Whether you drive to work or get the train, recent price hikes mean you could face an eye-watering rise in the cost of your commute. Here's what you can do to lower yours.
This week, commuters in England and Wales were hit by a 3.8% increase in rail fares - the biggest price hike for almost a decade - while London tube and bus fares shot up by an average of 4.8%.
And for those who drive to work, the picture is similarly bleak, with petrol prices soaring to a record high of 151.25p per litre on 28 February, according to data from the RAC.
Here, we've rounded up their tips for saving money on and , as well as suggestions for using , with a verdict from our expert.
And if you're struggling to cover commuting costs, .
The price of petrol and diesel can vary dramatically across the UK. Comparison site Confused.com compares prices at forecourts and can be used to find cheaper options near you.
You could try the following apps to avoid spending huge amounts on parking:
AppyParking helps you find free parking in your area, while Parkopedia shows you where the cheapest car parks are near you.
You could also try renting someone's drive - with Just Park, you can see drives available to rent near you.
Book your tickets in advance - the longer you wait, the more likely the price will go up.
Train companies release tickets 12 weeks in advance, although some go on sale even earlier. You can set up alerts with many operators and Trainline so you're emailed when advance tickets go on sale for a particular route.
National Rail's new flexi season ticket, announced in May 2021, could save you £100s - though it depends what route you take and how often you commute. We crunched the numbers and found that while flexi season tickets could give you - for other journeys, you'd be better off getting an annual ticket.
To save a third on rail fares, get a railcard. You probably know about the 16-25 and Senior Railcards. But you might not know you can sign up for the Two Together Railcard with someone you travel regularly with, whatever your age. Check out our research to see .
You'll also save money if you book tickets via National Rail Enquiries or directly through the train company, so you're not charged booking fees.
Instead of buying a ticket for the whole journey, you could see if it's cheaper to get two - one for each part of the journey. This is called split ticketing. It will take only a few minutes to see if it works out cheaper, but the savings could be worth it, especially for longer journeys.
There is some support out there for people who need help paying for travel in London:
You could save on a new bike for work with the Cycle to Work scheme.
Alternatively, consider carpooling with a colleague who lives nearby or a neighbour with a similar route to work, or signing up to a carsharing scheme. ZipCar, Enterprise and DriveNow are some of the companies that let you pay monthly to rent a car by the hour or day.
Will Stapley, Which? cars editor
Making simple changes to your driving style can reap rewards. Aim to accelerate gently and shift up through the gears as soon as possible. When accelerating on flat roads, or those with a gentle downward slope, consider skipping gears, such as moving from second to fourth. As long as you don't labour the engine (when the revs drop too low), this will lead to greater fuel efficiency.
It's also worth anticipating traffic ahead. If you spot stationary cars or red lights, ease off the accelerator, work your way down through the gears and let your car's engine do the braking. You'll need to apply the brakes eventually, but this technique will reduce wear on the brake pads.
Keep your wheels in check, too. Under-inflated tyres and misaligned wheels will drag down your car's fuel economy. Check your tyre pressure once a month - your car's handbook will give the recommended levels - and ask for a wheel-alignment check at each annual service.