This is the London Explorer Pass
The London Explorer Pass is a sightseeing pass from the company Go City. You can choose from more than 60 attractions and tourist services. These include most of London's major sights, but also city tours by bus, a guided bike tour and a boat trip on the Thames.
A small selection of the top attractions:
- The View from the Shard
- Tower of London
- St Paul's Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- Kensington Palace
- Hop-on/hop-off bus
- Wembley Stadium (and other stadiums)
Flexible number of attractions: Decide how many attractions you want to visit when you buy. With the Explorer Pass you can visit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 of approx. 60 attractions. The more attractions you visit, the better the value for money.
Long validity: Time is not a limiting factor. You can use the Explorer Pass for up to 60 days from your first visit.
Convenient use on the phone: After purchase, you will receive the London Explorer Pass by email. You can either print it out or save it on your mobile phone. To do this, use the free Go City app. In the app you will find information about all participating attractions. Once you want to use the Explorer Pass, simply show your phone at the attractions.
Price for persons aged 16 and over:
- 54 (2 attractions) = £27 per attraction
- 69 (3 attractions)
- 84 (4 attractions)
- 104 (5 attractions)
- 124 (6 attractions)
- 139 (7 attractions) = £19.86 per attraction
The more attractions you want to visit, the cheaper London Explorer Pass is per attraction.
Easter offer: 10% discount with the discount code SPRING23
These are the regular prices for London Explorer Pass. However, Go City offers special prices from time to time. Therefore, you may be able to buy the Explorer Pass at a lower price.
London Explorer Pass: Attractions
The London Explorer Pass covers more than 60 London attractions. You can choose between two and seven attractions from this long list.
In the table below you will find some popular offers that you can take advantage of with the London Explorer Pass without having to buy additional tickets:
|Attraction||Price without London Explorer Pass|
|The View from the Shard||£32.00|
|Tower of London incl. guided tour||£29.90|
|St Paul's Cathedral||£20.50|
|1 day hop-on/hop-off bus*||£32.00|
|24 hrs hop-on/hop-off boat||£24.00|
|Guided bike tour||£34.95|
*You can choose between Big Bus and Golden Bus Tours.
Especially the more expensive attractions are worthwhile with the London Explorer Pass. The prices in the table refer to the high season. Some attractions are slightly cheaper in winter.
In addition, the Explorer Pass offers many other sights and tourist attractions. The following services should also be interesting for many visitors:
- Royal Albert Hall incl. guide
- Hampton Court Palace
- Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
- London Tower Bridge Exhibition
- Royal Observatory Greenwich
- London Zoo
- Wellington Arch
- Guided Cycling Tour of London
You can find a complete list of all sights on GoCity.com. You can also download the Go City app to get an overview of all services and attractions.
But watch out: Not all attractions are worth visiting with the London Explorer Pass. For example, visiting Wellington Arch costs £6.00. This is far too cheap, as Explorer Pass costs between £19.86 and £27 per attraction - so only choose the expensive attractions!
These attractions are missing
The London Explorer Pass is a comprehensive sightseeing pass but does not include some attractions that may be of interest to visitors. The following attractions cannot be visited with the Explorer Pass:
- Madame Tussauds
- London Dungeon
- London Eye
- Windsor Castle
- Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace
Also, London Explorer Pass does not give you priority entry.
Reservations with the Explorer Pass
Please note that you are required to book in advance for some services. This applies in particular to all guided tours and The Shard.
The Shard: There is limited availability for viewing platform The View from the Shard. Once you have purchased London Explorer Pass, you should reserve your appointment for The Shard. The reservation is made online via a special link with a voucher code.
Guided tours: For all guided city tours, the bike tour and some other attractions you also need to book in advance. Reservations can be made online, by email or by phone. We recommend that you book a few days in advance.
You can find out how to reserve your participation on the Reservation page of GoCity.com.
What we like about the Explorer Pass
There are many arguments in favour of the London Explorer Pass. That's why we like this pass:
- The London Explorer Pass gives you free entry to many London attractions. This includes most of the city's top sights.
- The Explorer Pass gives you free travel on the hop-on/hop-off bus and boat on the Thames. You can also take part in guided city walks and a guided bike tour.
- The number of attractions you can visit is flexible. Decide for yourself whether you want to visit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions with the Explorer Pass. Therefore, this pass is also suitable for visitors who do not want to visit so much.
- The Explorer Pass is valid for 60 days from first use.
- Conveniently download the digital Explorer Pass to your mobile phone and scan the QR code at participating attractions. The Go City app also contains useful information on all sights and tourist services.
- Value for money is good: if you visit mainly expensive attractions, you save money. The more expensive services you use, the more money you save.
- Overall, the Explorer Pass is a very practical product. With a single booking, everything is paid for. You hardly need any other tickets. Simply load the pass onto your mobile phone and off you go.
What we don't like about the Explorer Pass
Although the London Explorer Pass is a very good product, there are also some disadvantages that we would like to point out. We do not like the following aspects:
- London Explorer Pass does not offer priority access to the attractions. You will need to queue at the box office to collect your free ticket.
- The number of tickets for The Shard is limited. Timely reservation is required to visit the observation deck.
- Public transport cannot be used with the Explorer Pass.
- For some services you have to make a reservation yourself.
- Some attractions are not included in Explorer Pass: Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and Windsor Castle.
- The Explorer Pass is not worth using for many of the attractions included. It is recommended that the pass is only used for attractions worth £20 or more.
Our evaluation: Is the Explorer Pass worth it?
We think the London Explorer Pass is suitable for visitors who don't want to do much sightseeing and mainly visit expensive attractions. For cheap attractions, the Explorer Pass is not worth it. If you want to do a lot of sightseeing, better buy the London Pass.
With a validity of 60 days, time is not an issue. Another advantage is that you don't have to pick up the London Explorer Pass, you can use it on your phone.
One disadvantage is that you have to take care of some reservations yourself. In addition, you do not enjoy preferential admission and have to expect waiting times in high season.
London Explorer Pass
The Explorer Pass is worthwhile for travellers who do little sightseeing and mainly want to visit expensive attractions.
London Explorer Pass FAQ
Finally, we answer the most frequently asked questions about the London Explorer Pass.
Where can I buy the Explorer Pass?
You can buy the London Explorer Pass on the official website: GoCity.com. The pass is also available from ticket providers such as GetYourGuide or Tiqets.
How does the London Explorer Pass work?
Buy the London Explorer Pass online and download it directly to your phone. As soon as you visit the first attraction, your pass will be activated. The pass is then valid for 60 days.
Decide how many attractions you would like to visit (2 - 7) when you buy.
Does the Explorer Pass grant priority admission?
No, unfortunately the London Explorer Pass does not entitle you to priority entry. You must collect your free ticket from the ticket office of the relevant attraction.
Can I use public transport?
No, the Explorer Pass is not valid for public transport. If you want to use the London Underground and other public transport, we recommend the London Pass.
Can I cancel the purchase free of charge?
Yes, you can cancel your booking free of charge within 90 days of purchase without giving any reason. To do so, contact Go City customer service. Your Explorer Pass must not have been activated at this time.
How do I reach the customer service?
The best way to reach Go City's customer service is via the Contact form. There you will find all the telephone numbers.