The London Pass Explained

The London Pass Explained
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The London Pass Explained

 

If you read my guide to London’s best landmarks and attractions you’ll remember I touched a little bit on The London Pass.  It turns out you guys had a lot of questions on the pass so I thought I’d do a whole post dedicated to the most frequently asked questions I received. If you’re new around here and wondering what The London Pass is, read on to learn all about it and how it couldn’t potentially benefit you on your visit to London.

 

what is the London pass?

The London Pass is a sightseer credits pass which gives you access to over 80 popular tourist attractions across London. You can buy a pass for 1,2,3,6 or 10 days & it’s a great way for people visiting London to see all the iconic sights in an easy & convenient way. There’s no fussing with waiting in queues to buy tickets and you could potentially save a lot of money!

 

What attractions are included in the pass?

There are over 80 attractions included in The London Pass. This includes historic buildings, art galleries and tours. It allows you into some of London most iconic sights like Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, and London Zoo, plus loads more! Check out the list of different attractions here.

The London Pass Explained

The London Pass Explained

 

How long can I use it for?

The London Pass available to buy for either 1, 2, 3, 6, or 10 consecutive days. Lots of options for your trip to London.

 

How much is the London pass?

Below is a breakdown of the prices for adults and children depending on the length of pass you want to buy.

Adult Price/Child Price (age 5-15 – Children under 5 are free)

  • 1 Day: £75/£55
  • 2 Days: £99/£75
  • 3 Days: £125/£89
  • 6 Days: £169/£125
  • 10 Days: £199/£149

 

How do I use the London pass?

You can buy The London Pass as both an electronic tickets or a card to wear around your neck or keep in your wallet. Simply scan at the gate of your chosen attraction and London Pass credits will be deducted as you enter each attraction.

 

The London Pass Explained

The London Pass Explained

 

 

What are credits?

Each London Pass is subject to a credits value based on the duration of the Pass. The credits value is the maximum amount you’re able to use based on the usual standard gate price for each attraction. For example, if London Zoo is usually £35 then 35 credits will be deducted from your card.

What makes The London Pass such good value is it gives you so much more value than if you were buying full price tickets. For example, with a 6-day Adult London Pass (Price £169) you can visit attractions up to the cost of £625! How incredible is that!

Here is a breakdown of the credits value for each London Pass:

1 Day Adult – £175.00
2 Day Adult – £297.00
3 Day Adult – £385.00
6 Day Adult – £625.00
10 Day Adult – £925.00

1 Day Child – £145.00
2 Day Child – £195.00
3 Day Child – £245.00
6 Day Child – £370.00

 

Is the London pass right for me?

The answer to that is it really depends on how you like to spend your vacation.

The London Pass suits you if…

  • You want to see the most iconic tourist attractions.
  • You don’t mind being busy – In order to make it worth it, you have to see probably a minimum of 3 attractions a day.
  • You don’t want to faff with queuing for tickets. It’s very convenient.

The London Pass isn’t for you if…

  • You’re not fussed about seeing the main tourist attractions.
  • You want to take it slow and see attractions at your own pace.
  • You’re a traveller on a tight budget.

 

Do I actually save money?

Yes, you do providing you had planned to see all the big attractions on your trip. The London Pass website has a great page detailing example itineraries for your trip to London and how much you could possibly save by buying a pass. You could potentially save over £100 which is HUGE!

The London Pass Explained

The London Pass Explained

 

Does it include travel?

You have the option to buy a London travel card included in your London Pass. Most attractions fall into zone 1-2 but the travel card included in the pass gives you unlimited travel across all zones of London (See explanation of London zones here) .

Here is a break down of how much the pass  costs with a travel card included. *plus a £5 admin fee is added on top by Transport For London.

Adult Price/Child Price (age 5-15 – Children under 11 are free on London transport)

  • 1 Day: £90/£64.30
  • 2 Days: £119/£93.60
  • 3 Days: £155/£116.90
  • 6 Days: £224/£157
  • 10 Days: £254/£204

 

can i skip ticket queues?

Yes but only at selected attractions marked in the 160+ page guidebook, you will receive with your pass.

 

Tips on using the London Pass

  • The London Pass has a great app which not only holds your electronic pass but it has an A-Z of all the attractions.  If you’re on the move &  wondering where to go next you have all the information easily accessible at your fingertips.
  •  Make sure you read the T’s & C’s before you venture out to any attractions with your pass so you’re not caught out on anything. For example, the pass includes cinema tickets but they are only available on certain screenings. Check, check and check again. Even ring the venue if you have to.
  • Planning is absolutely essential to make the most out of your London Pass. Because your pass has a credit system, you will only be able to visit attractions up to the value of the credits you have ( See explanation about credits above). So sit down, grab a cup of tea and make a plan. I’d recommend using my travel planner here.
  • Check opening hours – you don’t want to waste credit on something that is just about to close as you arrive.
  • Don’t activate your pass on the day you arrive in London if you’re not going to use it that day.  Otherwise you will waste your pass.

 

How do I buy one?

You can buy a London Pass at the official London Pass website here.  You can choose to have an instant pass on your mobile, collect your pass when you arrive in London or have it delivered to your home for a fee. Passes can be delivered worldwide.

 

I hope that answers all your questions of The London Pass. Have a great trip!

The London Pass Explained

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