Savvy England travelers know that the best way to save money on transportation and tourist attractions is to buy tickets before leaving home. The London Pass, available through Visit London, London’s official city guide, offers visitors discounts on the tube, trains and London busses as well as Thames river cruises and some of England’s top tourist attractions.
The London Pass and Travelcard
For one price, the London Pass offers free entry to over 55 of the best tourist attractions in London. Visit London figures a savings of £64 (about $102) on the entry fees of nine popular attractions with a 3-day pass. The pass also comes with a detailed, full color guidebook for trip planning that is full of itinerary ideas, maps, what’s on in London, and complete contact information.
Optional and for an addition price, travelers can have the London Travelcard, which allows unlimited travel for the duration of the pass on the tube or London underground, any London bus, the Docklands Light Railway and trains within the six travel zones around London. Travel is restricted to non-peak times from 9:30 a.m. to the last tube at 1:00 a.m. and the last bus at 4:00 a.m.
Prices start at £39 (about $62) for a one-day adult pass or £46 (about $73) for a one-day adult pass with travel. The best deal is the 3-day London Pass and Travelcard for £78 (about $124). With the minimum tube fare at £4 (about $6.35), that’s a lot of travel savings.
Tower of London, Kew Gardens and other Tourist Attractions
With the London Pass, visitors can just breeze past lines where a Fast Track entry is available, and no additional fees are required. Considering an individual ticket for the Tower of London is £17 (about $27), and for Kew Gardens £13 (about $20), this means real savings.
The guidebook that comes with the London Pass lists all of the attractions available for view. Such popular places as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace and The Orangery, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, the Tate galleries and dozens more are on the list. In addition, pass holders can enjoy a trip aboard one of the city’s river cruises.
Get Special Offers with the London Pass
As if this isn’t enough, the London Pass comes with an additional book of special offers that includes discounts on restaurants, tours, river cruises and walks, theater tickets, and shopping in places like Harrods John Lewis and Foyles Bookshop with its seven miles of books.
For more information about the London Pass or to order online, see Visit London, or call 0870 242 9988 from within the UK. Call +44 (0) 1664 485 020 from anywhere elsewhere in the world. For further reading see more England travel ideas, where to stay in England, and Ride the London Eye.