Money Saving Tips

How to make the most of a city break on a budget.


Dylan Mitchell

Over the past five years, city breaks have steadily been on the rise. Shorter breaks that are closer to home are seen as an ideal opportunity to relax and forget about the everyday stresses of work. If you’re considering a short-budget weekend away, but not sure how to do it, you’re in luck! Check out tastecard’s guide below on how to go on a city break on a budget.

How to save money on a weekend trip

At tastecard, we’ve already shown you how to save money for a holiday, and now we’re going to show you how to save money while on a weekend trip. Going on a city break can be an exciting and enriching experience, even if you're on a budget. With careful planning and smart choices, you can make the most of your trip without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to help you maximise your city break on a budget:

  • Research and plan ahead

  • Choose affordable accommodation

  • Use public transportation

  • Visit free attractions

  • Eat like a local


Research and plan ahead

Take the time to research your destination before heading on your trip. Look for free or low-cost attractions, events, and activities you can do during your visit. By planning ahead, you can create an itinerary that maximises your time and budget. Make a list of must-see sights and prioritise them based on your interests. Additionally, you should research affordable dining options and budget-friendly transportation choices.

Choose affordable accommodation.

On a trip, accommodation costs can take up a significant portion of your budget, so it's essential to choose wisely. Consider budget-friendly options such as hostels or budget hotels. While fancy hotels can be appealing, they’re not ‘on budget’. Cheaper accommodations offer comfortable and clean rooms at a fraction of the price of luxury hotels. Consider staying slightly outside the city centre too because prices tend to be lower there. Use comparison websites to find the best deals and read reviews to ensure a comfortable stay.

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Use public transportation.

Public transportation is often the most cost-effective way to get around a city, even if you drive. Research the public transportation options available at your destination and familiarise yourself with their routes and schedules. Purchase travel cards or day passes that offer unlimited travel within a specified period. This will save you money compared to buying individual tickets for each trip or paying for public parking everywhere you go. Public transportation allows you to explore the city at your own pace while keeping costs under control.

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Visit free attractions.

Many cities offer free admission to certain attractions, like museums and art galleries. Before your trip, research the free attractions in your destination and plan your visits accordingly. These can include parks, monuments, and landmarks, as well as museums and galleries. Take advantage of these opportunities to soak in the city's culture and history without spending a penny. Free attractions often provide a rich cultural experience and can be just as rewarding as paid ones.

You can also visit some big attractions and save money with a tastecard subscription. Check out all of our offers on places like SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, Thorpe Park, and much more.

Eat like a local.

With breakfast, lunch and dinner to pay for, dining expenses can quickly add up during a city break. To save money, skip expensive restaurants in touristy areas and opt for local eateries, street food stalls, or markets instead. You can also save money with restaurant deals from tastecard. Signing up for the biggest dining club in the UK gives you access to plenty of 2 for 1 meals in restaurants around the UK. It also gives you the chance to embrace the local cuisine and experience the city's culinary traditions.

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Now you've read our guide to a city break on a budget, try tastecard today and save even more cash with 2 for 1 meals, 50% off food, or 25% off food & drink, cinema ticket savings, and discounts on days out.

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