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Travel advice for the UK in October

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1. Posted by TSchofield (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi there,
I just graduated from university and got holiday-maker visas for Ireland and the UK for the next 2 years. I've got my flight booked to London for the second week of October but don't really have firm plans for what I should be doing.

As of now I think I am going to spend my first week in London before heading through southern England and over to Wales for my second week. From here I will catch the ferry to Dublin and start looking for work and a place to stay.

Right now my main concern is the first week in London - I'll just rattle off the questions I have; any advice would be greatly appreciated.

- Is the London Pass worth getting for the week to see lots of the sights?

- Britrail offers bus/tube passes (either just zones 1-2, or 1-6) - Is there any need for the zone 1-6 pass, or can you get to just about everything with the central service pass?

- Any recommendations for hostels? I'm looking for a place that is fairly central, somewhat lively and won't break the bank.

- Any suggestions as to how I should travel through southern England and Wales?

2. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y


can't help with the hostels in London, but the zone 6 travel card is basically to get out to Heathrow... so depends on which airport you're flying into and how long you're going to use it for. I'd suggest getting a zone 1 & 2 and then paying the extra if you happen to go outside of 1 & 2.

The Ferry to Dublin is with from Holyhead. The sooner you book it the better and you can get a daytripper single ticket for £12 (on a sunday) at the moment.... cheaper than a single ticket one-way :)

Spend as much time in Wales as you can... totally Biased I know but North Wales in Autumn is beautiful


3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Forget the zone 1-6 travel card. You'll only need a zone 1-2.

As for hostels, try places in Earls Court, Paddington, etc. One I've seen on the net is but I haven't stayed there.

4. Posted by pixie1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y


For travelling in or to the South, if you're on a limited budget, coach is better, e.g. one way from London to Southampton on coach is around £13.50 as opposed to approx £30 by train. If you've got a bit more cash then train is a bit faster, and so far I've had no major issues with delays etc. National Express coach company generally does good deals ( and goes all round the country.
Good luck with your travels :)