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London Explorer Pass to save on sightseeing tour

Save over 40% on London's attractions, similar to London Pass, but is it a better London sightseeing option for you?

The London Explorer Pass

The London Explorer Pass was launched in 2017 by the same people who offer the long-established market leading London visitor pass the London Pass. The pass is in app form only and the headline is once downloaded you save over 40% on top London attractions - not to be sneezed at. Buying in late winter might be the best time to purchase - prices tend to go up in March.


London Explorer Pass / London Pass - the main differences

The main differences between the London Pass and the London Explorer Pass are:


  • The London Pass has over 80 attractions available, the London Explorer Pass around 20

  • The London Pass gives you entry to as many attractions as you can visit in a choice of 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 days

  • The London Explorer Pass is valid for 30 days and you can choose to enter either 3, 5 or 7 attractions in that time

  • The London Pass has a transport option, a public transport pass (Visitors Oyster Card).

London Explorer Pass - what attractions are covered?

Relative to the London Pass, the London Explorer Pass has a more limited list of around 20 leading London attractions.


Most, but not all of London's most popular paid for visitor attractions are all free with the London Explorer Pass - the Lastminute.com London Eye, Madame Tussauds, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and London Dungeon.


Perhaps notable by its absence is the Tower of London (available on the London Pass). A full current list of the attractions are on the main London Explorer Pass website. When you are comparing your short list of attractions do make sure you are comparing like with like.


Many of the attractions have an array of ticket options, commonly a standard walk-up ticket and a fast track or skip the line option among them.


Will I save money with London Explorer Pass?

The London Explorer Pass discount voucher

If the attractions within the London Explorer Pass are some of those on your “must-see list” then the London Explorer Pass is probably well worth pursuing financially.

Unlike the London Pass there is no time pressure to see as many attractions as you can within the validity of the pass.


You have 30 days to see either 3, 5 or 7 attractions of your choice. So if you are the type who likes to linger or prefer to spread your London sightseeing over many days then the London Explorer Pass may well be better suited than the London Pass.


London Explorer Pass frequent questions

Can I visit an attraction more than once? - No. Your Pass includes one visit per attraction.

Do I need to choose my attractions in advance? - No. You can choose as you go.

How do I receive the London Pass after ordering online? - The London Explorer Pass is an app you download to your supported device. You just use the app at the entrance.

What are the age-bands for children? - Child prices are for ages 3-15. Children under 3 go free. Many attractions offer free admission for younger children that may differ to the age-bands of the London Explorer pass. Please check the attraction websites for more details.

On what date will the 30 days start? - Your pass will activate upon first entry and first scan at your first attraction.

London Explorer Pass


The London Pass alternative

  • The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main attractions. You can buy a London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 day durations.
  • It gives you entry into over 70 London tourist attractions and access for one day on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour plus a river cruise on the River Thames which for many is a highlight of their trip.
  • You pay in advance and it's the same standard price no matter how many attractions you visit in those days.
  • The more attractions you visit under the scheme, the more money you save.
  • You get fast track or skip the line entry to some of the attractions, including the most well known.
  • You can also opt to have a public transport pass, called a Visitor Oyster Card to get you around London.
  • You can have the London Pass sent straight to your smartphone (iOS and Android) and have your passes instantly at your fingertips.
  • Alternatively you can choose to collect your order in London or be shipped to your home address (for a shipping charge).
  • You will need to print and bring with you the London Pass voucher which is emailed to you on completion of your online order. The collection point is off Trafalgar Square which is geographically the centre of London.
The London Pass

The London Pass with Visitor Oyster Card

Crudely speaking the Visitor Oyster Card comes pre-loaded with enough cash to cover unlimited travel on public transport in the centre of London (zones 1 and 2) for the number of days you have purchased.


If you travel outside central London (zones 1 and 2), perhaps to Hampton Court or Heathrow Airport you may have to top up the Oyster Card with more cash, which is very easy to do at any Underground station.

It may be cheaper to buy a standard Oyster Card on arrival in London separately to the London Pass. The Visitors Oyster Card comes with a non-refundable administration fee, the standard Oyster has a deposit that is refundable.


If you are staying in London more than 5 days, normally it will be cheaper to load a 7 day Travelcard onto the Oyster - this is only possible on the standard Oyster, not the Visitors Oyster Card that comes with the London Pass.

Full details are on our Oyster Card page.

Note Children: Children under 11 travel free on buses and the Underground in London without a ticket (but not on the train to Windsor or Hampton Court).


Children (11-15 year olds) get a child off-peak Travelcard with the London Pass transport package, not an Oyster, you can use the Travelcard on the same public transport as the Oyster. Off-peak means you cannot travel before 9.30am. Monday to Friday.

Windsor Castle trains - the big plus buying the London Pass transport package

Windsor Castle, covered by the London Pass is outside London beyond the coverage of standard Oyster Cards.


However, with the London Pass you get tickets for the train between London's Paddington Station and Windsor Central station, located directly opposite Windsor Castle, but only if you purchase the travel option with the London Pass.

Discover great value at:

London Eye - Amazing panoramic flight on the world's highest observation wheel (fast track tickets available).

The Shard - Tallest building in Western Europe with viewing of London from the top.

St Paul's Cathedral - Cathedral of the Diocese of London famous dome & venue for royal weddings.

Westminster Abbey - Along with St Paul's, England's main religious building.

Tower of London - Home of the Crown Jewels and a rich thousand year history.

Madame Tussauds - See wax statues of the most famous people in the world (fast track tickets available).

London Dungeon - The creepiest attraction in town, the London Dungeon (fast track tickets available).

Hampton Court Palace - Henry VIII Medieval Palace set in vast grounds.

The London Zoo - World class zoo in the centre of London (fast track tickets available).

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