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Confused about London Eye tickets

The 2 for 1 site lists them at 26. The Fast Track price is 32 (x 2 people would be 64!) I've read that as long as you have your ticket in hand (purchased in advance online) there's not too much of a line for the eye. True? Or is it worth the expense of a Fast Track? We are not in a hurry.

We're not buying the London Pass. We don't want to feel rushed to see everything it includes.

Also, the U.S. dollar to GBP is pretty bad right now too, so hoping to save where we can.

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37 posts

Just reading further... so you have to buy the train ticket to get 2 for 1 deal?
We bought oyster cards so no need for train tickets

Posted by
6802 posts

"Also, the U.S. dollar to GBP is pretty bad right now too...". What makes you say that? I think the rate is pretty favorable for US travelers.

Posted by
7205 posts

The USD/GBP exchange rate is the most favorable that Americans have had in YEARS!

Yes, you have to have train tickets for the 2-for-1 deal. It was originally a deal aimed at encouraging British tourists to catch the train to London. The use of National Rail-issued travelcards is a loophole of great use to tourists. But if you have an Oyster card, you won't have the correct travelcards for the deal.

(Edited to make the last sentence clearer).

Posted by
2047 posts

Apparently betsree has missed some of the fun exchange rates in the past. I generally cacluate that 1 GBP is 50 cents and right now it's closer to 75 cents. Looks good to me!

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26 posts

I'm pulling this one back up because, like the OP, I am now confused about the Eye. I did look at National Rail and 2-4-1, and it seems that if I am leaving from Heathrow (T 3, 4, 5) I might be on a train that would make us eligible; it allowed it as a possible point of departure. We are arriving in London in a week (!!!) and I thought that might be a good day to do the Eye since it's not overwhelming (like a museum or a show). I've been before but this will my children's first experience with jet lag in that direction.

If anyone can clarify this, I'd love it-- since the forecast is out, looks like next Monday is a viable day for a ride in the Eye...

--Shelbey

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13223 posts

Unfortunately, coming from Heathrow, neither the Heathrow Express nor a Tube ticket will qualify for the 2-4-1 deal on London Eye (or anywhere else.)

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4737 posts

The only half sensible way of getting from Heathrow to Central London by a National Rail station is the 285 bus to Feltham and train from there to Waterloo. That used to be advertised as the way to go before the extension of the Piccadilly line to Heathrow as the alternative to the bus. It still isn't a bad way of getting to that area of London (near the Eye!) but hardly to anywhere else.

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13223 posts

Would it be possible for someone who wanted to do this to take a bus to Hayes and Harlington and then GWR rail to Paddington to there? Just curious, because the last time we went to Heathrow it was from outside London, on the train coming toward Paddington from Oxford. Looking at routes Inrealized we could save time by getting off at Hayes and Harlington and changing to the Heathrow Connect there. I was able to buy that ticket online.

One could buy a ticket on the Heathrow Connect online, tomtake it straight from Heathrow (skipping a bus link) but I don't know if that ticket will have the national rail logo.

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Yes, the 140 bus is an alternative to Hayes and Harrington for the extremely cost conscious and occasionally has to act as the replacement for the last leg of the Connect. There is a ticket office there, at present a temporary one.