London Pass Review – 2022 London Travel Pass Discount and Prices

London is a very peculiar city for budget travelers. If you just turn up with little preparation you are guaranteed to think that it’s the most expensive place on earth. Unlike most other large and famous cities, the center of London feels like a trap built to suck all the money out of your wallet and your credit cards. Every turn brings another outrageous expense, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve previously discussed London budget travel tips, and if you follow that advice you can actually cut your expenses in half or so, while having just as much fun in the process. Generally, London prices are near the highest on our cheapest European cities list, but savvy travelers and those who do their research can save a lot.

COVID Updates in 2022 for the London Pass

As you might already know, a lot of the attractions included in the London Pass have been closed off and on since March, 2020. Now that we’re settled into 2022, things are starting to look up and it seems likely that vaccinated visitors will be able to explore London in full.

Even though many attractions have raised their prices since the start of 2020, the London Pass is now quite a bit cheaper than before. Because of this, it is now an even better deal than it used to be.

London Passes are good for two years from the date of purchase AND they will give a full refund of any unused passes for up to 90 days. So, with that said, there isn’t much risk if you buy a London Pass, and prices will probably go back up once things are closer to being back to normal.

The London Pass – Is it worth it?

As much as you might save on your bed plus food and drink, you are really coming to London to see its many world-class attractions. More than any other city on the planet, many of London’s most famous attractions are actually free, or at least courtesy of UK taxpayers. However, of the paid and famous ones, London attraction prices are easily among the highest in the world. So is the London Pass worth it?

London is a very unusual city so the answer is complicated. The attractions other than the state-run museums tend to be expensive, and you have to factor in the value of the London travel pass that comes along with the main London Pass as well. We’ve previously reviewed the Paris Pass and reviewed the New York Pass, and the answer here is at least as complicated.

Short version: If you want to visit the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Windsor Castle, then a London Pass is probably going to save you time and money. Better still, if you can get a London Pass at a discount, it’s obviously even easier to save money.

But if you think the British Museum and Tate Modern (not including the special exhibits) are interesting enough, you can skip a London Pass and still enjoy a visit.

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3 categories of London attractions

Free attractions

  • British Museum*
  • Tate Modern Museum* (plus about 20 other state-run museums)
  • Speakers’ Corner
  • Hyde Park
  • The Changing of the Guards
  • and many more

London attractions NOT included in the London Pass

  • The London Eye (Ferris wheel)
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

The 80+ attractions that ARE included in the London Pass

  • One-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour – £29
  • View from the Shard (London’s new tallest building) Observation Deck – £32
  • Uber Boat by Thames Clippers 1-day River Roamer – £21
  • Tower of London – £29.90
  • Windsor Castle – £26.50
  • Westminster Abbey – £24
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral – £20
  • London Bridge Experience – £28.95
  • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour – £25
  • Arsenal Stadium Tour – £23
  • London Stadium Tour – £21
  • Hampton Court Palace – £25.30
  • London Zoo – £37.50

So look at the lists above. If you are on a backpacker budget it’s obvious that you can have a great time in London without buying the London Pass. Or, if you are only in London for a few days and you have your heart set on doing the London Eye and Madam Tussaud’s, then the London Pass might actually slow you down more than it helps.

However, if you look at the things the London Pass offers it’s a very impressive list. Many of us don’t like museums, or at least not for more than an hour or so at a time, and a great number of the more exciting attractions are included with the London Pass.

New: London Explorer Pass

Introduced in July, 2017, the London Pass company has introduced the London Explorer Pass as an alternative or complement to the London Pass. It provides prepaid entry to 3, 5, or 7 of the most expensive London attractions including the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure, and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. None of these is covered by the normal London Pass and if you want to visit those places you WILL save money with the London Explorer Pass.

