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Visit London Eye – tickets, prices, hours, Passes

London Eye

London Eye is a giant Ferris Wheel at the heart of the capital and is one of the iconic symbols of modern London.

The Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the most popular attractions in London.

Despite being a paid tourist attraction, it is quite popular among both the tourists and the locals.

Every year, London Eye attracts 3.5 Million users.

In this article, we cover everything you need to know before your visit –

1. How to reach
2. London Eye hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Waiting time
5. Duration of London Eye tour
6. London Eye prices
7. London Eye tickets
8. Merlin’s Magical London tickets
9. London Eye with London Pass
10. London Eye at night
11. London Eye FAQs

Where is the London Eye?

The London Eye is situated in the heart of the capital, rotating over the South bank of the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

London Eye address
The London Eye,
Riverside Building,
County Hall,
Westminster Bridge Road,
London, SE1 7PB.

London Eye directions

London Eye tube station

The London tube is one of the cheapest and fastest ways to reach the London Eye.

Waterloo tube station, at about 5-minute walking distance from the London Eye, is the closest tube station to the London Eye. You have to exit the tube following signs for the South Bank.

Embankment and Charing Cross tube Stations are close together on the Northern side of the river Thames.

Both tube stations are at a ten to a fifteen-minute walking distance from the London Eye and you will have to cross over Hunger ford Bridge from the station to reach your destination.

Westminster Tube Station is the closest station to the Parliament and Big Ben.

You have to take exit one from the Westminster tube station and follow signs for Westminster Pier to reach your destination.


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London Eye hours – Opening times

The opening times for the London Eye varies throughout the year.

Below are the specific London Eye hours for the upcoming months

SEPTEMBER
Open Daily
from 10 am to 9 pm [1st- 2nd ]
from 10 am to 6 pm- [3rd – 7th , 10th – 14th , 17th – 21st , 24th – 28th]
from 10 am to 8.30 pm [8th – 9th , 15th- 16th, 22nd – 23rd , 29th – 30th]

OCTOBER
Open Daily
from 11 am to 6 pm [1st- 5th, 8th- 12th, 15th- 18th, 22nd- 25th, 29th- 31st]
from 10 am to 8.30 pm [6th – 7th , 13th- 14th, 19th – 21st , 26th – 28th]

NOVEMBER
Open Daily
from 11 am to 6 pm [1st- 2nd , 5th- 9th, 12th, 15- 16th, 19th – 23rd , 26th- 30th ]
from 10 am to 8.30 pm [3rd – 4th , 10th- 11th, 17th – 18th , 24th – 25th]

DECEMBER
Open Daily
from 10 am to 8.30 pm [1st- 2nd, 8th- 9th , 15h – 16th , 22nd – 23rd , 26th- 30th]
from 11 am to 6 pm [3rd- 7th, 10th- 14th, 17th- 21st ]
from 10 am to 5.30 pm [24th December]
from 10 am to 3 pm [31st December to the New Year’s Eve]

For a more updated London Eye schedule, Click Here.

Note: It will be best to purchase online tickets to avoid last minute disappointment. Online booking is also 10-15% cheaper. 

When is London Eye closed?

The London Eye remains closed on Christmas Day, 25th December.

It also closes during January for annual maintenance work. For instance, in 2018, the London Eye was closed from 8th January to 22nd January.

Every year, the London Eye closes around this period for annual maintenance.

Although the London Eye is closed during this period, the ticket office remains open for the purchase of tickets for other tourist attractions.


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Best time to visit the London Eye

The London Eye attracts millions of tourists every year.

It offers a beautiful and enthralling view of the city, the River Thames, Big Ben and Parliament and even the Buckingham Palace nestled in the trees.

If you want to avoid the queues for buying tickets, the best option is to buy London Eye tickets online.  The second best option is to be there when the London attraction opens. The third best time to visit the London Eye to avoid the crowd is late afternoon when the crowd thins down a bit.

Many tourists feel that the best time to visit the London Eye is the sunset. Watching the sun go down behind the Big Ben and the Parliament is breathtaking.

London Eye at night is also a great option during the high season. The waiting lines are really short or non-existent after the sunset and the Eye usually stays open until 9.30 pm.

When NOT to visit the London Eye

If you want to avoid crowd as well as waiting in the lines while visiting the London Eye, you should definitely avoid going on the weekends.

It is also best if you refrain from visiting the London Eye on the Bank holidays and the UK School Holidays like Easter Holidays, the Summer and autumn break and the Christmas holiday.

April-May, August, and October are among the peak months.

You should always check big events and festivities that could attract a lot of tourists to London during that period.

 


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How long is the waiting time at London Eye

There are two waiting lines at London Eye: one to buy the ticket and another for boarding.

You can avoid the first line by getting online tickets but if you get a standard ticket, you are expected to arrive half an hour before the boarding time to get the pre-booked ticket and pass the boarding line.

If you rather prefer to buy the ticket at the ticket counter, you should consider coming either at the opening time, i.e 10 am or in the evening.

