London City Pass (by Turbopass)

What’s the London Turbopass?

The London Turbopass – also known as the London City Pass – is a ticket for 12 attractions and tours in London. With Turbopass you can visit Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London and “The View from the Shard” without buying another ticket. A day trip on the Hop-on Hop-off bus and a river cruise on the Thames are also included.

In addition to those free attractions, there are discounts for tour operators, popular shops in London and a tea house. You can use your Turbopass for one to seven days, depending on which pass you choose.

If you want to spend several days in London, do intensive sightseeing and know which sights you want to visit, this London City Pass can save you a lot of money compared to buying tickets individually.

You can buy the London Turbopass on the Internet, then download it to your smartphone and use it immediately. Alternatively, you can print out the tickets included in the Turbopass. The pass will be activated at the first attraction you visit. You can also optionally book a Visitor Oyster Card for public transport. You will receive it by mail before your departure.

Benefits of the London City Pass by Turbopass

  • Free entry to 12 major attractions
  • Includes 24h Hop-on Hop-off bus
  • Additional discounts for shopping and tours
  • Optional: Visitor Oyster Card for public transport
  • Flexible validity from 1 to 7 days

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How Much is the London City Pass?

The following table gives an overview of the prices:

Information on Public Transport Option

The surcharge for public transport is optional. Adults and children aged 11 and over each receive a Visitor Oyster Card, which is topped up with credit value. The amount of credit depends on how long the Turbopass is valid:

  • 1-day pass: £15.00 credit
  • 2-day pass: £20.00 credit
  • 3-day pass: £20.00 credit
  • 4-day pass: £30.00 credit
  • 5-day pass: £30.00 credit
  • 6-day pass: £40.00 credit
  • 7-day pass: £40.00 credit
London Underground

In addition to your London City Pass, you can buy an Oyster Card. Children under 10 do not need it though since they travel for free in London.

The surcharge for public transport is £8.00 higher than the credit value. This is an activation fee worth £5.00 as well as a service charge worth £3.00.

What’s Included in the London City Pass?

The following table shows all attractions included in the London City Pass.

Last updated: 08/2020

London City Passes (UK) - London Turbopass

Attention: The single ticket prices in the table are online prices. For almost every attraction, tickets purchased online are cheaper than admission tickets at the box office. On the Turbopass website, higher ticket prices are sometimes used for comparison purposes. However, it makes more sense for you to compare the performance of the London City Pass with the online prices in order to find out whether the pass is worthwhile for you.

Our Assessment of the Included Attractions

Compared to the London Pass, the Turbopass contains only a few sights. Nevertheless, the choice is quite good. Many of London’s most popular attractions can be visited free of charge with the Turbo Pass. Highlights are the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, “The View from the Shard” and the Tower of London.

London Eye – Included with Turbopass

A ride on the London Eye is included in the City Pass – as are other top attractions: Madame Tussauds, London Tower etc.

Unfortunately there are some attractions missing in the Turbo Pass that are very popular with tourists, especially St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge Exhibition, HMS Belfast, the SEA LIFE Aquarium and at least one football stadium (e.g. Wembley Stadium).

The Thames river cruise from Westminster to Tower is not really an additional free attraction. If you booked the Hop-on Hop-off bus separately, the Thames trip would already be included. That means, the river cruise is part of the Big Bus ticket.

Attention: The Turbopass website lists numerous museums that can be visited free of charge: National Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern etc. Don’t let this fool you. These public museums are free in London even without a Turbopass.

Hardly Any Time Savings with Turbopass

The name Turbo Pass is a little misleading, because there’s nothing fast about this City Pass. It does advertise that you get preferential admission to some sights, but this only applies to the Tower of London and Kensington Palace. At all other attractions, you will have to queue. In high season this can be several hours. But this is true for all London City Passes. None of them offer fast track entry.

