The panoramic viewing platform at The Shard skyscraper is one of the latest tourist attractions to open in London in the last few years, and has quickly become one of the most popular in London.
Tickets to The Shard are flying! So if you're thinking about buying yours, I recommend you to read this post carefully because we talk about how much they cost and how to buy them, among many other questions. Let's get started!
1. What budget do I need for tickets to The Shard?
From 43 € in Hellotickets you can get a skip-the-line ticket to The View observation deck of The Shard, one of the most modern skyscrapers in London, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the skyline of the city from more than 300 metres above the ground.
The views from the London Eye are famous but I'm not exaggerating when I say that The View has the most impressive views in the British capital. Even more so than the popular Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames because The Shard is almost twice as high - you won't be able to stop taking pictures!
2. How much budget do I need for the most premium tickets to The Shard?
If you feel like treating yourself during your visit or want to surprise your partner with a romantic plan, I recommend upgrading your tickets for a little more money. From 65 € in Hellotickets you can enjoy a more premium experience while contemplating the spectacular views from The Shard in London at your feet with an exquisite glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut champagne. It will be a memory you won't forget!
I recommend going to The View a little before sunset to watch the beautiful palette of colours unfold across the London skyline as the sun goes down and the city lights slowly come on - it's a magical moment!
Just remember to watch when the sunset occurs during the dates you travel to London as this phenomenon varies depending on the month and time of year.
3. Can I visit The Shard with a Tourist Card?
That's right, it's the cheapest option! From €41 you can get the London Explorer Pass (you pay for the number of sites you visit) while from €74 you can get the London Pass (you pay for days and get to see over 80 tourist attractions) from Hellotickets.
It's a very convenient option if you're planning to spend several days in the British capital and want to get the most out of your stay by seeing a lot of sights. With any of these tourist cards, a visit to The Shard is included but you will also be able to access other places of interest such as Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussauds Museum or a boat trip on the Thames.
If you're planning to stay in London for more than 3 days, buying a tourist pass will save you a pretty penny when it comes to sightseeing and you'll avoid the long queues at the ticket offices of each tourist attraction as there is usually a special queue for pass holders.
As you can see, these are all advantages, but in the post The best tourist card in London we analyse in detail everything you can do with them during your trip. Don't miss it!
4. How can I save on a visit to The View at The Shard and are there any reduced fares?
Unlike other London skyline attractions such as the London Eye, there are currently no concessionary rates to visit The View at The Shard. This means that the price is the same for all visitors regardless of age, with the exception of children aged 3 and under, who can access the attraction for free.
If you're looking to save a little on your visit to The View, the best option I can recommend is to get one of the London Tourist Cards I mentioned earlier.
5. How much are tickets to The View at the box office?
If you are thinking of coming to London to buy tickets for The View, you should know that these tickets are not sold at the box office but on the website of the skyscraper where the prices are as follows:
- Midweek Saver General Admission: from £25
- Essential Ticket: from £39
- Deluxe Ticket: from £49
These tickets must be purchased online and well in advance as The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, the views from the observation deck are very impressive and therefore extremely popular. It is one of the must-do things to do in London!
6. How much does it cost to get to The Shard?
If you want to get to The Shard quickly because you're running out of time or because you don't want to tire yourself out doing marathon walks, for around €6 for a tube ticket (depending on the area you're moving around) you can get to London Bridge station, the closest station to the attraction, in no time at all. To learn how to use the tube and get around the city easily, I recommend taking a look at this Practical Guide to the London Underground.
The price of transport in London is a bit expensive compared to other European cities but you can try to save some money by getting an Oyster Card or Travelcard to pay your way around the British capital. Your pocket will feel it!
Another option you may be interested in is buying a ticket for the London sightseeing bus, which allows you to explore the city while sitting comfortably in your seat.
But if you enjoy exploring every inch of the city on foot, you're in luck because you'll be able to get to The Shard without spending a single penny by taking a nice walk around its surroundings - there's so much to see that the walk will be short!
For example, take a stroll around St Paul's Cathedral and the City of London before heading to The View and on the way out, take a look at the Tower of London and take some photos with the iconic Tower Bridge in the background.
7. How much does it cost to eat near The Shard?
There's a wide range of price options in the London Bridge area, which is where The View is located, and you can get a great meal for as little as €10.
Near The Shard skyscraper you'll find plenty of restaurants to take a break and recharge your batteries. From pizzas, burgers and burritos to sandwiches, salads and fish. You'll even find British cuisine - a little bit of everything!
If you're planning to take advantage of your visit to The View to eat in the neighbourhood, I recommend you read the post The best places to eat near The Shard in London to get ideas.