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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm beds: £15–30
  • Cheap meals in cafes and pubs: £7–11
  • Long-distance coach: £15–40 (200 miles)
  • Double room in a midrange hotel or B&B: £65–130 (London £100–200)
  • Main course in a 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

ATMs widely available; credit cards widely accepted.


  • Restaurants Around 10% in restaurants and teahouses with table service, 15% at smarter restaurants. Tips may be added to your bill as a 'service charge'. Not compulsory.

  • Pubs & Bars Not expected if you order drinks (or food) and pay at the bar; usually 10% if you order at the table and your meal is brought to you.

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