Making the most of your travels is hard. Your in a new city, new currency’s can be a hassle, and in many cases the language is pretty foreign. This is an English blog so one of the passes in this comparison doesn’t have the last of those but you get the idea. There normally aren’t too many ways to economize on site-seeing, or to simplify it. The oldest and stablest method of economizing travel isn’t available to the majority (Student Pricing), and normally isn’t completely convenient. This is because many of the worlds biggest attractions try to pull in the worlds youth to grab another generation of loyal fans. This is sometimes even state sponsored, especially for groups that interest the government. Still world class destinations are in the process of developing pseudo-packages for people to get better value out of their trips for similar reasons.
London Pass – Its not the ideal system for economizing your trip it requires advanced purchase, and doesn’t include many of the most publicized and in demand attractions in London. Still its ability to skip lines can be a huge value addition, allowing you to run around town much faster.
- Expensive: £46/day or approximately £16/day if you buy it for 6 days
- Missing Major Attractions Including:
- London Eye
- Madam Tussauds
- Competes With Free Attractions Including:
- British Museum
- National Gallery
- National Portrait Gallery
- Science Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Tate Modern
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- National Maritime Museum
- Imperial War Museum
- British Library
- Fast Track Line Skipping: Probably the largest benefit since it can save your hours each day. This feature is available at:
- Tower of London
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Kensington Palace
- Windsor Castle
- Hampton Court Palace
- London Bridge Experience
- London Zoo
- It can include travel via:
- London Underground
- Docklands Light Rail
- Over-ground Trains and National Rail Services within zones 1 – 6
- Variety of Star Attractions Including:
- Tower Bridge Exhibition
- Westminster Abbey
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour (One of my favorites)
- Winston Churchill’s Britain at War Experience
- London Transport Museum
- Thames River Boat Cruise
- Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip
- The Queen’s Gallery
- The Courtauld Gallery
- Additional Discounts and Promotions at select locations.
5% Promotional Coupon Code for 2012: londpas05 Valid on all passes.
Paris Pass – Its a similar situation (suprise!). Its run by the same company, and has similar features.
Cons: Essentially the same list as above.
- Fast Track Line Skipping: Probably the largest benefit since it can save your hours each day. This is most useful at the Musée d’Orsay
- Variety of Star Attractions Including:
- Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
- Louvre Museum
- The Orsay Museum
- Centre Pompidou – National Modern Art
- Arc De Triomphe
- Montparnasse Tower
- Ô Château Wine Tasting
- Opera De Paris – Palais Garnier
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Palace of Versailles
- La Conciergerie
- The Paris Story
- Grevin Wax Museum
- Museum of French Liberation
5% Promotional Coupon Code for 2012: parpas05 Valid on all passes.
Conclusion: The Pre-paid benefits of these items isn’t normally worth the costs. The company thats a third party takes a hefty slice of the profits and makes it hard to find a true value in the tickets. For example tickets at most of the major items on the list are well below the daily cost IF you buy the Passes for only one day. Consider these options if you and your family feel the need to see almost all of these cities and buy the multi-day passes since the cost savings are tremendous (almost 60%!) compared to buying them full priced. This discount brings the overall price well into line with what you would have to spend to see all of the tourist sites they offer. The time savings when your going around to so many sites may also be a great value for your first trip as a family, since it will allow you to see a lot more. Please don’t forget to use the promotional codes listed above, as they will help even more on your budget and enjoy!
Also Check out this tip to skip lines at the Musée du Louvre on our forums by clicking here.