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Jan 14th, 2013, 01:29 PM
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The London Pass

Has anyone used this card? Is it worth it??

http://www.londonpass.com/
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Jan 14th, 2013, 01:53 PM
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The general opinion of Fodorites with knowledge of London is that the pass, for the average traveler, is not worth the high price because it includes many things the average traveler in town for a short period would ever do or go to.

Many London museums are still free and schemes like the 2 for 1 offer, which allows two tickets for the price of one at nearly every paying admission place you'll go is a much better deal.

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london

Now that is not to say that a few tourists may benefit from the pass but be very sure you will be using enough of the things covered to warrant a pass and again many places participate in the 2 for 1 scheme.
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Jan 14th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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It's crap.

Consider the following attractions:

Tate Britain
Tate Modern
Imperial War Museum
National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
V&A Museum
British Museum
British Library
National Maritime Museum

The COMBINED cost of admission for those attractions, which could take three or four days, is NOTHING.

So why get a time-limited pass that gains admission only to secondary attractions or gets you admission to first level attractions for more than it would cost to go a la carte? The six-zone travelcard included with the London Pass is useless - nearly every attraction you'd want to attend in London is within Zones 1 and 2.

Plus, if you're travelling with at least one other person, you can use the days out guide 2for1 offers PalQ linked above and thus save one admission price for every two people in your group for: (1) the Tower, (2) Hampton Court Palace, (3) Cabinet War Rooms, (4) too many others to list.
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Jan 14th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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yep, what they said.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 05:51 AM
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Thanks! Appreciate it !
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Jan 15th, 2013, 06:09 AM
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I disagree, I used the pass last February and certainly got my monies worth out of it. I was however, touring on my own because my husband was working, so I didn't have any long lunches or take as long visiting some places as when touring with another person. I just wandered around on my own when I reached a place covered by my pass I could slip in for a quick visit, if I found it interesting I stayed, if not I did a quick walk through and was on my way. I found the London Pass a great convenience along with my Tube pass. So it's a matter of to each his own.

It's a matter of preference, some find it convenient and some
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Jan 15th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Sorry I forgot to clarify, I did not use the London Pass travel card option for travel as that is a very expensive option for the tube/buses. I used an Oyster pass available at any tube/train station.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 04:24 PM
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Oyster makes sense.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 04:47 AM
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Hi, realise that this is an old post but...

Checked the 2for1 site above and it says you need to travel to London using NationalRail to qualify for offer. As we're staying in central London, that won't apply for us, I think.

In the light of that and given that many attractions are 15-20GBP, if the LondonPass is not recommended, are there any other options out there to save money? Travelling one adult with 14 year old.

Also, I see that a 7day travelcard is around 30GBP. That sounds like a reasonable thing to buy if we're in London a week or are there better options? I imagine that we will take several bus or tube journeys a day.

thanks!
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 06:50 AM
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1. For public transport in London for a week, a 7-day travelcard for zones 1 and 2 should be enough.

2. As it happens, these are sold by the National Rail companies as well as Transport for London, and one bought from a National Rail station (such as Victoria, Paddington, Kings Cross, Waterloo, as well as lots of suburban stations on the national rail system) should currently be valid for the 2for1 offers.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 08:34 AM
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>>As we're staying in central London, that won't apply for us, I think. <<

Patrick has explained it. Travelcards bought in London train stations (NOT in tube stations) qualify you for the 2for1 deals. These paper travel cards work for the tube and buses just like Oysters.

So you get the best of both worlds - your London transport covered and all the 2for1's.

Be sure to pre-print the vouchers for any 2for1 offers you might want to use. No problem/cost if you don't use them but you do need them at the various attraction.

The 14 yo could get discounted entry to many sites -- but you'll be money head if you treat him/her as an adult w/ a travelcard and the 2for1's.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 03:25 AM
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Thank you so much for this information.

I can see that we can't use a travel card from Heathrow but is there any advantage in buying the zone 1/2 travel card on arrival at Heathrow? Is Heathrow a National Rail station? - I can't see it on the map. Alternatively, I see that Euston station is on the Rail network and we're staying not far from there so I can buy them there.

I can see that London is going to be expensive for us so any savings we can make would be great. I'll make sure to print as many vouchers as I think we'll need. Thanks for your help.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 08:31 AM
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>>Is there any advantage in buying the zone 1/2 travel card on arrival at Heathrow? Is Heathrow a National Rail station? - I can't see it on the map.<<

Heathrow doesn't sell National Rail travelcards. You could get one on the London Transport Oystercard, but then you wouldn't be able to take advantage of the 2for1 offers. Up to you whether savings on the 2for1s outweigh the cost of paying normal fares - in your situation, the best bet is probably to get Oystercards at Heathrow and put enough on it to cover the fares into London and back to Heathrow at the end of your stay - currently
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 08:44 AM
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..currently, that's £5.00 adult single Heathrow-Euston before 0930 (£3.00 after 0930), or if your travelcard is still valid when you go back to Heathrow, the add-on for an adult would be £2.70/1.50.
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Jul 4th, 2013, 03:55 PM
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Thank you!!

There is so much to see and do that our week will fly by!
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