Travel Tips for London for the 2011 Champions League Final
January 31st, 2011
The UEFA Champions League final is always in a cool European city, since they need to hold it in a place with a large-enough stadium, but some years are decidedly cooler than others. In 2011, we’re going to be treated to a Champions League final match in the legendary Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The old Wembley Stadium hosted five European Cup finals, but this will be the first held at the new Wembley. Of course, a city like London invites all kinds of interest from travelers, whether they’re die-hard soccer/footy fans or not. Unfortunately, it has a reputation for being an expensive city to reach and to visit – so here are some tips to help you travel to London for the 2011 Champions League final without breaking the bank.
>> The 2011 Champions League final is on May 28.
Finding Cheap Airfare to London
While London has five airports to choose from, the largest ones are sometimes the hardest to find good deals into. And since you can’t change the date of the Champions League final in order to fly in the low season, you’ll need to be savvy to find the cheap air tickets.
There are some great tips here for finding cheap flights to London, including figuring out which airlines use London’s airports as a hub, flying midweek, and possibly even flying into a different city altogether. And don’t miss these tips for finding cheap airfare to the Champions League final, which has some good information no matter where the game is each year.
Finding Cheap Hotels in London
London is a huge city, so finding a room over the Champions League final weekend isn’t the hard part – it’s finding one that doesn’t charge a king’s ransom. Thanks to the London Underground, however, you can choose a hotel that’s a bit further from the city center – as long as it’s near a Tube station you’ll still be able to get wherever you want to go – including Wembley Stadium.
This page is packed with not just tips for finding cheap hotels in London but also links to hotels in specific parts of the city. If you know where you want to stay, then, you can narrow in on those neighborhoods and find the best option for your trip.
Finding Cheap Hostels in London
As you might expect, it’s not just hotel rooms that London has in spades – there are countless hostels in London, too. They’re spread out all over the city, just as the hotels are, but you’ll soon find there are higher concentrations of hostels in the less-expensive parts of the city (which makes sense).
Choosing from among the hostels in London for your trip to see the Champions League final will definitely help cut costs, especially if you opt for a bunk in a dorm room as opposed to a private room, but remember that many hostels these days have private rooms for those of us who prefer a bit more privacy at night.
photo by Jan S0L0