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If you are planning your UK vacation you may be wondering which are the best travel booking sites to use to sort out the essentials. From flights and hotels to tours and attraction tickets there are many booking sites available to choose from.

After years of travel (and making hundreds of bookings) I have a number of go-to companies who I use regularly when planning and booking my trips.

In this post you will find all of my recommended top travel booking sites to use for your UK trip.

ACCOMMODATION

BOOKING.COM

I choose booking.com for the majority of my accommodation books and have used them for years.

They have a wide range of accommodation options available including hotels, apartments and guesthouses.

Many offer free cancellation up to 24 hours before. This is something I recommend and have found invaluable recently. It also enables some flexibility of planning.

I find their prices competitive too and their reviews and ratings useful tools when choosing my accommodation. 

The logos of some of the best booking sites for UK travel

AIRBNB

I occasionally stay in AirBnB’s around the world. There are plenty of options in the UK too as you can see from the map below!

I recommend always checking reviews before you book.


TRANSPORT

FLIGHTS

When researching flights remember to open an incognito tab so your information is not saved by the airline companies! Also check either side of your selected dates to see if there are cheaper options available!

I recommend checking out prices using a flight comparison website. I use skyscanner and have done for a few years now.

CLICK HERE – Flight comparisons for readers based in the USA

CLICK HERE – Flight comparisons for readers based in the UK

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Getting from the airport to our accommodation with little hassle and stress is always my aim. There is nothing more disorientating than landing in a foreign country with no idea how to get to your final destination.

There are obviously lots of options and you can read my dedicated posts to help you plan (train/taxi/bus etc)

If you prefer to book a private transfer or even a shared transfer ahead of your arrival I recommend booking with Get Your Guide.

With Get Your Guide you can read traveler reviews and many allow free cancellations of transfer bookings up to 3 hours before (read the terms and conditions)

Examples of transfer options from Heathrow Airport into London include – Private Transfer and Shared Transfer as well as transfer to Southampton Cruise Terminals for those of you embarking on a cruise.

LONDON TRANSPORT – OYSTER CARD

A common question for those of you planning to send some time in London is how to get around the capital. You can read more about the various forms of London transport including the Tube, buses, boast and bicycles in our complete guide.

We recommend that you purchase an Oyster Card for use in London. Visitor Oyster Cards have to be ordered before you arrive in the UK and collected after your arrival.

Click here for more information and to purchase you Visitor Oyster Card

An oyster card

TRAINS

Taking the train around the UK is a great way to see the countryside and can be cheaper and easier than driving or flying depending where you go.

THE TRAIN LINE

If you are planning to travel the UK by train (or even take one or two day trips by train) I recommend booking in advance to get the best deals.

I use the trainline.com when planning my train journeys in the UK – you can also book your tickets online with them too.

BRITRAIL PASSES

A great way to save on train tickets when traveling in the UK is to purchase a BritRail Pass.

These passes can be purchased to cover areas and regions of the UK as well as countries.

You can find out more on TheTrainline.com’s dedicated page by clicking here.

EUROSTAR

If you plan to travel over to mainland Europe it is an easy and quick option to take the Eurostar from St Pancras International in London. I would recommend this option over flying and we love taking this trip.

Again I would recommend purchasing as much in advance as possible – ticket prices rise the closer to departure date you book.


CAR RENTAL

If you are considering taking a road trip in the UK or just want to hire a car for one or two day trips I recommend taking a look at our guide to driving in the UK which includes information and tips.

For car hire we recommend either Rental Cars or Auto Europe Car Rentals

Find out more here about Rental Cars – Find and book a rental car today at RentalCars.com Find out more here about Auto Europe Car Rentals and how to save up to 30% – Save up to 30% on Car Rentals Worldwide

TICKETS FOR MAJOR ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS

If you are planning to visit some of the most popular attractions during your trip I highly recommend booking ahead.

The queues can be very long particularly during the main tourist months in the UK. If you purchase your tickets prior to arriving you will not only be guaranteed entry but spend less time waiting to get in and have more time to enjoy your holiday.

