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. Larry Cohen says:

    For the week I am going to be in london I am planning a day trip to Paris, I was wondering if I purchased a 3 day pass does it have to be used 3 consecutive days or any 3 days that week?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Larry,

      Sorry, but these passes are all for consecutive days. -Roger

  2. Donna says:

    You noted just a few of the 55 attractions included in the London Pass. Could you pass on a complete list – or can I find that elsewhere?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Donna,

      You can get a complete list of all the attractions and other benefits on londonpass.com. -Roger

      1. Will says:

        Just a warning about the London Pass. I, like many others, bought the pass while the discount was available recently even though I won’t hit London til May. Without warning London Pass has quietly started removing some of the attractions that were listed when I bought the pass, such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Eton College.

        1. Roger Wade says:

          Will,

          Thanks for this notice. I contacted the London Pass people and here is their response: “Eton College is closed for the whole of 2014 and therefore we have removed mentions of it to avoid confusion. St. Pauls has come off the pass and pass holders won’t be able to visit past April 1st. However, we will contacting all customers who purchased before it was removed and are coming past April 1st to compensate them in some way.

          We will be adding some exciting big new attractions in the coming weeks which will alleviate St. Pauls coming off the pass. It is worth noting that Westminster Abbey (similar attraction) is still on the pass and very popular.”

          ———–

          So Eton College just happens to be closed, and St. Paul’s will be swapped out for at least one other good attraction starting in April. -Roger

          1. Will says:

            Thanks for your help Roger.

  3. Victoria Ryan says:

    Can I buy a London Pass in London? And, if so, where?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Victoria,

      I believe you can buy a London Pass at a few transit offices in big train stations, but it will be easier to buy it online and then collect it (for free, on the same day if you wish) from the main London Pass ticket office near Leicester Square. -Roger

      The London Pass Redemption Desk
      11a Charing Cross Road
      London, WC2H 0EP
      (Nearest Underground Station: Leicester Square, take Exit 1)

  4. Stephanie says:

    I agree with Sorin – the numbers do not add up if you want the 1 day pass and I would not recommend the one day pass. You will notice the people who have given positive comments are those who bought the 6 day pass which I would highly recommend and I think is great value for money. I am annoyed because I travelled with 3 children who we thought we should buy passes for. When we got to 3 of the 6 attractions we went to on the 2 day pass – children were free!! So 141 pound for 3 children was not value for money. On top of that we were in London at the beginning of August 2013 and the only long queue we had was for Westminsdter Abbey and the London Pass does not fast track that attraction!! But I love London!!

  5. Sorin Acela says:

    The presentation on their web pages says that a 1-day-LP holder will have free access to 90-GBP worth of attractions. How is that “free”, if you have to pay 47 GBP for the pass? That is not “free”, that is a 48% discount. And that is the maximum discount, if you have time to visit the whole 90-GBP worth in one day, which rarely happens. If you are quick around London, and focus only on those attractions, you may visit 4 of them in one day, which is about 70-GBP worth, then the actual best discount is about 20-25%. If one plans to see less than 4 attractions in one day, the pass is useless.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Sorin,

      I’m assuming you are new to the Western world and its advertising and marketing standards. The actual reviews of the London Pass are very positive, and if you want to complain about the offer you are better off doing it directly to them, as I have no influence in their pitch. But for your sake, I hope you are able to get past this or you are going to have a long and frustrating life ahead of you. -Roger

      1. Sorin Acela says:

        And I assume you are new to civility and to mathematics. So you might have a very nice life. It’s your world. It’s full of the likes of you 😉
        You are also new to the concept of variety of opinions. Not all people can think like you. Some of them didn’t skip the mathematics classes and may work in complex analysis fields that require more qualification than you can acquire.

        1. Roger Wade says:

          Okay Sorin, perhaps my first reply was overly glib, and I assume I’m older than you are. But I still contend that it’s up to each of us to sort out the truth in these numbers rather than just assume the advertisements are working in our best interest. This whole site is about trying to sort out the truth in numbers, to help travelers compare destinations based on price among other things. Still, this sort of marketing technique, where a company promotes “50% savings” is on every corner, and in the case of the London Pass, that’s why I wrote this long article about which people it’s good for and which it isn’t. I don’t recommend it for everyone, most likely including you. -Roger

  6. Kay says:

    I agree! We found the London Pass to be well worth the price. Having visited in mid June (2013) we had no need for “skip the lines”. There were never any long lines, except at the London Eye which isn’t included in the pass anyway.

  7. Laurie says:

    We bought a six day pass as well as a travel card and agree with your review. This was our first time in London, we were staying less than a week and wanted to see a lot of attractions. The London pass was perfect. Being able to skip the lines kept us out of the rain and the travel card made hopping on and off the buses and tube extremely easy. For us it was definitely worth the money.

  8. Ain says:

    1. Can you please tell me the things to see and do in London on Christmas day and on 24, 26 and 27 december
    2. Mid range shopping areas in and near marble arch
    3. Where to board the hop on and hop off bus and cost.
    thank you

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for the info on the London Pass, very useful.

  10. Ken says:

    Thanks for the tips which clearly analysis whether need to buy a London Pass or not.