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: 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. Sue says:

    Thanks Roger for your reply!
    That is pretty much what we’re thinking, to do the HOHO bus on our first day. We’re staying at the Doubletree near Victoria Station (got a great deal!) which looks close enough to walk to lots of places. Still have to decide on how many days ticket to get (we’re there for 3 days) but probably will just go for a 2 day pass.
    We’re now thinking of getting the National Bus from the airport as it’s only 5 pound each and the drop off is Victoria Bus Station, not far from our hotel, which will save us having to change at Piccadilly, but thanks for the info on the tube!

    Thanks again,
    Regards
    Sue (Australia)

  2. Sue says:

    Hi Roger, So happy I discovered your website as my head is spinning trying to do the sums on all these city passes! Having read thru all info I still have a question or two which I hope you can help me with…
    I’m a bit confused with the HOHO bus – if I was to purchase the 2 day London Pass which includes a one day HOHO ticket, am I expected to use up one of my days for the bus (if we want to spend the day just touring on the buses) or can it be used in addition to the 2 days covered by the Pass?
    I was also wondering about getting the train from Heathrow Airport, I realise the Oyster Card doesn’t cover the Heathrow Express but if we were to go by Tube which I think it does cover, is it a good option for travellers with luggage (our flight is due to arrive at 6am, 31st July 2016)?
    Thanks for your help,
    Sue

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Sue,

      I’m always glad to hear that this information is helpful. Yes, the HOHO bus ticket is only valid during one of the eligible days of your overall London Pass. That might seem disappointing at first, but you probably don’t want to spend a whole day on the HOHO anyway. Those buses are fantastic to take early in your trip, so you get your bearings and know what is where and what you might like to return to later. But they are a poor method of general transportation.

      Having done literally dozens of these HOHO buses in different cities (although I am based in London at the moment), I highly recommend doing the whole loop straight through first and absorbing the whole tour. After that, if you want to stay on to reach one of the next few stops, it’s not a bad way to go. Or if you want to get off once or perhaps twice on your first loop because you want to see something along the way, it can be okay as long as it’s a stop where many people get off and on.

      The problem is that very few people get off at most stops, so if you want to get on at that stop you might have to stay downstairs in the enclosed area until a popular stop when people do get off. And they tend to be pretty crowded most of the day. If you get on at a popular stop then you can usually get a good seat on top right away, or wait for the next bus to come in 10 minutes and you’ll get one for sure. Again, it’s a great and helpful tour, but kind of a pain in the neck to try to use to go from one attraction to another.

      Fortunately, many top attractions are fairly close to each other, with many along the river so it’s a nice walk between them. And for the more far-flung attractions, the tube is far faster. So my advice is to do the HOHO on the first morning of your pass, all the way around, and then mostly get around on foot or on the tube. You might find yourself near a HOHO stop and wanting to go to a nearby stop, and if that’s the case you can do it on that first day, and it won’t be a problem if you are downstairs without the full view.

      As for getting from Heathrow on the tube, it works better than you might think. The carriages on those Piccadilly trains that go to Heathrow have a clear section near each door that is designated for luggage. And it’s the last stop on the line, so the carriages are empty at Heathrow and the only other passengers are fellow visitors (and a few airport workers). So the trick is to move quickly into a carriage without many other people going onto it, and set your bag in the luggage area and sit in the seat right next to it. The carriages do start filling up with normal passengers as they go, and sometimes they do get a bit crowded, but the airport is an official stop so there will be other people with luggage as well. Of course, the smaller your luggage, the easier it will be to keep with you. And if you have a bag that can sit on your lap, it’s very easy. Have a great trip. -Roger

  3. Sheri Warner says:

    Hi,

    My husband and I will be in London for 3 days in August, 2016. I am deciding whether to purchase the London Pass with the Oyster option, or just purchase the London Pass through your website and purchase the Oyster when we arrive at Heathrow. I do see the London Pass as a tremendous value due to all the attractions that are included that we want to see.

    My question, and I’ve read most of the previous posts to find my answer, is with regard to the OysterCard. I read on another site that if you purchase the standard OysterCard, not the Visitor one, that you pay a refundable deposit and can get a refund if you don’t use all of your OysterCard. If I purchase the London Pass with the OysterCard option, and don’t use all the funds on the OysterCard, can I get the funds refunded to me?