>>>Read our full London Explorer Pass review

2022 Prices of the London Pass

  • 1-Day Adult Pass: £69 (£84 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 1-Day Child Pass: £45 (£55.10 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 2-Day Adult Pass: £95 (£115 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 2-Day Child Pass: £59 (£79.20 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 3-Day Adult Pass: £109 (£139 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 3-Day Child Pass: £73 (£103.30 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 6-Day Adult Pass: £149
  • 6-Day Child Pass: £95
  • 10-Day Adult Pass: £169 (£224 with Oyster Card travel option)
  • 10-Day Child Pass: £115 (£170 with Oyster Card travel option)

London Passes with Oyster Card explained

An OysterCard works as an unlimited travel card, but it is more flexible and doesn’t need to be used only in the days that your London Pass is valid. For the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day London Passes, the OysterCard actually contains more travel credit than you will use in those number of days. In other words, if you get a 1-day London Pass with an OysterCard, you can use it for unlimited transportation on one day, and you’ll still have enough credit for one more ride on another day. For the 10-day London Pass the travel option comes with slightly less than you’ll need for unlimited trips for the entire 10 days, but it should provide enough credit for what you’ll actually need. On 1 or 2 days you’ll likely only take one or two rides, so you won’t need the unlimited travel every day of your visit.

The short version: The Oyster Travel Card that comes with your London Pass will cover unlimited public transport for all of the days your London Pass is valid for, and you’ll have at least a bit more credit left to use on other days, or to get from Heathrow into the city as long as you have your London Pass delivered to your home.

>>>Strategies for using the London Pass

Best London Pass itineraries for 1, 2, and 3-day passes

If you only have 3 or fewer sightseeing days in London, planning it with your London Pass (or without a London Pass) can be confusing. We are here to help so we have visited and reviewed everything, to help separate the lesser and more distant attractions from the absolute best of them that are easy to see on short visits.

>>>Best London Pass itineraries for 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day passes.

London Pass now includes a free smart phone app, and a free electronic guidebook

One of the best features of the London Pass used to be the helpful guidebook that comes along with the deal, but you’d have to wait until the pass was shipped to you (or you picked it up in London) in order to read it. London Pass allows you to download a free 160-page guidebook so you can start figuring out your schedule right away. Better still, you can also download their free iPhone or Android app for your phone or tablet, and you can get these before you even order. The app is helpful for finding your GPS location and which attractions are nearby.

Is the London Pass a good value then?

As long as you are interested in visiting enough of the included attractions, the London Pass is definitely a good value. Unlike some other cities we’ve covered, this pass pays for itself very quickly. If you visit only 3 big attractions in one day you’ve already saved money, not to mention the fact that you can skip the notoriously long queues in the process.

If you opt for the 2, 3, or 6-day option then you can take in as few as 2 attractions per day and still save money. Honestly, this is the best-value city pass we’ve looked at, as long as you are actually interested in these attractions.

Important advice for getting value out of your London Pass

Once in a while I hear from someone who feels disappointed with their London Pass experience, and we can all learn from the mistakes that they invariably made. It requires a bit of work and planning to maximize your sightseeing and value with the London Pass.

1. Start early in the day (around 9am if possible)

Most of the top attractions don’t really get crowded until late in the morning, so if you can leave your hotel by around 9am you’ll have time to see two top attractions before lunch. You’ll then have the rest of the afternoon to see two or three more things, and the whole evening to have a leisurely dinner and spend time in a pub or attend the theatre. But if you can’t leave your hotel until close to noon, you’ll find that everything is quite crowded already and you’ll feel behind schedule the whole day.

2. Plan your sightseeing route before you go out of the day

The other mistake that some people make is they only plan one thing at a time, so they have to scramble when they leave to figure out where to go next. London is a huge city, and although many of the included attractions are close to each other, many others are not. The free smart phone app helpfully puts all the attractions on a map and lists the hours for each. With a bit of advanced planning before leaving your hotel, you’ll be able to get from attraction to attraction quickly and efficiently, and get great value out of your London Pass.

Who is the London Pass good for:

As mentioned above, this pass isn’t ideal for everyone, so look at your own circumstances to see if it’s right for you.

  • Those who definitely want to visit many included attractions
  • Families (skipping queues is invaluable with little ones)
  • First-time visitors only in London for a few days
  • Visitors who don’t love state-run museums

Who is the London Pass NOT good for:

  • Those on backpacker budgets
  • People who prefer museums over exciting and unusual attractions
  • Visitors staying more than one week in London, and prefer to see no more than one attraction per day

Expert London Pass tips from a pro

In 2016 I lived in London for 6 months and I visited nearly every one of these attractions at least once so I could compare them and recommend the ones that are the best value on a short visit.

