London City Pass – the pass we recommend for enjoying a stay in London
Ever been to London? If you haven’t you probably still can name quite a few big attractions. The iconic Big Ben, Parliament Buildings and Buckingham Palace probably come to mind. Those who have visited know London, home to 9 million people, as more than the trappings of the British government.
Try shopping on Oxford Street, Carnaby Street or the flea market in Camden Passage. Lounging in the summer on the grass in Hyde Park. Bouncing through the many excellent museums and art galleries. All amazing things to do in London, and many of them are free!
A weekend break may seem short. You’d need a month at least to sample all of the delicious international cuisine! But, we’re here to help you manage your time if your trip is short.
Here, we’ll take a look at the London City Pass to help you plan your trip to London.
- 1 About the Ticketbar London City Pass
- 2 How does the London City Pass work ?
- 3 London City Pass price and duration
- 4 London City Pass attractions: what’s included ?
- 5 Pass Transport Option
- 6 London City Pass Benefits
- 7 London City Pass Cons
- 8 For whom is the City Pass intended ?
- 9 What you save with the London City Pass ?
- 10 What does the 20% discount cover ?
- 11 What sets it apart from its competitors ?
- 12 Is the London City Pass worth it – our opinion
- 13 Tips to get the most of your London City Pass
- 14 Where to buy the London City Pass ?
- 15 How to use the London City Pass ?
- 16 Comparative table on Passes in London
- 17 FAQ – London City Pass
- 18 Conclusion
About the Ticketbar London City Pass
This Ticketbar London City Pass, available on the website Ticketbar offers a great opportunity to help you manage your trip to London. There are several similar but slightly different passes on offer here. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the London City Pass – London Eye access (available here).
This pass covers discounted access to a wide range of London attractions. Highlights include free access to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace (or Tower Bridge if Buckingham Palace is closed)
You will also get discounts of 20% off a huge range of other London attractions, museums and galleries. And one of the best value pieces on this pass? Free airport transfer, and access on one day to the Hop on Hop off Bus network.
How does the London City Pass work ?
An entirely online pass, the Ticketbar London City Pass is pretty straightforward to use. Simply visit the Ticketbar website and select the date, arrival airport and number of passes you want.
You will then receive a confirmation email with your tickets. In this email you’ll also get the discount code. You’ll need this to avail of the 20% discount on numerous attractions. Some of these can be booked online in advance, helping you to skip the line at the busiest London city pass attractions.
Note – there is a caveat on the airport transfers. If you are coming into London Luton or London Stansted airports, it’s a 2 way transfer to London Victoria. However, London and Gatwick and London Heathrow airports are only includes as a one way transfer with the pass.
London City Pass price and duration
One of the benefits of the London City Pass – London Eye – is that there is no time limit on the pass! You’ll have no pressure in seeing the sights. Take the capital city at your leisure!
Note, there is another London City Pass offered by Turbopass. Make sure you don’t confuse the two!
London City Pass attractions: what’s included ?
Here is the lowdown on what is included in the London City Pass
Airport transfers – One way from Heathrow to Paddington, One way from Gatwick to Victoria. Return from London Stansted or London Heathrow to Victoria Station.
London Eye Tickets – Get up above London and enjoy the views with free entry to the London Eye!
24 Hr access to Hop on Hop off Bus
Free access to Buckingham Palace Queen’s Gallery. If the Palace is closed due to an event, instead you will get access to the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Pass Transport Option
The Ticketbar London City Pass doesn’t include a travel card (to be fair, it is pretty easy to get an oyster card for the Transport For London network). If you are smart however, you can use the pass to help you get around.
You’ll have access to a 24 hour Hop on Hop off Bus pass. Use this pass to get around London for 24 hours. The 24 hour Hop on Hop Bus will stop at all the major sites. The information for use of the pass will be in your confirmation email.
