Visiting London and want to tackle the city’s biggest attractions? The London Pass helps you to explore many of my fair city’s landmarks whilst also cutting down your costs. But is it worth it? Here’s what you need to know.

I’ll be honest. London can be a hellishly expensive city to spend time in – as someone who grew up in London and has been based here for the last few years – I can definitely attest to that. While some of the big sights are free (mostly museums), many others come with eye-watering entrance fees, all of which build up throughout the course of a few days.

No need to cry into your cuppa tea though, there are some canny ways of cutting down your costs during a trip to London – the London Pass is one of those.

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

What is the London Pass?

The London Pass is a card that gives you access to many of London’s best attractions for a period ranging from one to 10 days.

As well as free entry into more than 80 attractions, this London city pass also has added extras including a comprehensive guidebook and a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

Overall, if you’re looking for London attractions combo tickets, the London Pass is a great option as it includes entry to dozens of London icons for a fixed cost.

In London for a couple of days and not sure where to start? Check out my 2 Day London Itinerary.

What’s Included in the London Pass?

There are more than 80 London pass attractions, making this one of the most generous London visitor passes.

I love that the pass includes both well-known attractions like the Tower of London, as well as quirkier places to visit in London like the Old Operating Theatre Museum. As well as attractions in central London, there are others a bit further out – such as Wimbledon and Windsor Castle.

There’s great variety so this pass will suit lots of different people.

Shakespeare Globe
Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre

Included London Pass attractions

The full list of attractions that are free are:

  • The View from the Shard
  • Tower of London
  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Windsor Castle
  • Westminster Abbey
  • London Bridge Experience and London Tombs
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • London Zoo
  • Kensington Palace & The Orangery
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit
  • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)
  • Apsley House
  • Banqueting House
  • Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour
  • Benjamin Franklin House
  • Best LDN Walks tour around Royal London
  • Cartoon Museum
  • Chelsea Cinema
  • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
  • Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Chislehurst Caves
  • Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms
  • City Cruises
  • The Courtauld Gallery (currently closed for renovation)
  • Curzon Mayfair Cinema
  • Curzon Soho Cinema
  • Eltham Palace
  • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
  • Eton College
  • Fan Museum
  • Foundling Museum
  • Guards Museum
  • Handel House Museum
  • Household Cavalry Museum
  • HMS Belfast
  • The Imperial War Museum London (entry to one exhibition)
  • Jason’s Canal Boat Trip
  • Jewel Tower
  • Kew Gardens
  • KIA Oval
  • London Bicycle Tour Company
  • London Canal Museum
  • London Motor Museum
  • London Museum of Water and Steam
  • London Legends Walk
  • London Transport Museum
  • London Wetland Centre
  • Lord’s Cricket Ground
  • The Monument
  • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising
  • Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)
  • Museum of Rugby
  • National Gallery (entry to one exhibition)
  • National Theatre Backstage Tours
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum
  • Pollocks Toy Museum
  • Queen’s Gallery
  • Queen’s Ice & Bowl
  • Renoir Cinema
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Royal Mews
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • The British Museum (entry to one exhibition)
  • The Postal Museum
  • Tour & Exhibition
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • Tate Britain (entry to one exhibition)
  • Tate Modern (entry to one exhibition)
  • Wellington Arch
  • Wembley Stadium Tours
  • Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House
  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
  • Wimbledon Tour Experience

As you can see, there is a great selection. There are a few major attractions that aren’t included however. For example, if you want the London Pass for the London Eye you’ll be disappointed – unfortunately, that one is not included.

Read Next: My Pick of the Best London Attractions

Fast Track Entry Attractions

As well as free entry, you also get “fast track” entry to six attractions. This means you can skip the queue and leave more time for sightseeing. These attractions are:

  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • London Zoo
  • London Bridge Experience
  • Kew Gardens
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral

You also get a free hop-on, hop-off bus tour which will take you via many of the locations on the list, as well as a 175-page guidebook with lots of travel tips.

Travel

By default, the London Pass does not come with free transport apart from the hop-on, hop-off bus tour. However, there is an add-on you can buy to get an Oyster (transport) card that is pre-loaded with credit for the duration of your trip.