Here are the best London Pass attractions for visits of 3 days or less:

Hop-on, hop-off bus tour (£29)

If possible you should do the HOHO bus on your first full morning in London, as it’s the best and fastest way to get oriented. The full route takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours depending on traffic, and the first two hours are the best. If you start at Victoria Station you can get off at the Tower of London and you’ve done most of the best parts.

NEW in 2018: London Pass now comes with your choice of the Big Bus Tour or the Golden Tour. Both companies are similar and run basically the same routes, but now you have twice as many departure times available for the same price.

View from the Shard (£32)

Take the elevator up to the 68th floor to enjoy the view from Western Europe’s tallest building and observation deck. The Shard is just south of the Thames and it’s within walking distance of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, which are both also included and highly recommended.

Tower of London (£29.90)

This riverside castle is almost 1,000 years old and it’s the sort of thing that you really have to see in person once in your life. It might be a bit dry for the kids, but you can see the highlights in an hour or so, or take a free tour with the beefeater guards if you come at the right time.

Windsor Castle (£26.50)

If you want to see a historic and fancy castle, Windsor is the one you want. It’s located a bit north of London, but you can get there in less than 45 minutes from Paddington Station, and the trains are included with the London Pass. There is a good chance your hotel is close to Paddington Station, so this one is far faster and easier to reach than you might think.

Westminster Abbey (£24)

Even if you’ve seen your share of cathedrals in your lifetime, you haven’t seen one like this. Westminster Abbey is by far the most stunning and interesting church on the interior that you’ll ever see. It’s very central so you’ll pass by it no matter what, and you can do the free walking tour with the audio guide in about an hour once inside.

Arsenal or Chelsea or Wimbledon Stadium Tours (£23+)

All three of these stadium tours are very enjoyable and impressive. If you are a fan of Chelsea or Arsenal then your choice will be obvious. The tours are quite different from each other, and all are worthwhile. If you don’t care about tennis then the Arsenal tour is the best of the three, and it’s the most central and easiest to reach.

London Bridge Experience (£28.95)

This “experience” is sort of an interactive comedy and history show for the first 30 minutes, and then a very professionally put together haunted house for the remaining 30 minutes. If you aren’t a haunted house fan then skip this. But if it sounds like fun then it’s a good use of an hour and it’s located near several other attractions.

Conclusion

Here at Price of Travel we are all about value, but it’s important to remember that the whole point of traveling to cities like London is to see the things that interest you there. Fans of the big museums can save a lot of money by skipping the London Pass and concentrating on the British Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert plus many more.

But if you want to see the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle or even the Chelsea Football Stadium Tour then you’ll be astonished by how expensive everything in London is and the London Pass is a great way to keep you from spending too much or skipping things because you are worried about going over budget. Also, if you haven’t reserved a room yet, check out our recommended London hotels for our expert choices.

 

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Note: If a larger discount is being offered, you’ll automatically get the best discount with the above link.

NOTE: This article was originally published in 2011, and has been updated continuously since then to reflect current prices and new features.

Short video showing the highlights of the London Pass

Here’s a 68-second video I made that shows the top London Pass attractions, including many that allow you to skip the queue.

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  1. Niki says:

    I am staying in Paris , but taking train to visit London for 2 days/1 night with my husband and 2 kids (11 and 16). Wondering if the 1 day or 2 day pass with oyster card will be best. We arrive in London at 8:30 in the morning July 11 and will leave back to Paris 8 in the evening on July 12th. Please advise. Should we do the HOHO tour upon arrival that day? Do we visit the attractions when using the HOHO or are we simply “seeing” them? We want to visit as much as possible in the short time we have. Thank you in advance.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Niki,

      As long as you are interested in enough of the included attractions, I’d say a 2-day London Pass could work very well for you. And I do think doing the HOHO bus tour on your first morning is ideal because it helps orient you to where everything is in the city. The Eurostar arrives at St. Pancras Station and you can take the tube on the Victoria line to Victoria Station, which is where the HOHO bus begins its route. Starting in mid morning should be a good way of minimizing the traffic slow-downs on the bus.

