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The London Pass sightseeing pass discussed

The London Pass is great for people wanting to do loads of London attractions in either 1 or up to 10 days

The London Pass
You can save money with the popular London Pass

The London Pass is a convenient way of planning ahead and budgeting for your visit to London. This is the pass for you if you are going to be in London for a set number of days and want to visit one or more attractions each day.

Because you buy the pass for a consecutive number of days, you need to plan ahead and make sure you get your money's worth by getting in as many attractions per day as you can! You can only visit each attraction once - but with over 80 to choose from you are pretty spoilt for choice.

You can buy a London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 day durations. As well as entry into over 80 London tourist attractions, you also get access for one day on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour plus a river cruise on the River Thames which for many is a highlight of their trip.

If you are looking for a different kind of pass - one that offers you a number of London attractions, but spread out over a longer time period, then the Go City London Explorer Pass, with its 60 day validity period, might be the better choice for you.

London Pass flash sale   What attractions are covered?   Transport option   Hop on bus   River cruise   Other benefits   Will I save money?   How much does the London Pass cost?   London Explorer Pass alternative

London Pass flash sales

During the year there are occasionally flash sales offering up to 20% on the price of the pass. Generally, the 10 day passes offer the largest discount, followed by the 6 day passes, then the 3 day passes.

These sales run fairly regularly. Like our Facebook page to be kept up to date on these flash sales. When a London Pass flash sale is running our Facebook page will direct you here, you then just need to use our London Pass link on this page to access the sale prices.

The London Pass

SAVE MONEY ON LONDON SIGHTSEEING WITH THE LONDON PASS

The Londpon Pass

The more you visit, the more you save

• Access 80+ London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul's, Thames river cruise, Tower Bridge, Wesminster Abbey, London Zoo, View from Shard, a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, and many more...
• 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10 day passes available.


Using the London Pass during Coronavirus restrictions

While the majority of London attractions are now open, some still have restrictions so we advise you to check the attractions' websites for the most up-to-date information.

All passes have been extended so they are now valid for two years from the date of purchase

Fast track

Previously, the London Pass allowed you to get fast track /skip the line entry to some of the most well known attractions. At the present time with Covid-19 the situation is different and you will need to pre-book tickets for most attractions (see individual attraction's website for further details.)

The more you visit, the more you save

You pay in advance and it's the same standard price no matter how many attractions you visit in those days. You just show your card at the entrance or ticket office of any attraction included on the London Pass. The more attractions you visit under the scheme, the more money you save.

For a supplement, you can also opt to purchase your London Pass with Oyster Travelcard - a public transport pass, after which you travel for free on all London underground and bus services.

What attractions are covered with the London Pass?

Tower of London included in London Pass
Tower of London included in London Pass
Windsor Castle included in London Pass
Windsor Castle included in London Pass

With the London Pass you get over 80 attractions included, and unlike many tourist passes that have lots of third tier attractions included you would not normally visit, the London Pass has most but not all of the main attractions.

Top tier attractions include Windsor Castle, London Zoo, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, View from the Shard, Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, London Bridge Experience, Kew Gardens and the Cabinet War Rooms/Churchill Museum.

The notable omissions are the Lastminute.com London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon (Merlin owned). Explore the full list of attractions covered by London Pass.

You also get a 1-day Golden Tours Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour included in the London Pass, with audio guides in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Alongside this included in the London Pass is a Thames River Cruise - thought by many to be one of the best ways to see London.

Note: Most of the major museums and art galleries in London are free including the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Maritime Museum, Imperial War Museum and British Library. Probability is that you will want to visit at least one of these.

Sometimes the London Pass lists one of the above free attractions as being covered by the London Pass. This will not be for admission but for something like an audio guide or a special exhibition.

Is the transport option worthwhile?

The standard London Pass doesn't provide any transport facility apart from the hop-on hop-off bus on the first day and a River Thames Cruise.

For a supplement you can purchase a travel extension to your London Pass (The London Pass with Travel can only be purchased online in advance, not from retailers.) The Travel option is a Oyster Travelcard that comes pre-loaded with money to cover fares. The longer the duration, the more money comes pre-loaded on the Oyster Travelcard.

Crudely speaking the Oyster Travelcard 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 Oyster Travelcard comes with a non-refundable administration fee (around £5); 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 Oyster Travelcard that comes with the London Pass.

Full details are on our Oyster Card page.

Children's travel in London

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). Up to four under 11s can travel for free on public transport when travelling with an Adult holding a valid Oyster Travelcard.

