London Eye: tickets, opening times and costs

The London Eye is one of the city’s most popular attractions (Photo: Getty Images)

Let’s face it, no trip to the capital would be complete without a twist on the London Eye – which has become one of the city’s top attractions since it opened on the eve of the millennium.

Located on the south bank of the Thames, the wheel offers unparalleled views of the capital from its 32 pods – with those capsules hosting events such as a pop-up pub, West End performances and even a disco in the air when it was celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020.

During the first lockdown, the wheel even lit up blue every Thursday evening to coincide with Clap for Carers.

Now it’s up and running again, welcoming visitors – but if you want to take a ride on the London Eye, how much does it cost and where can you buy tickets?

Here’s what you need to know…

Where can you buy tickets for the London Eye?

Tickets for the London Eye can be booked in advance via the official website.

Currently, anyone wishing to visit must pre-book as the attraction is operating with limited capacity in the wake of the pandemic.

The time slot you book is not the time you are in the Eye, but the time you gain access to the queue.

It looks even more beautiful at night (Picture: Getty Images)

According to the website, standard ticket holders can wait about 45 minutes, while those with Fasttrack tickets will have to wait 20 minutes.

Those who book in advance receive a 20% discount on the ticket price – and you can rebook your ticket up to five times free of charge, if you are unable to attend on the day of your booking.

How much do tickets cost?

Standard tickets for the London Eye start from £27 per adult – rising to £33.50 if you book them on the day of your visit, while children’s tickets cost £30.

Fast track tickets – which reduce queues – cost £37 per adult if booked in advance, £43.50 if booked on the day, £40 for children.

Children up to the age of three can enter the Eye for free, but must be in possession of a valid ticket, which can be picked up at the counter opposite the attraction.

Child tickets can only be booked online when booking an adult ticket, and children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.

If you have purchased adult tickets and wish to purchase a child ticket, you must purchase it on site on the day of your visit.

In addition to the standard and FastTrack tickets, you can also upgrade to a Champagne Experience – which gives you priority access and a glass of champagne in your capsule – which costs £47.50 per person.

There are also several other offers that allow you to combine a visit to the London Eye with another attraction. Check the website for what these are and how much they cost.

What are the London Eye opening hours?

The London Eye is currently open from 11am to 6pm, although it is likely to open later in the summer.

The attraction is open seven days a week, but is closed on Christmas Day.

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