Jun 19

Visiting London With The London Pass

If you want to make most of your trip to London, you may consider buying the London Pass that will make your sightseeing easier and cheaper.

When you purchase the London Pass, you will receive the 160-page guidebook with maps and lots of important information on all of the biggest tourist attractions in London. It is in a pocket size format, but it will not sit in your pocket… You will be consulting it very often during the day.

The London pass is being sold in these basic variations – 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, and 6-day, each saving you time and money. You save time because as a London pass holder you’re entitled to Fast Track Entry and you can skip the ticket lines.

You will save well over �500 on entrance fees. For example, you will be going for free to over 50 attractions, including such gems as: Windsor Castle (regular price �14), Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Queen’s Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition or St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The best way to use the London pass is to combine it with the London Travelcard. Get the London Pass with the Travelcard and get unlimited transportation within the whole Greater London (Zones 1-6) – both on the underground (the Tube), the bus and the train system. Moving between London’s attractions will be much easier and faster if you use excellent London public transport services. You will also be able to get on the train and go to Windsor Castle. And by buying the 6-day London pass version with transport, you will get the 7th day of travel free – even more savings!

There are some Travelcard restrictions, though. E.g., the transport version of the London Pass is for off-peak only, meaning that the Travelcards you will get if buying the 1-day, 2-day and 3-day passes can be used only after 9:30 AM Monday-Friday on the days of validity and for any journey that starts before 4:30 AM on the following day. There are no restrictions on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Multiday Travelcards are valid for use on consecutive calendar days. The 7-day Travelcard incurs no restrictions. The only airport accessible with the Travelcard is Heathrow, but the card cannot be used on the Heathrow Express.

The London Pass offers not only free entry to the London’s favorite attractions, but also includes other special offers, such as discounts at restaurants and theatres, free special guides and exhibitions, free bowling, ice-skating, sightseeing river cruise, etc.

And this special exclusive free gift will make your trip to London even more memorable – you will get a cute Beefeater Teddy Bear when you show your London Pass at any Crest of London souvenir shops.

When you get your London Pass, check if you got what you ordered. Each pass is programmed to be activated from the first time it is used and can be used only during daytime for the day or consecutive days shown on the card. You must sign and date your London Pass in order to validate it.

And here is how to use it. At any of the attractions, go to the admission point bearing the London Pass sign. The attendant will record your pass and you will be able to enter – without paying a fee or waiting in the queue! Some attractions (e.g., the Queen’s Gallery, The Royal Mews, etc.) require timed tickets that you will have to obtain, but you will get them for free from the ticket desk (see the guidebook for full info).

With plenty of world-class attractions available in London you will want to see as many of them as possible. That is why using the London Pass, especially its version with unlimited transport, makes perfect sense. With so many discounts and other benefits, you will be happy to have it. And practically after you visit just two attractions, you will be starting to save at each at every one.


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