      I’d recommend getting a good seat up top and then staying on the bus for the first 2.5 hours or so until you get to the Tower of London, as long as you are planning on visiting it. After that stop the bus goes across the Thames and kind of winds its way back towards Victoria and that part of the tour has fewer highlights. So you can get off at Tower of London and you are also a short walk from several other included attractions such as the Tower Bridge Experience and the London Dungeon. You are also a reasonable walk back to St. Paul’s Cathedral. After that bus ride and those few attractions you’ll still have a few hours left on your first day to do more included things, and of course the whole second day. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  2. Adi Makhija says:

    Roger – I am visiting London with my wife for 4 days and I am considering the 3-day London Pass for both of us. I have two questions that I can use your help on:

    1. What is the benefit of getting the Oyster card with my London Pass instead of getting it from Heathrow when we land. It seems the £5 deposit will be charged either way (3 days pass charges £30 for Oyster card and gives £25 travel credit). Also, I won’t have to get the London Pass and Oyster card shipped to US with the latter option.

    2. How does the 2-for-1 deals compare to the 3-day London Pass (https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london)? I am not sure I understand how to take advantage of this 2-4-1 deal with a train ride completely so I am looking for some guidance there.

    Thank you for your help and a great travel website.

    Cheers,
    Adi

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Adi,

      I’m happy you enjoy the website.

      1. Getting the Oyster Card with the London Pass is convenient for people who don’t want to buy a card when they arrive. If you are taking the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow into the city then buying a card at the airport is probably the best choice, but if you take the Heathrow Express or some other method then having the card already saves the hassle, especially consider that most flights arrive in the morning after flying all night. It’s just a convenience for some people, and your math looks to be right.

      2. I’d never heard of the 2 for 1 deal, as it seems to be marketed only for people who live elsewhere in Britain. As far as I can tell, it’s a program for British people who are taking a long train ride into London for a holiday, and they can get 2 for 1 tickets on some attractions with a qualifying train ticket. In other words, you have to buy a ticket to London from York or Liverpool or Glasgow or something like that, and not just a train ticket from Heathrow. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  3. Nat says:

    We will be arrive in London at LGW on May 15, 2018. We have the 6 day London pass with the Oyster card. Whats the best way to get from LGW to London? Also we are planning to go to Stonehenge. Can you suggest the best day to go and possible methods to get there?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Nat,

      From Gatwick Airport it’s best and fastest to take the Gatwick Express train. There is a station right at the airport and it gets into Victoria Station in London in a bit under an hour. There are several departures each hour and some make 1 or 2 stops along the way, but the travel time is only a bit different so I typically take the cheapest one. You can buy tickets online and then pick them up from a machine at the airport train station by inserting the credit card you used. There are also buses but they take much longer, and taxis are MUCH more expensive and usually slower as well.

      Stonehenge is about two hours out of London by bus or train. It’s possible to book a train ticket yourself and then find the local bus that goes from the nearest train station to Stonehenge, but it’s only a bit cheaper than way and quite a hassle. I actually recommend booking a day-tour by bus, which can be booked in advance online and most of them leave from the Victoria Bus Terminal, across from the Victoria Train Station. Nearly all Stonehenge bus tours include at least one other sight, with the lovely town of Bath being perhaps the best option. In other words, visiting Stonehenge will basically take a full day and it’s not cheap, but the bus tours are enjoyable and pretty stress free. Hopefully you can find one that includes something else you want to see. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  4. Brad says:

    Just back from London/UK trip. We were in London for 4 of our 6 days with the weekend away – so it made sense to buy the 6 day pass instead of the 3 day pass; so we could use it on Friday and then Mon-Wednesday. Before the trip I had calculated that we might overspend on the passes – but thought the convenience would be worth the risk. – WOW this is an understatement – we were able to see almost all of the “Bucket list” London sights as well as Windsor and Greenwich and just showed the card. I figure we saved 30+% over the regular charges by using London Pass. We did not get the travel card but did purchase the dining card which was not great for our locations or tastes. We took advantage of the train ride to Windsor as well as the boat to Greenwich. Overall I thought the London Pass was well worth it – the only thing that we tried but did not care for was the hop-on hop off bus. I’m sure its useful – but we were able to navigate the city and see the sights just as well using the tube. In the future it would be great if they could add the London Eye and some out of town items – maybe York.