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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm beds: £15–25
  • Cheap meals in cafes and pubs: £7–11
  • Long-distance coach: £15–40 (200 miles)
  • Double room in midrange hotel or B&B: £60–130 (London £100–200)
  • Main course in midrange restaurant: £10–20
  • Long-distance train: £20–80 (200 miles)
Top end (more than)
  • Four-star hotel room: from £130 (London from £200)
  • Three-course meal in a good restaurant: around £40
  • Car rental per day: from £35

The currency of Britain is the pound sterling (£). Paper money ('notes') comes in £5, £10, £20 and £50 denominations. Some shops don't accept £50 notes because fakes circulate.

Other currencies are very rarely accepted, except at some gift shops in London, which may take euros, US dollars, yen and other major currencies.


  • Restaurants Around 10% in restaurants and teahouses with table service. Nearer 15% at smarter restaurants. Tips may be added to your bill as a 'service charge'. However, paying tips or the service charge is not compulsory – it's up to you.

  • Pubs & Bars If you order drinks (or food) and pay at the bar, tips are not expected. If you order at the table and your meal is brought to you, then 10% is usual.

  • Taxis Usually around 10%, or rounded up to the nearest pound, especially in London.