You should also note that many sights in London close in the late afternoon. Therefore, you have little time each day to visit many of the attractions included in the Turbopass. The Hop-on Hop-off bus is of little help here, as it is often stuck in traffic jams during the day and progresses very slowly. Expect to visit only two – but no more than three – sights per day.

Our Assessment of the Public Transport Option

If you book the public transport option, you will receive a Visitor Oyster Card with your Turbopass, allowing you to use London’s public transport system. Depending on the validity of your Turbopass, there is a balance of £15.00 to £40.00 on the card. The purchase price already includes an activation fee of £5.00 and a service charge of £3.00.

We recommend that you buy a regular Oyster Card for £5.00 at a ticket office or machine in London or pay for all journeys with your credit card.

The Visitor Oyster Card should be sufficient if you are mainly travelling in zones 1 + 2 in London, where most attractions are located. These zones have a daily limit of £7.20 – you won’t be charged more than that, no matter how often you use the Underground. If you travel outside these two zones often – for example to Heathrow Airport – the credit will probably not be sufficient. But you can top it up at any time at a ticket machine in a subway station.

Underground in London

Underground in London: With the Turbopass you get an optional Oyster Card for public transport.

Children up to 10 years travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Children between the ages of 11 and 15 can travel at half price when accompanied by an adult. To do this, you must have the Young Visitor Discount loaded onto your Oyster Card in London.

If you want to buy an Oyster Card together with the Turbopass, you should do so at least ten days before your trip, as the Oyster Card comes by post. Shipping costs €5.90 (about £5.00).

Validity of the London City Pass

The London Turbopass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 days. These are consecutive calendar days. For example, a 3-day pass is valid from Tuesday to Thursday. Even if you don’t activate it until Tuesday afternoon, it still counts as the first day. Therefore, you should start sightseeing in the morning in order to have as much time as possible to take advantage of the benefits of the pass.

Is the Turbopass Worth It?

The London Turbopass can be worthwhile if you want to visit some of the included attractions and spend a few days in London.

The longer the Turbopass is valid, the cheaper it is per day:

  • 1-day Turbopass: £76.90
  • 2-days Turbopass: £99.90 = £49.95 per day
  • 3-days Turbopass: £119.90 = £39.97 per day
  • 4-days Turbopass:£134.90 = £33.73 per day
  • 5-days Turbopass: £144.90 = £28.98 per day
  • 6-days Turbopass: £149.90 = £24.98 per day
  • 7-days Turbopass: £159.90 = £22.84 per day

While the day pass costs £76.90, the 7-day pass costs only £22.84 per day. That’s a huge difference! However, the Turbopass only includes 12 free offers. If you’re not interested in all of them, it’s hard to find enough activities after six or seven days.

In our view, you’ll get the best price-performance ratio when buying a London City Pass that is valid between 3 and 4 days. With these you’ll save money in any case. We would like to show this using two examples (please click):

Your Turbopass should be valid for at least three days to be worth it. To recoup the purchase price of £119.90 and even save money, you should visit two or three attractions every day. More than that will hardly be possible, as you often have to expect long waiting times and many attractions are only open until the afternoon.

This could be a possible 3-day itinerary:

Day 1

  • Hop-on Hop-off bus with Big Bus: £31.20
  • Kensington Palace: £17.00

On the first day you can explore London on the Hop-on Hop-off bus and take up to four different routes around the city. Since buses are slow in London’s city traffic, you shouldn’t plan too much time for certain attractions. You could also visit the Kensington Palace (blue bus route). There you’ll enjoy fast track entry, so you don’t have to wait long. Afterwards you can explore the Kensington Gardens on foot.

Day 2

  • London Eye: £24.50 – £31.00
  • Madame Tussauds: £28.50 – £36.00

You could start the second day at the Coca Cola London Eye. As the queues are getting longer during the day, you should be there in the morning for the opening. Afterwards you can visit Madame Tussauds or the London Dungeon in the afternoon. Depending on the waiting time you may also have time for other activities during the day.

