Many people think that a trip to see a show on Broadway or in London at West End is beyond their budget, but that might not be the case for you. Though these areas are known for being expensive, there’s plenty to explore and amazing history on every corner. Learn about the culture and key differences between these two areas, and you may discover that your dream vacation is within reach.
New York’s Broadway spans several blocks in Midtown Manhattan. This area of the city is a bit pricy, but New York is well served by many reliable forms of public transportation. Staying outside the neighborhood but visiting for daytrips is an affordable option. The same goes for London’s West End. It’s possible to save on a good hotel nearby and venture into the district to see your favorite shows. Also remember that both areas are chock full of venues. Broadway has 41 theaters, and West End has 40. This gives you plenty of options for shows at many different price points.
Though West End attracts more people to its performances, Broadway wins in terms of revenue. This is perhaps because of the difference in ticket prices. Though a trip abroad may seem like the more expensive option, tickets to shows in West End are about 50 percent cheaper than those on Broadway. If you’re traveling with a group or would like to see more than one show, this might make West End the more affordable option — even if you’d have to arrange international travel.