as special offers if you perform these transactions well in advance and online. The point is, you need to have a definite plan on what you want to do in the UK.

Try Self Catering

Hotels can get very expensive. Even pretty basic guest houses or bed and breakfasts can cost around £100 per night. Instead of paying out for pricey holiday accommodation you could try self-catering, where you rent a place and look after yourself. This article is useful for planning self-catering holidays in cottages, houses and lodges. Or you could try AirBnB or Owner’s Direct websites for a wide choice of affordable holiday homes to rent.

Consider Walking Tours

If you’re in London, you might want to try the Free Tour of London by Sandeman. It takes you on a 3-hour walking journey across the different sights and places of interest in the city such as the Houses of Parliament, the Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, the Tower of London, and many more. It’s completely free unless you’d like to give the tour guide a tip. Other cities all over the UK have similar walking tours; some of which are free while others are for a nominal fee.

Go Budget Eats

Chain restaurants, traditional cafes, and buffets offer the best budget eats if you’re in London. There are other similar establishments all over the UK, each one with its signature budget entrees that are sure to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more. Street food and food trucks are very popular choices, too.

Traveling to the UK may not be cheap. However, there are clearly ways you can minimize your expenses while still enjoying what the island nation has to offer.

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