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.

Exclusive discount for Price of Travel readers

  • Get 10% off all London Passes

Use promo code: LONPOT10 (Look for “promo code?” in Step 4 of checkout)

>>>Click this link and use code LONPOT10 to receive 10% off all London Passes.

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

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.


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.


Exclusive discount for Price of Travel readers

  • Get 10% off all London Passes

Use promo code: LONPOT10 (Look for “promo code?” in Step 4 of checkout)

>>>Click this link and use code LONPOT10 to receive 10% off all London Passes.
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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All Comments

  1. Janet Morell says:

    We just returned from London where we had purchased a two day pass. We saved some money using it after carefully planning what we wanted to do in advance.
    On Day 1 we had planned to see Westminster Abbey first but it was closed for a special service so we hopped on the river cruise and headed down to The Tower of London. We then took a ferry across the Thames to The Globe theatre and did the tour. We also visited the Tate Modern – free – before our dinner reservation at the Swan and our visit to see King Lear at the Globe. We appreciated the Globe more after the earlier tour.
    The second day we took the train to Windsor Castle and on our return hopped on the HOHO bus near Paddington and got off near Westminster Abbey and visited the Abbey. We then got back on the HOHO bus and went to near Oxford Street to do some evening shopping.
    We would have spent close to 140 pounds when you include the train fare to Windsor which is included in the London Pass.
    The next day we did all the free attractions we wanted to see such as the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and Museum of London.
    We bought the London Pass at Heathrow and then got an Oyster card at Paddington underground. We got very cheap Heathrow Express tickets as we bought well in advance online and happened to be arriving on a Sunday.

  2. Kyle says:


    We will be traveling to London next week and am interested in the London Pass with Travel. It states that to get the travel portion I need to pay online in advance. Do you know if I have the option of prepaying and picking up the London Passes and Oyster Cards once I arrive? Unfortunately I wasn’t pro-active enough to do this in advance to have them mail it to me.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      I’m not exactly sure what you are referring to. I see that it says “if you opt for the London Pass with travel and you choose to collect it in the UK, you must purchase a separate London Underground fare to get from Heathrow into Central London.” That just means that you can’t use the Oyster Card until you have it in hand, so you’ll have to get from the airport to the pickup location on your own. In other words, pay yourself for the Underground from the airport into London the first time. Or you can take the Heathrow Express, which is MUCH faster and I think it’s worthwhile if you are getting off an overnight flight from the US.

      If you opt for the London Pass WITHOUT travel then you can buy your own Oyster Card at Heathrow at basically the same price. You’ll have to pay a £5 deposit instead of a £3 fee, and theoretically you can get that deposit back when you leave. You can get an Oyster Card from a vending machine with any credit card.

      Aside from that, you can prepay for the London Pass online and pick it up at their Redemption Desk, which is in central London. If I didn’t understand your question correctly please ask again. I’m happy to try to help. -Roger

  3. Alma says:

    Thanks for the info! One more question: do you know how much is on the 2-day London Pass Oyster? Is it the difference between travel and no-travel version of the London Pass?

    1. Roger Wade says:


      The 2-day London Pass includes £15 in credit, but it costs £18 more than the one without travel. They mention on the website that each Oyster Card includes a £3 processing fee. You could potentially save the £3 by buying your own Oyster Card when you get to London. The problem is you need to pay a £5 deposit when you buy a new card. You can get that £5 refund when you leave, but it requires standing in what is usually a long queue at Victoria Station or Paddington Station or Heathrow Airport Station, which are the main exit points. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  4. Alma says:

    I’ve been wondering about the “unlimited travel” available with the TravelPass. Does it include all zones of public transport? And if no, do you know which ones are included?

    1. Roger Wade says:


      “Unlimited travel” with the Oyster Card means that there is a cap on the amount you’ll be charged each day. The confusing part is that the cap is different, depending on how many zones you travel in, and whether or not you start at Peak Time, which is before 9:30am on weekdays. The Peak Time thing mostly applies to journeys in the distant zones (7 and up), so you can ignore that. If you travel all day in Zones 1 and 2 it will cap at £6.60 per day. If you also go into Zone 3 it’s £7.70 per day, and if you go into Zone 4 it’s £9.50 per day at the most.