And as previously mentioned, airport transfers are included too. This can often be one of the biggest expenses of your trip! Save even more money by landing at Stansted Airport or Luton Airport. For these 2 airports you get return transfers to London Victoria.
London City Pass Benefits
There a lots of benefits to this handy London City Pass. Here’s some of them below:
- No time limit
No pressure to explore, no rushing about. Take this wonderful city at your own pace
- London Eye Access
This popular attractions usually sets you back over €30 per adult
- Access to the Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace
Rotating exhibition of the Royal Collection. Usually just over €13 per adult
- 24 hour Hop on Hop Off Bus Pass
Use it to get around the most popular sites
- Discount code for major London attractions
Get 20% off the pay at gate price on some of London’s most popular attractions.
- One pass, one ticket
- Return airport transfers for London Stansted and London Luton, or one way from Heathrow and Gatwick.
- Online ticketing – you don’t have to go anywhere to pick it up when you get there!
London City Pass Cons
Access to the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is often closed. This is due to special events. In these instances, you will get a replacement ticket to the Tower Bridge Exhibition. So, if you buy your pass specifically for this reason, make sure to check ahead if it will be open
- No travel card included
- Children’s prices stop at age 14
- Only a couple of entirely free attractions. The rest, you still have to pay 80% of the gate entry fee.
- You’ll still have to go online and book into each attraction to avail of the 20% off offer. That’s some extra admin that doesn’t really fit with the “one pass one ticket” advertising
- Not worth it if arriving at London Southend, London City or Eurostar terminal
For whom is the City Pass intended ?
The London City Pass is good for those on a short break. If you have the time only to hit off a few attractions, then this is the one for you.
Say you’re only there from Friday to Sunday. A trip to the London Eye, Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace and a Hop on Hop off Bus tour are probably just about manageable. Then, you might have time for one or two of the other attractions, at which you will get 20% discount.
The pass is not intended for those arriving at other airports or by train from the rest of the UK, as one of the big selling points is the free airport transfers.
If you are looking to hit off some of the more expensive London attractions, such as Madame Tussauds, the Shard and The London Dungeons for example, you might need to consider another city pass. Check out our guide to the London Explorer Pass to see if this is better for you.
What you save with the London City Pass ?
Let’s look here at what you can save with the Ticketbar London City Pass
- Transfers from your airport of choice. From Luton to Victoria return can cost up to €50
- Hop on Hop off Bus savings. Usually, a 24hr ticket costs between €35 and €40
- Access to the Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Save €13
- London Eye standard entry – Usually €30
- 20% off many other wonderful attractions in London, such as Madame Tussauds and the Shard
What does the 20% discount cover ?
Here’s an example of the savings you can make on additional attraction with the London City Pass 20% offer
View from the shard – usually £38, get access for just £30.4
Madame Tussauds – usually £32, get access for just £25
London Dungeon – online prices usually £27, pay at the door £30, get access for £24
Tower Bridge Exhibition (if you use your pass for free access to Queens Gallery) £12, get access for £9.60
What sets it apart from its competitors ?
This little gem of a pass is handy for those who are jetting in and out of London in a short time. This is because it hits off 3 big attractions that you can easily cover in a weekend break.
There is no time limit to the use of the pass, unlike many competitor passes, so you can use it at your leisure. For longer stays, this means, in theory that you can come into London, use the pass, travel through England, then use the pass again!
|Price||Starts at €75.14 per adult|
|Travel card||No Free Airport Transfers|
|Free Attractions||London Eye Queen’s Gallery 24 Hour Hop on Hop Off Bus|
|Extras||20% off a wide range of additional London attractions|
|Booking||Book your London City Pass here|
Is the London City Pass worth it – our opinion
For us, the London City Pass by Ticketbar appears worth it if you are wanting to tick off some key sights in a short weekend break.
If you are in London only for the weekend, it will cover exactly enough to get you a decent taste for the city.
However, those on a short trip may not get to avail of the 20% discounts off lots of other attractions.