    Thank you
    Sheri

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Sheri,

      You’ve really researched this thoroughly, which is admirable because this is a complicated subject. On the London Pass website it says: “Any credit you don’t use can be kept on the Oyster Travelcard for use at a later date. If you want to claim a refund on any unused value/credit, please visit a Transport for London ticket desk.”

      So it’s the same as the individual ones that you buy here in London (I’m actually based in London for the next 6 months). The one thing I’m NOT sure about is if the London Pass Oyster Card is a temporary “free” one, which has no deposit value in the card itself, or whether it’s the thick ones that you buy in London for £5. My best guess is that it’s a temporary free one, so you wouldn’t pay the £5 for it, and you wouldn’t get that refunded. You definitely can get a refund on any unused travel balance though.

      It’s a great system because you can use it to ride the Tube (and/or the buses) in the city center all day and it only deducts £6.50 from your Oyster Card. So you can use it like crazy for a few days and then barely use it at all on other days, and you’ll have a decent balance left on the thing at the end.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

      1. Sheri says:

        Thank you, Roger, for the information. It sounds like the offer for the 3-day London Pass with OysterCard on your website is the way to go. We’ll be sure to purchase before this Friday, the 27th, to get the discount.

        Sheri

  4. Amy says:

    Traveling to London, Brighton, and Cardiff, Wales the third week of June. Planning to buy the London Pass for our two days in London. Assume that it will help us with the summer crowds. The London Pass + Oyster travelcard says it works for overground trains but it looks like just in the London area. If so, is there a transportation card you would recommend that would work for London and for our other train journeys?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Amy,

      Yes, the Oyster Card is just for Greater London, and it’s mainly just a pre-payment system. It does provide “discounts” for travel, but that is really more of just a penalty for NOT using it and buying tickets one at a time from an agent or machine.

      Brighton is the last stop on one of the commuter rail lines from London, and you can get a ticket for an off-peak train for £10.60 round-trip if you come back on the same day. It takes about 75 minutes from London, by the way. If you stay overnight it costs a bit more, and if you need to travel at peak times (mornings and late afternoons, Monday through Friday) it costs even more. But if you are flexible, it’s a cheap ticket. The Train Line is my favorite website for British rail tickets.

      For Cardiff, or anywhere else outside of Greater London, the trick is to buy your tickets as soon as possible. Check the site linked above and you’ll see that the fares are pretty reasonable now for mid June. But if you were to wait until just before you wanted to go, those same seats would be extremely expensive.

      There are some “discount cards” for couples and families and senior citizens, though you have to buy them so I think they are only good value for people who are going to use them many times. Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

      1. Amy says:

        Roger, Thank you so much for your informative website and your quick and lengthy reply. I have bookmarked your site and will let others know how helpful both you and the site have been in planning our trip!

  5. Ron says:

    Hi Roger; I’ve used the London Pass previously and it is great (travelling solo). I’m now bringing my family and we are staying in London from Mid Dec later this year to early Jan (17 days). I was going to buy the 6 day pass and use before xmas to see all of the major attractions, but noticed a comment that for longer stays that the London Pass is not good for. Can you please clarify why that is the case? Thank you.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Ron,

      In your case, the London Pass idea is probably a good one. My comment about a London Pass not being ideal for longer visits relates to how much sightseeing you want to squeeze into a shorter time. As you know, when you buy a city pass like this, you really have to use it 2 or 3 times per day in order to get good value out of it. The longer the pass, the less you have to rush.

      But still, let’s say there are 10 things you want to see in London and you’ll be there for 17 days. If you want to do them all in a 6-day period, then a London Pass should be good value. But if you wanted to space those 10 things out over 14 days, seeing one thing a day and having a few days off, then obviously a London Pass wouldn’t make sense. For example, if you have a lot of time, you might make a whole day out of a visit to Windsor Castle and the area nearby. That said, I think the 6-day pass should work well, and it will give you 11 more days where you don’t feel the pressure to go sightseeing every day in order to get decent value. Have a great trip. -Roger

      1. Ron says:

        Thanks Roger. That is very helpful… appreciate your assistance. rgds Ron

  6. Dr.Gautam B says:

    London Pass seems to be worthy of its value specially considering the facts that the queues can be avoided at many places and it really pays its price if not more…

  7. natalie says:

    I tried to use the discount code from your link, but there is nowhere to enter it on page 4 of checkout. Do you have to put your credit card info in first?

