The London Pass – Free Entry to over 80 Attractions
There are several ways of touring a new city like London. You can take a train, bus or taxi to your favourite destination and buy a ticket, or you can board one of the many hop-on-hop-off buses or you can buy a travel pass like The London Pass that allows you to visit many attractions in London at discounted prices.back to menu ↑
What is the London Pass?
The London Pass is a sightseeing card that allows you free entry to more than 80 of London’s best tourist attractions. You can buy a London pass for 1, 2, 3, 6, or 10 days. On top of the access to the best of London’s attractions you also get a one-day hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus tour, which is the best way to discover and learn more about all of London’s landmarks. A river cruise on the River Thames, which is arguably the best way to experience London. Fast track entry to attractions – in some attractions, the card allows you to skip the line. A free 160+ page guidebook with useful information about attractions, helpful tips on moving around, and maps of London.back to menu ↑
How to get the London Pass
London Guide has has an association with The London Pass and you can use the link below to buy a card. The London Pass card you buy can be sent to your smartphone, mailed to your residential addressor collected in London after you arrive.
How to use the London Pass
Once you arrive at any of the attractions covered by the card, all you need to do is show your card at the ticket office. The tickets attendees will scan the card, and you will be allowed entry. The main advantage of the London Pass is that you will not have to carry cash or buy individual tickets.
Another benefit is that you are not required to use the card immediately. It will only activate on the first use. Please note that the card works on a consecutive day basis, not a 24-hour period. Therefore, it is advisable to start using the card in the morning to enjoy its benefits a full day. Once activated, the card automatically expires when the selected duration expires regardless of whether you use it or not.
Unfortunately, the card does not allow you unlimited entry to the attractions. It has a maximum value of gate prices (purse value), which is dependent on the number of days of your card. For instance, a 3-day London Pass card has a purse value of £350. If you make entries at attractions with gate prices exceeding this amount, your card expires. But, do not panic since the price for a 3-day pass is way below the purse value. Remember, you can only use the card once at each of the included attractions. For more information on how it works visit The London Pass – How it worksback to menu ↑
Attractions covered by the London Pass
Unlike a lot of similar tourist city passes, the London Pass actually covers top-tier London attractions that most people will actually want to visit. These include:
- ZSL London Zoo
- Tower of London
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Kensington Palace and The Orangery
- London Bridge Experience
- The view from the Shard
- Paul’s Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- Hampton Court Palace
- Royal Albert Hall
- Eltham Palace
- The London Transport Museum
- Benjamin Franklin House
- Royal Airforce Museum
Some of the popular attraction the London Pass does not cover includes the London Dungeon, the Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds, and the London Aquarium. A significant number of national Museums and Galleries are also omitted. Fortunately, most of them already have free entry.back to menu ↑
Moving around with the London Pass
The London Pass does not provide transport, apart from the first-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the River Thames cruise. However, you can purchase the London Pass with the travel option. This option also gives you an Oyster Travelcard. The Oyster Travelcard comes pre-loaded with fares to help you move around the city using public transport. The fare value on the Oyster is dependent on the duration of the London Pass. That means a 10-day pass offers more transport fares than a 6-day pass.
The Oyster Travelcard only covers destinations within Central London – zones 1 and 2. If you have to travel outside these parts, say to Heathrow airport, you can load more cash to your travelcard at any Underground Station. If you plan to travel a lot on your trip, consider purchasing a standard Oyster Card on arrival.
Windsor Castle, one of the favourite destinations that you may not want to miss, is way beyond the coverage of Oyster Travelcards. With the London Pass and Travel option, you get train tickets to Windsor Central Station from Paddington Station.
Another advantage of the London Pass transport package is that children between the ages of 11 and 15 get off-peak Travelcard. Off-peak travel hours in London start, after 9.30 am. Note: Children under 11 years travel free on buses and trains.back to menu ↑
Does the London Pass save you money?
For the London Pass to save you money, you have to plan your trip well. You need to gather information about the attractions and their locations. The first-day bus tour will help you do that. You get value for your money if you visit more than three attractions a day.
Check your map and map out attractions that are close to each other – visit such attractions on the same day to save time. As you plan, consider touring attractions that close late towards the end of the day and visit those that close early in the morning hours.back to menu ↑
Who should pick the London Pass?
The London Pass is convenient for:
- First-time visitors. If it’s your first time in London, the card is of good value since you get a guided bus tour on the first day.
- People who want to see a lot in a short period. The pass covers a lot of attractions, and you can hit more than three on a single day.
- People sightseeing with kids. The fact that you do not have to buy tickets and you can skip queues in some attractions is a big plus for people with kids.
If you are more interested in just visiting some of London’s museums and galleries or only want to see a few attractions, the London Pass will not provide good value for your money, in this instance you are best to buy tickets individually.
At London Guide we believe The London Pass is a great option for first time visitors to London and recommend it to all our readers. It saves time, as you don’t have to queue for tickets, and will save you money if you plan well. It also offers the convenience of having the pass mailed to your home address before you leave home.