It’s also not worth it if you are coming in to a different airport – London Southend or City for example, or arriving by Eurostar.
Tips to get the most of your London City Pass
Try to fly in to London Luton or London Stansted – these 2 airports are covered with return airport transfers. This saves you a big chunk of money on travel.
Check if the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is open on the days of your trip – it is often closed for special events
Use the 24 hour Hop on Hop off Bus to cover your travel for a couple of days
Where to buy the London City Pass ?
Get your Ticketbar London City pass online at the Ticketbar Website.
Simply select your arrival airport, number of people and start date online.
You will be emailed your confirmation. This will include details on the Hop on Hop off Bus, as well as the airport transfers.
Print out your ticket, or make sure you are able to show your confirmation email on your phone.
Your confirmation email will also include details of your 20% discount code.
How to use the London City Pass ?
Simply present your ticket at the London Eye, Hop on Hop off Bus and Buckingham Palace Queens Gallery. Keep it handy at the other 20% off attractions, however for these you will have a separate online ebooking anyway.
Comparative table on Passes in London
|Pass||London Explorer Pass||London Pass||English Heritage Overseas Pass||London City Pass by Ticketbar||iVenture Travel Pass||Merlin Pass London||London Turbopass||National Art Pass|
|Validity||30 days from activation||1 – 10 consecutive days||9 or 16 consecutive days||Unlimited||30 days||90 days||1 – 7 consecutive days||1 year|
|Types||3,5 or 7 day pass||1,2,3,6 or 10 days||9 or 16 days||
|3,5,7 or 10 specific attractions||5 attractions or less||1 – 7 days pass||Adult, Child and Family|
|Prices||Cheapest 3 attraction pass starts at £64 (adult)||Cheapest 1 day starts at £79 (adult)||Cheapest 9 day adult pass starts at £37||Adult pass starts at £66.40||Adult pass starts at £69||Adult pass starts at £70||1 day pass from £76.90||Adult Pass £73|
|Travel card||No||Can add on Oyster||No||No||Yes, as one of the selectable attractions||No||Can add on Oyster||No|
|Attractions||20||80||100||100+||30||5||50||240 UK wide|
|Extras||App, Map||App, Map, Restaurant discounts||Guidebook, Discounted events||20% off wide range of attractions||Guidebook, meals||App, Map||Discounts for tours and shopping||Monthly art bulletin Quarterly arts fund magazine|
|Book your pass||London Explorer Pass||London Pass||English Heritage Pass||London City Pass||iVenture Card||Merlin Pass||London Turbopass||National Art Pass|
FAQ – London City Pass
Does the London City Pass include Stonehenge?
Stonehenge is included with a 20% discount with your London City Pass.
Does London City Pass include London Eye?
Yes! You can visit the attraction for free.
Is London City Pass worth it?
In our opinion, yes. It’s the Pass we recommend when it comes to a first visit to London. It’s less expensive than the London Pass and is perfectly adapted for a short trip.
How does it work with the 20% discount?
When purchasing you London City Pass, you will get your own discount code. You can use it online on Ticketbar website when choosing your attractions. In the shopping cart, you will be able to enter your code and get 20% off the activities.
Can I use the discounts at the entrance of museums and attractions?
You’ll need to book your tickets online and use your discount code at this time. Be careful, your 20% off won’t be accept if you present it at the entrance.
Where to pick up London City Pass?
You don’t need to pick up you pass. After purchasing the London City Pass, you’ll get your tickets by email. Then, you just need to save them on your mobile. Your pass will be scanned from your mobile phone, so you won’t need to print all your tickets.
This fun little pass can be enough to get you a taste of London. For your first trip, it will cover some of the main things to see and do. The hop on hop off bus and London Eye will both give you a taste for the layout of the city. The Queen’s Gallery will get you your Royal Fix. Let us know if you go for this pass and if you had time to use any of the 20% off discount codes to other attractions.