Admittedly unrealistic, but what’s the best (cheapest) way to get to the UK from America? (1 Viewer)


Sep 6, 2017
I see a few problems.

The Ocean I have to traverse.

(legal method) The tens of thousands of dollars I would have to save for the visa. Not an option.

I’m American with an extremely Midwest accent and would stick out like a sore thumb.

is immigrating to the Uk without being loaded actually doable? I would probably receive no sympathy, and at best I’d be a football hooligan or something.
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Jul 23, 2012
Jakarta, Indonesia
Cheapest flights (when I flew) were newark to london heathrow. ~$600
How long do you wanna stay? You don't need a visa for up to 6 months usually, you're an american citizen
Then, you hop over to Europe and go around the schengen region for a few months. no borders. If you need to go for a quick visa run, hop over to morocco for a month or so.


Jun 8, 2018
Don't aspire to be a football hooligan - please - take it from a Brit, it's neither positive nor fashionable. Cargo ships / working vessels are a cheap way to travel over but you'd have to book way in advance, also not sure what new policies are about during this time... Check it out. Fully possible, England can be an unsympathetic place, as with anywhere, it completely depends on where you are but there's always gonna be good folk!

Matt Derrick

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Aug 4, 2006
Austin, TX
so, your question is unclear for a few reasons. your thread title asks how to get to the uk from america for cheap, but your OP says you want to move there permanently? please clarify what your intentions are and i'll be able to provide a more accurate answer.

to answer your thread title, pretty much all options are going to be NYC to London. @kitkat mentioned $600, but that seems awfully expensive to me. pre-covid, i was seeing one way tickets for around $250-300, and as low as $175 if you really scour the travel deals websites.

(legal method) The tens of thousands of dollars I would have to save for the visa. Not an option.

im not sure where you're getting the 'tens of thousands of dollars' price point. i know plenty of people that have gotten visas in the UK for a fraction of that price, so im thinking you're just making assumptions here.

i would look into possible work or study visas, but since i don't know what your situation is i can't be more specific. give us more details and I might have some more ideas for you.

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