Day 3

  • Thames cruise from Westminster to Tower: –
  • Tower of London: £25.00
  • The View from the Shard: from £22.31

On the third day you could take the boat trip on the Thames from Westminster to Tower Station. Since the ticket is already included in the Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket, we do not show a separate price here. Once you arrive at the Tower of London, you can now also visit it and enjoy fast track admission. In the afternoon you walk or drive to the other side of the Thames and enjoy the fabulous view from “The View from the Shard”. The platform is open until late in the evening.

All activities together would cost you up to £162.51 if you bought single tickets. With Turbopass you pay only £119.90 – you’ll save £42.61.

If that’s what you’re after, you can probably do a little more sightseeing in three days and get even more out of the Turbopass. But the programme presented here should be quite relaxed.

The longer the London City Pass is valid, the more worthwhile it gets for you. If you stay at least four days in London, the Turbopass pays off even if your itinerary is quite moderate. In order to minimize waiting times at the attractions, you should start sightseeing as early as possible in the morning. So you get more out of your trip and the London Turbopass.

A possible 4-day itinerary looks like this:

Day 1

  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Big Bus: £31.20
  • Kensington Palace: £17.00

On the first day you can explore London on the Hop-on Hop-off Bus and take up to four different routes around the city. Since buses are slow in London’s city traffic, you shouldn’t plan too much time for certain attractions. You could also visit the Kensington Palace (blue bus route). There you’ll enjoy fast entry, so you don’t have to wait long. Afterwards you can explore the Kensington Gardens on foot.

Day 2

  • London Eye: £24.50 – £31.00
  • London Dungeon: £24.00 – £30.00

You could start the second day at the Coca Cola London Eye. Since the queues are getting longer during the day, you should arrive in the morning for the opening. In the afternoon you can visit the London Dungeon, which is right next door. Depending on the waiting time, you will also have time for other activities that are not included in the pass.

Day 3

  • Thames cruise from Westminster to Tower: –
  • Tower of London: £25.00
  • The View from the Shard: from £22.31

On the third day you could take the boat trip on the Thames from Westminster to Tower Station. Since the ticket is already included in the Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket, we do not show a separate price here. Once you arrive at the Tower Station pier, you can now also visit the Tower and enjoy fast track admission. In the afternoon you walk or drive to the other side of the Thames and enjoy the fabulous view from “The View from the Shard”. The platform is open until late in the evening.

Day 4

  • Madame Tussauds: £28.50 – £36.00
  • Banqueting House London: £7.50

The fourth day starts at Madame Tussauds, the world famous wax museum. Here too it pays off to arrive right at the beginning of the opening hours, as waiting times are to be expected. Afterwards you could visit the nearby Banqueting House London.

If you bought single tickets for all these attractions, you would have to pay up to £200.01 for them. The Turbopass for four days costs only £134.90, so you’ll save £65.11. That’s a huge saving! The London City Pass would still be worthwhile if you decided to skip a few attractions.

London Millenium Bridge

The London Turbopass is most worthwhile with a validity of three to four days. You should expect to be on your feet every day until the afternoon to get the most out of the Turbopass. If you’re in the mood for intense sightseeing, this City Pass will pay off for you. Savings of £40 to £65 compared to the purchase of individual tickets are possible.

When Isn’t the Turbopass Worth it?

The London City Pass for just one day is quite expensive. It’s hardly possible to save a lot of money with it, because even if it works out well, you can only manage three attractions in one day. Most attractions are well visited, so you often have to wait a long time and traffic in London is slow. You may save a few pounds, but that doesn’t justify waiting in line with the Turbopass. You’d be better off buying individual online tickets for selected attractions. The 2-day pass is a little more worthwhile, but it’s still not a great deal.

