With the 2015 Rugby World Cup taking place in London, it’s wise to start saving now if you want to have a blast in pricey Britain.
It’s not just the tickets that you’ll need to budget for. Australia has pool games in Twickenham, Cardiff and Birmingham, for starters – so there are three destinations you may want to travel to. Following are some of the variables that will be included in your holiday expenses.
These will cost you around $2000 per person, based on this year’s October fares for Sydney-Heathrow. Bear in mind that airlines often ramp up prices during major sporting events. Searching for cheap flights you may be able to shave off a couple of hundred bucks, but then you’re looking at 38-hour flights via China.
London is renowned for being expensive when it comes to accommodation. Tiny rooms, huge rates, and prices will soar during the World Cup, although the organization has a dedicated website to help.
For London, be prepared to pay at least £100 per night or £300 per week for any paid London accommodation. Birmingham and Cardiff both usually have rooms available for under £50 per night, but expect this to climb during the Cup.
Now’s the time to get in touch with long-lost friends and family and start dropping hints about their spare room before other relatives grab it.
Alternatively, you could try Couchsurfing or Airbnb, but you’ll need to get in early. Wotif is also a good option for booking last-minute, discounted hotel room. TripAdvisor has useful reviews of accommodation and attractions.
Transport isn’t cheap in the UK; rail ticket prices vary throughout the week and are usually more expensive on Fridays. A return from London to Cardiff will cost around £100 and London to Birmingham from £70. Coach travel can be more affordable, though you will sacrifice speed. You can travel from London to Cardiff or Birmingham and back as cheaply as £10 with a budget bus service. Regardless of what mode of transport you select, it often pays to book several months in advance.A return rail fare from London to Cardiff could exceed £100
Car hire will give you flexibility but it’s much more expensive than in Australia, as are petrol and parking. Whatever you decide, book early to save money. Some useful websites for cheap transport options and information include:
- Oyster card (for the London Underground)
- Megabus (for cheap UK bus and train fares)
- National Express coaches
- Adventurous Kate’s cheap UK travel guide
- London can be a great option for budget travellers as there are so many free things to see, from museums to art galleries. Unlike Australia, most London museums have free entry, such as the British Museum, the National Science Museum and the National History Museum. There’s also the Tower of London, the London Eye, Covent Garden, Camden Market and many famous pubs.
- Birmingham has several castles within reach, such as Kenilworth Castle and Warwick Castle. You can also visit Symphony Hall and the famous Cadbury World chocolate museum.
- Cardiff boasts the famous Cardiff castle as well as St Fagan’s National Musuem and Cardiff Bay. The Brecon Beacons and Mount Snowdon are also in easy reach.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup shop is already open with an Australia T-shirt costing £20. Official 2015 rugby souvenirs can also be bought in Australia – but be prepared to shell out over $150 for a team jersey. WorldRugbyShop is another option for jerseys.
Start saving now
With this hefty list, it’s time to start saving sooner rather than later. So what will it take to have you supporting the green and gold from the front row?
- Forgoing one takeaway coffee every day from now until September 2015 could save you most of your airfare
- Drinking three beers fewer a week could save you enough for your accommodation
- Ditching one café lunch per week for a homemade sandwich could provide you with a generous food budget
- Not going on holiday this year could earn you day trips to Stonehenge and the location of Downton Abbey, if you’re into that kind of thing – plus an overnight trip to Paris
And then there’s the weather – autumn in the Northern Hemisphere gets quite chilly. September still has some warm days, but by the end of October it will feel like a Sydney midwinter. Pack layers (central heating is usually cranked up indoors) as well as a good waterproof coat – don’t forget England’s notorious drizzle.
There’s no better time to start a savings plan for your rugby adventure than today.