      The Oyster Card that comes with the London Pass is charged with a certain amount, so if you travel in fewer zones, the card will have a higher balance after that day. Almost all included attractions are in Zones 1 and 2, although a few things such as Wimbledon are in Zone 4. So most people top out at £6.60 per day in Zones 1 and 2.

      You could go all the way to Zone 9 with your Oyster Card, but it’s a long way and the cap goes all the way up to £23 per day. But again, almost everything is in 1 and some things are in 2. Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

  5. kay says:

    When Buckingham Palace is open to the public in August is it included in the London Day pass? Do I need the pass in hand to make reservations? Is there a significant cost to have the pass sent to me? Thank you Kay

    1. Roger Wade says:


      Buckingham Palace has 3 attractions. There is the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews, and both of those are included in the London Pass all year. As you mentioned, in August they also have tours of the State Rooms, but those are not part of the London Pass. In fact, there are limited spots and advance reservations are important. I did the State Rooms myself last August and it was incredible.

      You can get the London Pass shipped to you for about US$10 if you are outside the UK. It comes with a small book and some other things, so it’s a small package rather than an envelope. If you have a smart phone you can now get the London Pass instantly for free with the London Pass app, which is free. Or you can pick it up for free once you get to London, but that can take some time if you aren’t staying near Leicester Square or Covent Garden. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  6. Joshua says:

    I am interested in the Oyster. We are comparing 2 hotels. One is blocks away from the Blackfriars Bridge, and the other is across the Thames from Battersa park. I am assuming the Oyster card would be beneficial if we were staying down by Battersa, but in your opinion, would it be at all useful if we were staying up in the thick of things by the Blackfriars? Thanks

    1. Roger Wade says:


      The hotel near Blackfriars is definitely closer to a few things such as St. Paul’s and the Tate Modern, but I’d still recommend taking the Tube to visit most of the other places you’ll want to go. The area right around Westminster Bridge is a bit more dense with key attractions, though still the Tube will save you a lot of precious time even if staying there. The walk along the South Bank between Blackfriars and the Tower Bridge is really nice to do once, and it’s actually really enjoyable all the way down to Westminster Bridge, but it’s not really a quick way to get from one part of London to another. And there is only a limited walkway along the north bank, so you have to walk on the normal city sidewalks and cross all those streets.

      Either way, you’ll want to take the Tube to reach Oxford Street and Hyde Park and Covent Garden and so many places that are not a close walk to the river. For the extra cost, the Oyster Card option is well worth it because it’s fast, easy to use, and the daily fare cap is low enough that it’ll save you money almost every day. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  7. mary lou bleeg says:

    I’ve noticed that St. Paul’s Catheral will be included on the London Pass as of April 2017. Does that mean one should wait until April to purchase the London Pass

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Mary Lou,

      No need to wait, all London Passes are the same, and the only factor is what are the included attractions when you use it rather than when you buy it. I was told a few months ago that St. Paul’s was coming back to the London Pass this coming April, but I haven’t seen it officially announced anywhere yet. So fingers crossed that my London Pass source was correct on that.

      So if you are arriving in London in April or after St. Paul’s is back in the program, any London Pass you buy now will be valid for entry. Have a great trip. -Roger

  8. Nancy says:

    London Pass was ABSOLUTELY the right thing for our 6 night trip to London. We used it for everything we wanted to see, and it was fabulous for getting past enormous lineups. The hop on cruise was also perfect for getting to Greenwich, London Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s theater as well as just being a neat boat trip. Best investment we made.

  9. Nelson says:

    Sorry Roger,
    I forgot to ask the all-important question. Would you even suggest taking the tube from LHR into the city? I’m reading info about having transportation pre-arranged before getting to London, but we really don’t mind taking public transport as long as it won’t be too much of a hassle with some luggage. I read one of your previous replies that discussed the topic of LHR being the last stop, so if we can get on quickly, we can load our luggage and sit nearby. Would you still recommend this for first-time travelers to your city?
    Thanks again, Nelson