Children (11- 15 year old) 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.

1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket with every London Pass

Golden Tours hop on bus with London Pass

Perhaps the finest way to get orientated with London and efficiently up to speed on where everything is in London are the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour buses.

The London Pass comes with a ticket for the Golden Tours hop-on, hop-off bus on the first day of using the London Pass. Learn more about London using the Golden Tours audio guides in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Golden Tours hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus - full details

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers with The London Pass

Uber Boat Thames Cruise with London Pass
Uber Boat Thames Cruise with London Pass

With Uber Boat you get 23 stops to jump off at your leisure.

This River Bus service stops at world-famous London landmarks every 20 minutes making sightseeing super easy.

You can jump off to explore the Tower of London and the historic City of London from Tower Pier, then sail beneath London’s most iconic bridge on your way to visit Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the way, you’ll pass the glittering skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and even see the distinctive dome of the O2 Arena.

Other benefits of the London Pass including fast track entry

Fast track - Covid-19

One of the main attractions of the London Pass to many people is that some of the admittances covered give you fast track, skip the line entrance. However, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic some venues now require you to pre-book your tickets and entry in advance.

In the past attractions with fast-track have included Tower Bridge Exhibition, St. Paul's Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, London Zoo, London Bridge Experience and Kew Gardens. It is best to check beforehand with the attraction on their own current rules to avoid disappointment.

 

Guidebook

To help you plan your sightseeing adventure each pass comes with a full colour, informative, comprehensive 160-page guidebook. This guide is packed full of information about all of the participating attractions in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese. There are also special offers and discounts for a range of things in London. Every little helps.

Will I save money with the London Pass?

Hampton Court Palace with London Pass
Hampton Court Palace with London Pass

That's the million dollar question, and there is no universal answer. For some it works financially, for others it doesn't. You really have to set aside an evening and have a good idea what you want to visit and work it out yourself.

The convenience of the London Pass combining transport and attractions in one convenient package with a known set cost in advance has great value to many visitors. The key aspect is planning. You obviously get more value for your money if you visit several attractions in a day. Many of the attractions have late opening. A visit to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court will take at least half a day each.

It is probably a good idea as a starting point to jot down what you want to see and for how long you anticipate visiting without looking whether the London Pass supports this - everyone is different. It's a false economy after investing a lot of cash on travel and hotels to compromise your ideal itinerary just to fit in with what is covered by the London Pass.

The London Pass

SAVE MONEY ON LONDON SIGHTSEEING WITH THE LONDON PASS

The Londpon Pass

The more you visit, the more you save

• Access 80+ London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul's, Thames river cruise, Tower Bridge, Wesminster Abbey, London Zoo, View from Shard, a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, and many more...
• 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10 day passes available.

How much does the London Pass cost?

LONDON PASS PRICES FOR 2022

Duration Adult passes Child passes

Standard

+ Travel

Standard

+ Travel

1 day £69 £84 £45 £54.50
2 days £95 £115 £59 £78
3 days £109 £139 £73 £101.50
4 days £141 £176 £89 £122
5 days £146 £201 £92 £125
7 days £159 £214 £105 £138
10 days £169 £224 £115 £170

* The Child London Pass is for 5 - 15 year olds. Child London Pass + Travel packages will receive a paper off-peak Travelcard. Only children aged 11-15 require the travel package – up to four under 11s can travel for free on public transport when travelling with an adult holding a valid Oyster Travelcard.

The London Explorer Pass - an alternative sightseeing pass to the London Pass

GoCity London Explorer Pass
Go City London Explorer Pass

The Go City London Explorer Pass is an app by the same people who made available the London Pass.

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 60.

  • The London Pass gives you entry to as many attractions as you can visit in a choice of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 days.

  • The London Explorer Pass is valid for 60 days; you can choose to enter either 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7 attractions in that time.

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

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.

 

POPULAR LONDON ATTRACTIONS - ADVANCE PURCHASE AND/OR FAST TRACK TICKETS

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. » Fast track tickets available.
St Paul's Cathedral Cathedral of the Diocese of London, venue for royal weddings. » Pre-book to guarantee entry.
Westminster Abbey Along with St Paul's, England's main religious building.» Pre-book to guarantee entry.
Tower of London Home of the Crown Jewels and a rich thousand year history. » Fast track tickets available.
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. » Pre-book to save money.
The London Zoo World class zoo in the centre of London. » Flexi tickets available.
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