Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are heading to London in January for 5 days on our way back from India. I’ve been before but Darling Husband has never been so we’ll be packing a lot into a few days!
I have a couple of questions
First – Is the London Pass worth it
(if you’re not sure what I mean – http://www.londonpass.com/ – just wondering if this seems like good value)
Second – we can include transit within zones 1-6. I’m not sure what that means.
Most of the items on the London Pass are things that were were planning/hoping to do.
Post # 2
Transit Zones– the London public transport system is split up into zones. The fare you pay for the tube/underground will be different based on what zone your origin and destination are in. Day passes and multi-day passes cover all of your public transport fares so long as you stay within zones 1-6. You will need to get a Transit for London map and plot your itineraries against the zone map to see firstly if you will be traveling outside of those zones (for which you would pay a cash fare) and secondly if you will do enough journeys to make it cheaper than buying fares as you go.
As for if the London Pass is worth it, the VIP/fast lane benefit is of limited value in January when the lines are already short, so I would not factor that in. I would count up the number of things you plan to see/do, look at their usual admissions, and see which way is cheaper. Maybe even cut your projected admission prices by 25% because you might not see everything you want to see.
Post # 3
I can’t see how much it is so I’m not sure value-wise if it’s worth it. It sounds like it would be though as the tube can get expensive. That said, you’re almost certainly not going to need zone 6 (zone 1 is the central tourist stuff) for your tube travel. I lived in London for 3 years and still visit FI’s parents there regularly and I’ve never been outside zone 4.
Post # 4
Sproggy93: Okay thanks – this was my big question (which I didn’t actually ask I just realized). How far does zone 6 get us.
Horseradish: good point about skipping the lines – I don’t expect we’ll have to many of those
Post # 5
For 6 days – one more than we will be there, including the tube is 166 pounds per adult, 108 without.
I’m not sure how much we’ll need the tube though – how much is it per ride?
Post # 6
MsGinkgo: Re the zones, check out http://www.tfl.gov.uk the Transport for London website. This has lots of info on fares, day passes, etc, as well as tube maps. London is basically split into 6 zones, with zone 1 covering the centre of London and most of the major tourist attractions/sites, and so being the most expensive to travel in, and zone 6 covering the outskirts on London (inc my hometown). The type of pass you will need will probably depend on where you’re staying, as most of the sites you’re likely to be wanting to see will be in zones 1 and 2. As a guide, an off-peak (travel after 9.30am) day travel card for zones 1-6 is £8.90; a day travel card for zones 1-2 (valid any time; they don’t do off-peak ones) costs £9; most people will just get an off-peak travel card for zones 1-6 as as a tourist you probably won’t need to travel before 9.30am). Unless you plan on walking everywhere, you will definitely find it cheaper to do it this way as you can hop on and off the tube, buses and DLR as much as you please.
Re the London Pass, I second what Horseradish: said: it’s difficult for me to comment on whether it’s worth is as it totally depends on what you want to do. For example, entrance to the Tower of London, London Zoo, and Shakespeare’s Globe is quite expensive (£13-20 pp); so if you planned to visit those 3, you would almost definitely save by buying a pass. But if you mainly plan on visiting free actions (and London has MANY: galleries, museums etc), then I don’t see it being worth it. So, sit down and work out your itinerary first and go from there.
Also, the London forum on Trip Advisor is really helpful; there’s a wealth of info on there so it would be worth checking out.
Post # 7
Sproggy93: unless you’re going to Heathrow – that’s in zone 6. Otherwise, you probably won’t need the full 1-6.
Post # 8
MsGinkgo: Single rides are expensive; a single tube ride in zone 1 is £2.20 with an Oyster Card (you might want to look into getting one if you’re going to be here for 6 days; the card costs £3 but you save on travel costs; you can also get a zone 1-2 7 day pass for about £32 which works out pretty cheap); so, 4 rides and you’re up to the cost of a day travel card straight away.
Definitely look at the website once you’ve planned a rough itinerary as it gives you a comprehensive breakdown of costs; but I’d say you will almost definitely want to get either day travel cards, and Oyster ‘pay as you go’ card, or a 7 day pass, because you will probably find you use the tubes a fair bit unless you like a LOT of walking (and honestly, London is my least favourite place to walk around, esp the really busy tourist areas; you’re just constantly dodging people and it takes an age to get anywhere).