The Turbopass is also not worthwhile if you want to visit many other sights that are not included in this City Pass while the pass is valid. You won’t have time for that. It’s better to buy individual fast track tickets that let you skip the lines.

Also, with a long validity of six to seven days, the Turbo Pass is not worthwhile because it contains too few free attractions. After about four, but at the most five days, you have already visited most of the sights included in the pass.

If you are mainly interested in Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and Shrek’s Adventure, the Turbopass is also not worthwhile. These attractions are much cheaper if you buy them as a ticket bundle. The best offer is Merlin’s Magical London Pass.

Where Can You Get the City Pass?

You can buy the Turbopass London on the official website. Choose how long you want your Turbopass to be valid, how many people will accompany you and whether you want to book the local transport option. After the purchase you will receive your City Pass by e-mail.

However, technically it is not a single City Pass, but a collection of vouchers that you can exchange for tickets in London. You can print out these vouchers or show them on your smartphone.

If you book the public transport option, the Visitor Oyster Card will be sent by post. You have to expect about ten working days and €5.90 (£5.10) shipping costs. However, you can also buy the Oyster Card at any underground station in London.

As soon as you use your vouchers at the first attraction, the Turbopass will be activated. This is when time begins to run out. The Oyster Card runs independently of the attractions. A subway ride does not count as a sight (but a ride on the Hop-on Hop-off does).

What We Like About Turbopass

 The selection of attractions is small but fine. Many important sights are included in the Turbopass.

If you know what you want to see and mainly choose the more expensive attractions, you can save money with the Turbopass.

The London City Pass is valid from 1 to 7 days. Most other city passes are not that flexible.

The vouchers included in the City Pass are digitally transferred to your smartphone. You don’t have to pick up your City Pass in London. Postage is also not necessary.

What We Don’t Like About Turbopass

 The Turbopass is technically not a City Pass, but a collection of digital vouchers. This is a bit confusing.

The selection of the attractions is indeed good, but compared to other city passes, there are rather few attractions included in the pass.

The Turbopass does not ignite a turbo. At most attractions you have to queue like other visitors. However, this applies to all London City Passes.

The purchase price for 1- and 2-day passes are too high. It will be difficult to visit enough attractions to save money.

FAQ About the London City Pass

No, each attraction can only be visited once with the London Turbopass. Your ticket will be electronically validated upon admission.

The City Pass is only activated when you use it for the first time at an attraction. Then the pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 days – depending on which pass you buy.

These are consecutive calendar days. That’s why you should activate the pass early in the morning to make the most of the first day.

Basically, yes. Most sights are open almost every day. Only during the Christmas season you have to reckon with restrictions.

Note, however, that many attractions close in the late afternoon. The opening hours and sometimes long waiting times should be taken into account when planning your trip.

The London Turbopass is also available for children between the ages of 5 and 15. They pay a reduced price. Older children must pay the regular price. For younger children, entry to many sights is free anyway.

If you have problems with your Turbopass on the road, you can contact the company’s great customer service. Many customers report that they were helped quickly. However, be aware that you’ll have to call a land line in Germany.

For more specific questions, please see the Questions and Answers page.

If your plans change, you can cancel your Turbopass up to one day before the first day of validity. You will get the purchase price back. However, Turbopass retains €30 (£26) per ticket as a cancellation fee.

Alternatives to the London City Pass

The London Turbopass isn’t worth it for you? For most attractions in London you can book single tickets on the internet and – if necessary – reserve a time slot. A pre-purchased ticket often saves you long waiting times, which can extend over several hours in the high season for popular attractions:

Ticket bundles can be a good alternative to single tickets and city passes. One of the most popular bundles is Merlin’s Magical London 5-in-1 Pass, which allows you to visit Madame Tussauds, London Eye, London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure and SEA LIFE Aquarium for just £70.00.

Other discounted ticket bundles are available at Discount London.

More London City Passes

London Pass
London Explorer Pass
London iVenture Card