The cost for this is:

1 Day2 Day3 Day4 Day5 Day
£10£15£25£40£50

There is also a £5 admin fee charged.

It’s worth noting that the travel on the London Pass is not unlimited. Although it is convenient to get the card and travel together, there’s not a great cost saving when it comes to travel.

To be honest, I don’t think it’s worth getting the Oyster option added on to your London Pass unless you really want to for convenience.

You can buy an Oyster card (get the normal one, not the visitor’s one) with a £5 deposit (which you get back when you surrender the card at the end of your trip) from any underground station, including Heathrow Airport and just top that up with what you need.

What’s more, the Oyster card is subject to a daily capping fee anyway, which varies depending on how many zones you travel in and whether you travel in peak or off-peak times. The daily cap for Zone 1 is £7 or £35 per week – much cheaper than the option provided with the London Pass.

How Much Does the London Pass Cost?

The London Pass price depends on how long you want to use it for.

One of the best things about this London sightseeing pass is that whether you have just got a quick stopover in London, or an extended stay, there will be an option for you.

For London one day pass, the cost is £75 for an adult (£55 for children), however the daily price becomes significantly cheaper the longer you have it for.

DurationAdults (16+)Children (5 – 15)
1 Day£75£55
2 Day£99£75
3 Day£124£88
4 Day*£139£102
5 Day*£149£112
6 Day£159£119
10 Day£189£139

*Only available via Get Your Guide

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Where do you Buy the London Pass?

You can buy the London Pass online, either by booking directly or through Get Your Guide.

I recommend booking through Get Your Guide, as the price is slightly cheaper for the 3 Day passes onwards. Plus, I love the convenience of keeping all your bookings in one spot.

Whether you book direct or through Get Your Guide, you will have the choice between using the official app or getting a hardcopy card.

The app means less fumbling around with papers and no chance of it getting lost. Just make sure you keep your phone charged, as you’ll need to scan the QR code at every attraction you visit.

Another benefit of using the app is that it’s available instantly – no delay or need to go and collect it from anywhere.

If you go for the hardcopy option, then you can either pick it up the London card from the Central London collection point, or get it shipped to your address (at an extra cost).

Your pass will automatically be activated when you scan it at the first attraction. Keep in mind it’s valid for a calendar day, so whether you scan it at 8am or 2pm, it will still expire at midnight that same day.

What’s the Difference Between the London Pass and the London Explorer Pass?

Another popular London visitor pass is the London Explorer Pass. You might be wondering which is the better option.

The two passes operate quite differently. While the London Pass is based on a number of days (with unlimited attractions), the London Explorer Pass is based on the number of attractions, but is more generous with the timeframe.

You can buy either a 3, 4, 5 or 7 attraction pass. You don’t need to plan what attractions you want to visit ahead – just use your credits as you go.

There are over 20 attractions included with the pass. These are:

  • 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tour
  • Arsenal Stadium Tour
  • Banqueting House
  • Body Worlds London
  • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Cutty Sark
  • Dreamworks Tours Shrek’s Adventure!
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • HMS Belfast
  • Kensington Palace
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Thames River Cruise 24 Hour Hop-on, Hop off Sightseeing Tour
  • The London Dungeon
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Wembley Stadium Tour
  • Westminster Abbey

As you can see, one big difference between the London Pass and the London Explorer Pass is that the London Explorer Pass includes the London Eye.

Read More: 20 Cool Facts about the London Eye

The London Eye
The London Eye

Another point of difference between the two passes is that the time limit is much less restrictive. You have 30 days from when you first activate your London Explorer pass to use all of the credits.

In terms of price, it depends on how many attractions you want to visit. See the table below.

Number of attractionsAdult (14+)Child (3 – 12)
3£64£52
4£79£63
5£94£74
7£114£94

As you can see, the London Explorer Pass has far fewer attractions included, but the price is relatively comparable to the London Pass.

If you only have a limited time in London but you are looking to cram as much in as possible, then I think the London Pass represents better value for money.

However, if you want to see only a few attractions over a longer period, then you might find that the London Explorer Pass works for you.

Buy the London Explorer Pass

So, Is the London Pass Worth Getting?