    Thanks!

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Natalie,

      I just checked it again and it’s there. At the bottom of the Step 4 area look for the words, “Promo code? Click here” and you’ll see it. Just click on that and you can enter the code. Good luck. -Roger

  8. S.T.Menon says:

    Hi Roger,
    Me,my wife and two boys ( 4 adults) will be visiting London from 4th Dec 8.00 pm to 8th Dec. (8.00 am). We are keen to visit maximum possible attractions on 5th, 6th and 7th of December. Pleas let us know if purchasing 3-day London pass along with travel/oyster pass is worth it. In general we would like to skip the Museum types but visit other more popular attractions that London is so famous for. Pls advice how we can make the best of of this opportunity to visit this lovely city.

    Thank you

    1. Roger Wade says:

      ST Menon,

      It actually sounds like you are the types of visitors that the London Pass was made for. London is partly famous for its many free museums, but many of us can only handle a few hours of museums in any given trip, and anyone with children will also struggle if they try to focus on the British Museum and such. The London Pass includes many attractions that are meant for families, so I think it would be ideal. Better still, at this exact moment the 3-day London Pass is on sale so it’s almost the same price as the 2-day London Pass. That would be perfect for you because it’s like getting one day free, meaning that you won’t need to race around all 3 days in order to get the most use out of it.

      And I am a big fan of the OysterCard version because you’ll almost certainly want to buy and use one of those anyway. If you buy them on your own you have to pay a £5 deposit for each card, and getting the deposit back at the end of your stay might mean standing in a long line. I have 2 OysterCards at home for this reason.

      As far as getting the best use out of the London Pass, my best advice is to download the free London Pass smartphone app (ios or Android), which you can do even before you buy your passes. It shows everything on an interactive map, along with descriptions and operating hours etc. It’s very handy for figuring out the most efficient route between attractions. The other bit of advice is to start as early in the day as you are able to, at around 9am or so, when things are first opening. What happens is that many tourists get a late start, so even the best places are almost empty for the first couple of hours, but then by noontime they can be jammed. If you are in front of your first attraction at 9am then you can do that and one other big attraction before lunch, and by then you’ve almost gotten your money’s worth for the day, with an entire afternoon to do 1 or 2 or 3 more things.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. The timing is perfect for this sale, and I hope you see this in time. Please click on the link in the article to get the best price. -Roger

  9. Pam says:

    Hi Roger
    My husband & I will be in London mid Dec 2015 & plan to buy the 3 Day London Pass. Being winter is there a risk that many of the leading attractions could possibly be closed if weather is severe. I guess this is the chance we take when travelling during winter. Thanks for your reply. BTW great site with just about every question re London Pass answered with so much information & more. 🙂

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Pam,

      You’d be incredibly unlucky if there are any weather-related attraction closures in London in December. The city does get chilly and it’s famous for drizzle, but it very rarely snows or anything else severe. As they always say, dress in layers so you can stay warm because you’ll be going inside and outside frequently during your visit.

      As you can see on the London page on this site, the average temperatures in December are above freezing, even at night. And again, it rarely pours so it’s usually just a mist or drizzle that you have to deal with when it rains. I’m sure you’ll have a great visit and the weather shouldn’t be a problem. -Roger

  10. Claire says:

    Hi Roger

    I will be travelling to London with my family (5 adults) from 15 Sept to 18 Sept 2015. I’m planning to buy 2 days London Pass with Oyster Card. Is it a good choice?

    Thanks for your reply.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Claire,

      Yes, assuming that you are interested in visiting at least a few of the major (and expensive) attractions that come with the London Pass, then I think it’s a great choice. London is still quite crowded in September so being able to skip the queues will also be helpful. Have a great trip. -Roger