  10. Nelson says:

    Hi Roger, I love your website and all the information that it provides. I will be visiting with my twin 15 yo kids in August. I was on the site and the Oyster Travelcard info is a little confusing with regards to the “cap.” Nevertheless, it also says that my kids “will receive a paper Travelcard covering zones 1 – 6 during off-peak times.” Does this mean that they will not be able to use it with us during peak travel times? Also, they will turn 16 during our trip. How strict are the age requirements? Will we be asked for passport proof of age at any point?
    Finally, we arrive on Sunday 8/7 and leave on Thursday 8/11. We plan on buying the 3d passes, so we likely won’t activate the passes until Monday, leaving us with 3 full days to use the passes. On this site, it mentions that the OysterCard actually contains more travel credit than the number of days in the pass. So will we be able to use it when we arrive at LHR and tube to our hotel (even though the pass won’t activate until Monday) and/or use it when we depart on Thursday to Eurostar to Paris (even though the 3d pass will be used on Mon-Wed)?
    Sorry for the long-winded questions, but I wanted to include as much info as possible to be clear. Thanks again, Nelson

    1. Roger Wade says:


      Thank you. I try to understand this information and help make it clear for readers, but even I get stumped on a few things. I’m based here in London at the moment, and I’m not sure about a couple of these. I’ll try to answer in the order you asked…

      With a 3-day London Pass you get a £25 Oyster Card for each adult. For each day that you use the Tube, the most it will deduct from that £25 is £6.50 if you only use it in Zones 1 and 2. You’ll generally hit that cap by the third ride of the day, so you can keep riding around all day until 04:30 the next morning and it still won’t deduct more than £6.50. Therefore, if you did exactly that for 3 days, your Oyster Card would still have a balance of £5.50 on it after the third day. You can even get a refund on that, although the queues are often long.

      Now, I’m also confused the the Ages 11 to 15 paper Travel Card. Before Oyster Cards debuted, the TravelCard was the unlimited rides card, so it sounds like it basically includes a 3-day unlimited rides Off-peak card in Zones 1 through 6. The difference is that it’s only good for 3 consecutive days from the first use, and there is no stored balance aside from that. Off-peak means you can’t use it until 09:30 Mondays through Fridays. The Tube is pretty crowded until around then (which is why it’s set up that way), and many attractions don’t open until 10am anyway, so I think the Off-peak thing works for most people. What I don’t know, however, is what would happen if you tried to use it before 09:30. My best guess is that it would beep and not open the gate, but I’m not sure. If this an issue for you let me know and I will ask someone at London Pass about it. I don’t see anything online that answers this. There are no “peak” afternoon hours, by the way, so it’s just the morning rush hour that they are trying to get tourists to avoid.

      As for age checks and such, I’ve never seen anything like that here. In fact, the gate security system seems to work so well that you really never see any checks for anyone once in the system. In other words, I wouldn’t worry about it, and I’d go with the Youth one. If they were 17 or older at the beginning of the trip, you might be a bit nervous, but with this you’ll be fine.

      Yes, you can use the Oyster Card balance before or after you activate the London Pass itself. Heathrow is in Zone 6, so it would deduct £5.10 from an Oyster Card at peak times (06:30 to 09:30 and 16:00 to 19:00 on weekdays), or £3.10 any other time. If this wasn’t confusing enough already, note that there IS an afternoon peak travel time for individual journeys, but for TravelCards or the daily cap on Oyster Cards, there is only a morning period to deal with.

      The Eurostar leaves from St. Pancras station in Zone 1, so most likely that would be a £2.40 fare deducted from an Oyster Card, even after your London Pass is done. And you can top-up Oyster Cards in machines at most Tube stations, even with a foreign credit card. I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions or if you really think you’ll want to be on the Tube before 9:30am and I’ll try to find out. -Roger

      1. Nelson says:

        What a great response. Thank you so much for the thorough answers.
        I think I have only one followup question. While it seems that the Oystercard that comes with the adult pass will remain valid indefinitely, it appears that the child pass with travel card has an expiry date- is that correct? We plan to use our 3-day passes on our full days in London (Mon-Wed). However, we arrive at LHR on Sunday (8/7) and would like to use our Oyster/Travel cards on that day to get to our hotel. If my kids use their Travel card on Sunday, does it mean that it won’t be available for use on Wed (8/10)? We are trying to decide on the correct start date to have stamped on the issued Travel card. I think our adult Oyster card will cover our transportation needs from Sun-Thurs perfectly at £25.
        Thanks again, Nelson