After 3 pm, the lines are shorter and surprisingly sunset does not attract much crowd. If you have checked for a clear weather, then visiting the London Eye at sunset would be worth your visit.

The waiting lines for visiting the London Eye can be long but the upside is that they also move quickly.

The average waiting time at a London Eye queue for entry is about 20-30 minutes in the peak months.

However, this waiting time can exceed half an hour or so on long weekends, school holidays, and on bank holidays.

If you do, however, plan a trip in the high season, you should book your ticket a day or two in advance after checking the weather forecast. If the skies are clear, then buying your tickets online would guarantee a hassle-free entry.

Everything said and done, London Eye is a highly rated London attraction.

How long does the London Eye tour take?

The London Eye’s 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules hold up to 25 people and rotate at 26 cm per second.

Each rotation of the London Eye takes 30 minutes to complete.

So 30 minutes of buying tickets, 20-30 minutes of boarding plus 30 minutes of the actual ride brings the duration of the whole London Eye experience to be around 90 minutes.

With a ticket booked online in advance, you will be able to save 30 minutes of your waiting period.


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London Eye prices

The Standard entry tickets guarantee entry to the 30-minute rotation in the London Eye Passenger Capsule as well as entry to 4D Cinema experience.

London Eye ticket price (when booked at the venue)

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 27 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 22 Euros

Children below 3 years entry for free.

Save 10 % on the online price of London Eye tickets

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 24.30 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 19.80 Euros.

This is just to give you a sense of pricing at London Eye. For detailed pricing for all kinds of London Eye experiences, please continue reading.

London Pass

London Eye tickets

The London Eye is one of the most popular tourist attractions while people are on a holiday in London.

There is always a huge demand for London Eye tickets. That’s why we recommend you book your tickets in advance.

All the tickets mentioned below are delivered to your inbox within five minutes of purchase.

These are smartphone tickets, which means you don’t need to print them. All you have to do is show the email you got at the entrance of the London Eye, to gain entry.

There are three types of London Eye experiences you can book:

1. London Eye – Standard or Fast Track tickets
2. London Eye plus the London Bus tour experience
3. London Eye River cruise experience

Important:
1. This attraction is wheelchair accessible. Only two wheelchairs are allowed in one capsule at a time and a maximum of eight are allowed on the London Eye at one time.
2. Unsupervised children under 16 years are not allowed entry so plan accordingly.

1. London Eye tickets – Standard or Fast Track

Pure London Eye tickets come in two flavors – standard and Fast Track.

Fast Track London Eye tickets give you access through a dedicated entrance to skip the majority of the queue.

Besides the London Eye, these tickets also give you access to the unique 4D Cinema experience.

While booking your tickets remember that while the infants under 2 years can ride for free, they are still required to reserve a ticket.

Standard tickets, booking in advance

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 27.61 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 22.49 Euros

Standard tickets, booking the same day

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 30.67 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 24.99 Euros

Fast track tickets, booking in advance

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 37.83 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 32.72 Euros

Fast track tickets, booking the same day

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 42.03 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 36.35 Euros

Once you click on the link below, you will be able to choose between ‘Standard’ and ‘Fast Track’ ticket options.

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2. London bus tour plus London Eye tickets

This ticket allows you to combine the Original London Sightseeing Bus tour with a reduced price ticket for the London Eye.

It provides a full day hop-on and a hop-off bus tour of the city along with boarding the London Eye both at day and at night.

It also includes three 90-minute walking tours as well as a hop-on and hop-off cruise along the River Thames.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 59.64 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-15 years): 34.93 Euros

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3. London Eye river cruise ticket

This ticket provides a one day hop-on-hop-off River Thames sightseeing tour from any of the four conveniently located piers and one ride on the London Eye.

You can decide when to go up the London Eye.

With this tour, you get to see the London Eye from land, water and from London Eye itself.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (for 17+ years): 51.75 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 5-16 years): 38.63 Euros

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Merlin’s Magical London tickets

This ticket will allow you to experience London’s five most popular tourist attractions –

1. Shrek’s Adventure! London
2. Madame Tussaud’s London
3. Sealife London Aquarium
4. Coca Cola London Eye
5. London Dungeon.

If you are holidaying in London with kids aged 5-18 we highly recommend this combination ticket. This is true value for money.

Once bought the Merlin’s Magical London ticket is valid for 90 days.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 62.48 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-15 years): 51.12 Euros

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London Eye with London Pass

Four Passes are quite popular among tourists visiting London. They are –

1. London Multi-Tour Pass
2. The London Pass
3. London: iVenture Pass
4. London City Pass

Out of these four passes, only two allow free entry to London Eye any time of the day.

1. London Multi-Tour Pass

This Multi-Tour Pass provides a 90 minute walk-on-walk-off London tour pass, which helps you experience London’s most impressive sights.

The Pass includes 12 walking tours across London. No advance reservations required. You choose when to join and when to drop off.

