London's Best Attraction Passes

London City Pass
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Want to visit London and see several top attractions, take a sightseeing tour, join guided city walks and also go boating on the Thames?

Then a London City Pass is just the thing for you!

On this page we present you the most important London Passes with which you can visit many sights for free. If you buy a London City Pass through our partner links, we receive a commission from the provider.

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The Best London City Passes

There are several good London Passes that can be of interest to visitors:

We focus on the first two City Passes as they are by far the most attractive for most visitors to London. The London Pass and the London Explorer Pass contain similar attractions but work quite differently.

Here is a first overview:

The London Pass

The London Pass

You can visit as many sights as you can manage in the time available.

The following services are included in the London Pass:

  • About 80 attractions free of charge
  • incl. The Shard, Tower of London, Windsor Castle
  • incl. hop-on/hop-off bus, boat trip, city tours

The London Pass is a digital product. You can simply download it to your phone or print it out. Once you use the London Pass for the first time, it will be activated.

Once activated, the London Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 consecutive calendar days. The longer the pass is valid, the better the value for money.

Exclusive offer: 5% Discount with discount code LONDONCP05LP

Read here our detailed analysis on the London Pass.


London Explorer Pass

London Explorer Pass - Go City

The London Explorer Pass is another product from Go City. This pass is suitable for travellers who want to visit fewer sights.

With the Explorer Pass you can visit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions. The choice is almost as wide as the London Pass.

  • About 70 attractions to choose from
  • incl. The Shard, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey
  • incl. hop-on/hop-off bus + boat trip on the Thames

The London Explorer Pass is a digital product. Simply download the pass to your phone or print it out. It will be activated as soon as you use the Explorer Pass for the first time.

Use the free Go City app to get information on all participating attractions.

After activation, the Explorer Pass is valid for 60 days.

Exclusive offer: 5% Discount with discount code LONDONCP05

Read here our detailed analysis on the London Explorer Pass.


Big City Saver Pass

Big City Saver London

The Big City Saver Pass is also known as the Merlin Pass. It is several combined tickets. The product can contain 2, 3, 4 or 5 attractions:

Overview of the Big City Saver Pass:

  • Visit 2 - 5 attractions
  • incl. Madame Tussauds, London Eye, Tower of London
  • incl. London Dungeon + SEA LIFE + Shrek's Adventures
  • Validity: 90 days
  • Digital tickets: Available immediately

Get digital tickets for all attractions. Book your dates for each visit online.

After activation, the Big City Saver Pass is valid for 90 days.

Read here our detailed analysis on the London City Saver Pass.


London Turbopass

London Turbopass

The London Turbopass is similar in function to the London Pass, but contains fewer attractions.

Overview of the London Turbopass:

  • Around 15 attractions to choose from
  • incl. Madame Tussauds, Tower of London, Kensington Palace
  • incl. hop-on/hop-off, river cruise and guided tours
  • Optional: London Eye

The London Turbopass is a digital product. You can simply download the tickets to your phone or print them out.

After activation, the London Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 consecutive calendar days. The price-performance ratio is best with a validity of three or four days.

Read here our detailed analysis on the London Turbopass.


London City Pass: What's included?

With the two best London Passes, you can visit many of London's top attractions. Just show your digital pass at the ticket office and you'll get a free ticket.

There is also the London Turbopass and the Big City Saver Pass. These two passes only include a limited number of attractions.

St Paul's Cathedral in London
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In the table below you will find many of London's top attractions that you can visit for free with at least one of the London Passes featured here.

AttractionLondon PassExplorer PassTurbopassBig City Saver
The ShardFree of chargeFree of charge
Tower of LondonFree of chargeFree of chargeFree of chargeFree of charge
Tower Bridge ExhibitionFree of chargeFree of charge
St Paul's CathedralFree of chargeFree of charge
Westminster AbbeyFree of chargeFree of charge
London EyeOptionalFree of charge
Kensington PalaceFree of chargeFree of chargeFree of charge
Hampton Court PalaceFree of chargeFree of chargeFree of charge
Madame TussaudsFree of chargeFree of charge
London DungeonFree of chargeFree of charge
Windsor CastleFree of charge
Stadium TourFree of chargeFree of charge
HMS Belfast
Hop-on/hop-off busFree of chargeFree of chargeFree of charge
Thames Boat Trip Free of chargeFree of chargeFree of charge
Guided city walksFree of chargeFree of chargeFree of charge

The table contains many of the most important sights and tourist services. In addition, you can visit other sights for free. In particular, the London Pass and the London Explorer Pass contain many more offers.

Here you will find all the attractions included in the London City Passes:

The Big City Saver Pass is flexible. You can visit up to five attractions, but also fewer. Then the pass is cheaper.


London City Pass & Public Transport

London is a huge city and most of the sights are spread over many parts of the city. The best way to get around London is by public transport.

The London Underground in particular is a very efficient means of transport.