Definitely, if you are looking to tick off a number of the big items during your time in London.

I love my city, but I’ve got to admit that London’s best attractions do not come cheap. That’s why London combo tickets are such a good option.

Not only can they save you a lot of money (more on that soon), but it’s also nice to have prepaid for as many attractions as possible so you don’t have to worry about individual pricing.

Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral

It’s never fun to be deciding if every attraction is worth it – with the London Pass, you just pay once and then you can enjoy dozens of great attractions. In fact, it’s a great motivator to get out and see as much of the city as possible.

Plus, as a general rule the London Pass does offer great value for money. By getting entry to many of the best London attractions with a combination ticket, you can save a lot.

Even if you are only planning to visit a handful of London attractions, the discounts are very worthwhile. For example, the View from the Shard alone is almost half the cost of the one day ticket, at £32.

To break it down, let’s take a look at a typical 3-day itinerary in London.

DAY ONE
Hop on hop off bus tour£34
Tower of London£27.50
Westminster Abbey£23
View from the Shard£32
DAY TWO
Thames River Cruise£19.25
HMS Belfast£16.35
London Bridge Experience£28.95
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre£17
DAY THREE
Hampton Court Palace£24
Wimbledon Tour Experience£25
Wimbledon Tennis Museum£13
TOTAL COST WITHOUT PASS£260
COST OF PASS£124
SAVING£136 (over 50%)

As you can see, the London Pass is a great London attraction deal – you can expect to keep plenty more pounds in your pocket (perhaps for a cocktail later?).

While I’m a big fan of the London Pass – and there are thousands of great London Pass reviews, too – it’s not perfect for everyone.

If you’re visiting London but you aren’t fussed about visiting the big names like the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and the View from the Shard, you might not get as much value for money.

Likewise, if you’re the type of person who likes to really soak up an attraction and spend a whole day there, you might find the time limits restrictive.

It’s worth having a think about exactly what attractions you want to visit, and then doing some quick maths to work out whether it makes sense for you.

If you’re looking for a London museum pass, for example, it’s worth noting that many of London’s museums are free, so you don’t really need a pass at all, just rock up at the museums you want to visit and you’re all set.

Overall, however, I really recommend this London tourist pass for those who are coming to the city – especially first timers who want to cram as much in as they can.

Not only can you save a lot of money, but it’s a great motivator to hit the pavement (or the tube) and see as much as you possibly can during your stay.

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Tips for Making the Most of Your London Pass

  • The London Pass runs for a calendar day, rather than a 24 hour period. Therefore if you activate it at 1pm in the afternoon, it will still run out at midnight that day. To really make the most of it, set that alarm early to fit in as much as possible as most attractions close around 5pm.
  • Another reason to get up early is to beat the crowds. In the middle of the day, they can be really intense with long queues. To spend more time exploring and less time queuing, I recommend using your “fast track” tickets in the middle of the day, and putting the non-fast track attractions at the beginning and end of the day, when the crowds are thinner.
  • The big ticket items on the London Pass include the View from the Shard (normally £32), Tower of London (normally £28), Westminster Abbey (normally £23), the London Bridge Experience (normally £29) and Kensington Palace (normally £20). I’d definitely recommend trying to fit these into your itinerary, as they will represent the biggest savings.
  • The London Pass hop on hop off bus tour is included for free, and is a great way to get acquainted with the city (and save on transport costs). Sure, they’re a bit kitsch – but it’s lots of fun and a good way to get around to most of the city’s highlights.
  • Although it’s tempting to fit in as much as possible while using the pass, make sure you leave yourself enough time to really enjoy what you visit. The atmosphere of London is amazing, and you don’t want to miss it as you run from attraction to attraction.

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First up, well before you go, you should start with two of my most popular London guides: The Best Time to Visit London and What to Pack for London.

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Looking to explore? These are the London sightseeing spots you shouldn’t miss or you can delve deeper in my guide to the best things to do in London.

Short on time? Read my one day and two day London itineraries – complete with practical tips to help you ace your trip.

If you do want to visit some of the bigger attractions, consider whether buying the London Pass will work out cheaper for your trip – it’s often worth it if you plan to see a lot in the course of a few days to a week.

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