It doesn’t happen often, but when my favorite team ends up playing somewhere exotic, I always have the itch to follow. In college basketball, the Maui Invitational was always something I wanted to attend. The World Cup is another event I’ve always wanted to attend (and will get to when it comes to the US in 2026)! And this year, the Raiders are heading to London to take on the Chicago Bears.
London is one of my favorite cities, so this is an opportunity that I have to consider. I love the city, the people, and the fish and chips!
So how much would it cost? Lets take a look at the cost for an adventure in October.
If I’m going all the way to London, I need a ticket, that’s for sure. Today, the cheapest ticket on StubHub is £149 (about $185). I don’t really want to go all the way to London for the cheap seats, so seats in the lower level, endzone corner would run about £261 ($350ish) each, so tickets are going to cost around $700. These trips are not for the faint of heart.
Flights to London for Bears vs Raiders
Next, lets take a look at flights. We’d need to get there a few days early and extend a couple days after the game, so lets check from Thursday, October 3 through Tuesday, October 8. Aer Lingus/British Airways has a round trip from $613 from SFO to LGW. If I sprung for the Virgin Atlantic flight, it would run $1,808. Lets be budget friendly and take the cheap flights. This would run around $1,400 after all the extras for two.
Hotel in London for Bears vs Raiders
Now onto the hotel. The Luxury Flat in the Heart of Chelsea looks nice, with great reviews, but would be $1,600. They have hostels for less than $100, if I wanted to go dirt cheap. Settling in the middle, I’d be super American and choose the DoubleTree by Hilton Dartford Bridge for $551 total.
Add in $100/day for food and beverages and $40/day for transportation adds up to another $700 plus another $300 in incidentals and souvenirs, so lets call it $1,000. That puts us all in at around $3,700 to watch Khalil Mack take out some frustration on the 1-2 Raiders.
As tempting as it sounds, I’ll have to pass this time. But who’s heading to London?