I have provided links below so you can price up and/or buy your tickets. If you are planning to visit a lot of the main tourist attractions in London it may be cost effective to purchase a London Pass.

Read more about the different passes available for London and whether they are worth it for you in my in-depth article (coming soon)

THE LONDON EYE

Click here to find out prices and availability for tickets for the London Eye

HARRY POTTER STUDIOS

Click here to find out prices and availability for tickets for Harry Potter Studios

THE LONDON PASS

Click here to find out prices and availability for tickets for the London Pass

LONDON THEATRE TICKETS

Click below to find out prices and availability for tickets for London Theatre Tickets from London Tickets Direct

FOOTBALL TICKETS

Click here to find out prices and availability for tickets for football matches in the UK


BEST DAY TOURS

These are the companies I recommend for all your tour requirements. We personally use these companies when we travel.

GET YOUR GUIDE

Get Your Guide has a comprehensive range of tours to choose from. They guarantee the best prices and have (on most tours) a generous free cancellation policy.

As an aggregator they offer a huge selection of tours. You can find the name of the company providing the tour at the bottom of the page and check out reviews before you book.

Click here to find tours of London and the UK with Get Your Guide

TAKE WALKS

Formerly Walks of Italy you can find some excellent tours around London. As they say their “London tours offer skip-the-line tickets to some of the city’s top sights. With full-day sightseeing packages, and special access to the Houses of Parliament or the British Museum, you won’t be stuck for great things to do around the city.”

My favourites include:

WITH LOCALS

Offering personalised and unique tour experiences With Locals provide tours with (as you may expect)….locals!

Some of the great tours in London you can take With Locals include:

They have some excellent tours in Scotland too including:

RABBIES

Known for their award-winning mini-coach tours of the UK and Ireland Rabbies are an excellent choice for their wide range of small group tours departing from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, London, Manchester, and Dublin.

Click here to find out more about Rabbie’s tours


BEST PACKAGE DEALS & MULTI-DAY TOURS

TOURRADAR

Tourradar is another recommended aggregator with absolutely loads of multi-day tours of the UK. If you prefer to take a tour there is sure to be something here to suit you.

Click here for tours of England

Click here for tours of Scotland

Click here for tours of England, Wales and Scotland

INTREPID

Intrepid are another company offering multi-day tours of the UK. Why travel with Intrepid?

They sum it up perfectly on their website – ” It’s simple: ultimate itineraries, perfectly sized groups, legendary local leaders, more destinations and ways to see the world, and travel that makes a positive difference.”

Click here for Intrepid Tours of the UK

TRAFALGAR

If you prefer your trip to be fully organised Trafalgar may be an excellent option. They have an excellent selection of tours around the UK.

Click here for Trafalgar Tours of the UK


TRAVEL ESSENTIALS AND SERVICES

Some additional sites to know about when planning your trip to the UK. These are all things to think about and need planning for.

TRANSFERWISE – FOR YOUR CURRENCY NEEDS

I have a Transferwise account and free debit Mastercard that I use for all my currency needs across the globe. Download the app on your phone and you are good to go!

Spend in any currency, receive money for free and send money around the world with your own foreign currency account.

Click here to find out about opening a free Transferwise account

SAFETYWING FOR YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE NEEDS

I never book a trip without also taking out travel insurance. It is just not worth the risk. And now more than ever it is important to make sure you have all the cover you need.

I use SafetyWing – you can find out all about them here.


HAPPY TRAVEL PLANNING!

These are my recommended booking sites if you are planning a trip to the UK (or indeed planning to explore more of the country if you live in the UK)

I will continue to update this page with more of the best booking sites for UK travel as I discover them (and have tried them out)

If you are planning a trip and want more advice or have questions why not pop over and join my free Facebook group? The link is below!

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RECOMMENDED READING

—> Click here for all the practical information and resources you need to help you plan your UK vacation

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