It also offers 24-hours MBNA Thames Clipper River Cruise tickets, Tower of London tickets, reservation to the British Museum and the National Museum. These London passes are valid for 7 days.

However, London Multi-Tour Pass does not cover a free trip to the London Eye.

Multi-Tour Pass Price

Adult ticket (for 13+ years): 106.79 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-12 years): 55.67 Euros

Kids under 3 years can enter for free.

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2. The London Pass

The London Pass provides free entry to over 60 of London’s top attractions and a 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus ticket.

It allows fast-track entrance at the most popular sites. It includes a 160-page Guidebook and 20 exclusive special offers at some of the city’s best restaurants and shops.

While it covers a lot of tourist attractions, London Eye is a huge miss in this London Pass.

The Pass is valid for anywhere from 1 to 10 days depending on your choice.

The price of the pass varies according to the days of its validity.

It ranges from 78.39 Euros (adult) and 55.67 Euros (child) when only one day is selected to 203.35 Euros (adult) and 152.23 Euros (child) when 10 days are selected.

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3. London: iVenture Pass

The iVenture card includes access to the London Eye along with skip the line priority access to many of London’s attractions, restaurants and entertainment.

The iVenture card is valid for 28 days. You can also save on your travel expenses with the option to include a prepaid Visitor Oyster Card.

There are four kinds of Passes depending on the number of activities you prefer –

London: iVenture Card-3 Ticket Flexi Pass

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 78.39 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-15 years): 67.03 Euros

London: iVenture Card-5 Ticket Flexi Pass

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 112.47 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-15 years): 101.11 Euros

London: iVenture Card-7 Ticket Flexi Pass

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 146.55 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-15 years): 129.51 Euros

London: iVenture Card-10 Ticket Flexi Pass

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 191.99 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-15 years): 169.27 Euros

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4. London City Pass

The London City Pass provides you with free or priority entry to some of the most important sights of London like the St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Madame Tussaud’s or the View from the Shard.

And yes, a free trip to London Eye is also included in this Pass.

This 7-day pass also includes a free boat ride on the Thames with live or audio commentary.

The London City Pass gives you discounts on shopping, dining, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus tours and leisure activities.

There are three kinds of passes (optionally with transit) which you can get by post or one of the pick-up points in London.

London City Pass STARTER

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 99.86 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 5-15 years): 56.69 Euros

London City Pass CLASSIC

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 128.26 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 5-15 years): 79.41 Euros

London City Pass BEST

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 162.34 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 5-15 years): 102.13 Euros

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London Eye at night

Many tourists wonder if London Eye can even be visited at night. Many others wonder what is better – London Eye at night or London Eye during the day.

With some traveler inputs, we try and help you make a decision.

London Eye at night or during day

Tourists who are visiting London for the first time might prefer to visit the London Eye during the day. This is completely normal, after all, they want to see the ariel view of London.

However, if you have the budget and the time we recommend you go up the London Eye – both at night and during day.

Or if you have already been on an observation deck during the daytime, we recommend you try the night time ride at the London Eye.

At night, when the lights come on London is beautiful in its own mesmerizing way.

Night times is also one of the best times if you want to avoid long waiting lines.

The sunset is definitely recommended as one of the best times to visit the London Eye.

Before you make your reservations, do check on the London weather for the day.

You will be in for a disappointing ride up the London Eye if you go up but can’t see anything because of bad weather.

London Eye at night tickets

The London Eye at night can be experienced in two ways.

The first option is the London Eye Day and Night ticket, allowing two 30-minute rotations in London Eye’s passenger capsules.

The first admission is allowed between 11 am to 4 pm and the second admission from 4 pm to the closing time.

This ticket, however, is seasonal and is available only from October to March.

You save 10% by booking these tickets online.

Ticket price when booking in advance

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 37.83 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 32.72 Euros

Ticket price when booking same day

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 37 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 32 Euro

It is best to book the tickets online because of the limited availability of these tickets.

The second option is booking a standard London Eye ticket at a time slot closer to the sunset.

Standard tickets, booking in advance

Adult ticket (for 16+ years): 27.61 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 3-15 years): 22.49 Euros

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London Eye – Frequently Asked Questions

Tourists heading towards London Eye have lots of questions about this fine London attraction. The three most common questions being –

When was London Eye built?

The construction of the London Eye began in 1998 and it opened to the public on 31 Dec 1999.

The main components of the London Eye were built off-site and then shipped to the construction site where the wheel was assembled.

Why Coca-Cola London Eye?

In September of 2014, Coca-Cola became the sponsor of the London Eye after signing a deal with the wheel’s owner, Merlin Entertainments.

The attraction re-opened in 2015 with the wheel shining red in the night because of the deal, now known as Coca-Cola London Eye.

London Eye height?

The London Eye is 135 meters (443 ft) tall with a wheel having a diameter of 120 meters (394 ft).

London Eye was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel till it was surpassed in 2006 by the 160 meters (525 ft) tall Star of Nanchang.

London Eye is still described the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.

 

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