London Underground
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Unfortunately, no London Pass includes public transport. However, you can buy a Visitor Oyster Card on the internet. You will receive this by post before your trip.

The Visitor Oyster Card applies to the following means of transport:

  • London Underground
  • Public buses
  • Local trains
  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
  • River Boats (River Taxis)

Basically, each journey is paid for individually. However, the Visitor Oyster Card is loaded with credit that should be enough for your trip to London if you travel in the city centre (zones 1 + 2).

The amount of credit is at your own discretion (£10 - £50). A portion of the credit is deducted on each trip. However, there is a daily limit which is usually reached after the third journey. Further journeys on the same day will not be charged. When the credit is used up, you can top it up yourself at a ticket machine.

Delivery by post: The Visitor Oyster Card is not an electronic product. You will receive the card by post before you travel. You should place the order at least two weeks before the trip.


How the London Passes work

In this section you will learn how London Passes work from purchase to use.

1. The London Pass

The London Pass is a digital product. After purchase, you will receive the London Pass by email. You can either import it into the free London Pass app or print it out. Once in London, show the digital pass at participating attractions to get your free ticket.

Once activated, the London Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 consecutive calendar days. We recommend you start your sightseeing tour in the morning to make the most of each day. Visit as many sights as you can in the limited time. Please note that pre-booking is required for some offers.

Tip: Read our detailed analysis on the London Pass.


2. London Explorer Pass

The London Explorer Pass is also a purely digital product. You will receive the Explorer Pass by email after purchase. You can either import it into the free Go City app or print it out.

Once in London, show your digital pass at participating attractions to get your free ticket. Visit between two and seven attractions with your Explorer Pass. Please note that some attractions require prior booking.

The pass is valid for 60 days from the first use.

Tip: Read our detailed analysis on the London Explorer Pass.


3. Big City Saver Pass

The Big City Saver Pass is a special product. It is actually several combined tickets. The product can contain 2, 3 or 5 attractions:

  • London Eye
  • London Dungeon
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Tower of London
  • SEA LIFE
  • Shrek's Adventures
  • City tour with Big Bus

When you buy the pass, you choose the date to visit the first attraction. From this date you have 90 days to visit the other attractions. You can book the dates yourself online.

Tip: Read our detailed analysis on the London Saver Pass.


4. London Turbopass

London Turbopass includes some interesting benefits. Some of the best attractions include:

  • Kensington Palace
  • Madame Tussauds
  • London Eye (optional)
  • London Dungeon
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Queen's Gallery

You will receive a digital ticket for each attraction after purchase. Print your tickets or save them on your phone. Show your ticket at participating attractions in London. Please note that you must book your tickets online in advance.

Once you use the Turbopass for the first time, it is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 consecutive calendar days. The Turbopass is cheapest for three or four days.

Tip: Read our detailed analysis on the London Turbopass.


London City Pass: Prices

Prices vary according to the period of validity or the number of attractions you can visit with a London City Pass. Please note that you get different benefits. This means that a City Pass is not better just because it is cheaper.

All prices apply to persons aged 16 and over. There are reduced prices for children.

Tip: The London Pass and the London Explorer Pass are rarely sold at full price. Most of the time, the prices are reduced. Sometimes discount vouchers are also displayed in the webshop.

London Pass

  • 89 (1 day)
  • 124 (2 days)
  • 147 (3 days)
  • 149 (4 days)
  • 164 (5 days)
  • 169 (6 days)
  • 179 (7 days)
  • 199 (10 days)

Explorer Pass

  • 54 (2 attractions)
  • 74 (3 attractions)
  • 94 (4 attractions)
  • 109 (5 attractions)
  • 129 (6 attractions)
  • 139 (7 attractions)

London Turbopass

  • 129.90 € (1 day)
  • 159.90 € (2 days)
  • 179.90 € (3 days)
  • 199.90 € (4 days)
  • 229.90 € (5 days)
  • 249.90 € (6 days)
  • 279.90 € (7 days)

The price of the Big City Saver Pass depends on the number of attractions visited:

  • 2 attractions: from £50.00 = £25.00 per attraction
  • 3 attractions: from £70.00 = £23.33 per attraction
  • 5 attractions: from £100.00 = £20.00 per attraction

Which City Pass is the best?

Basically, we recommend the London Pass and the London Explorer Pass. These two products are of interest to most visitors to London and are frequently purchased.

But which City Pass is worthwhile for whom and are the other London Passes also worth considering? These questions are answered in this section. Choose which of the following statements applies to you.

I would like to visit many sights

If you want to do a lot of sightseeing, we recommend the London Pass. The more attractions you visit, the cheaper the pass becomes. The London Turbopass may also be suitable if you want to visit many attractions.

I would like to visit only a few sights

I want to decide spontaneously which sights I want to visit.

I would like to use public transport

I'm only in London for two days

I am in London for four days or more

I would like to buy a London City Pass spontaneously

I am in London with children


Questions & Answers

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