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London 2 For 1 Attraction Discounts With Travelcards & Train Tickets In 2015

Author: Bob Handford

What is The 2 For 1 Promotion

The 2 for 1 promotion covers over 150 attractions in the London area.

2 for 1 requires a voucher printed at no charge from the promotions web site, plus a transport ticket issued by the railways that would enable you to get to the attraction that day. (The scheme is promoted by the railways)

2 for 1 means that one person pays the full standard adult admission and another person goes in free, irrespective of age. This means that the scheme is not normally worthwhile when children are involved as they normally go in around half price anyway, (you cannot use 2 for 1 to pay child admission and get another child in free).

You have to check out each attraction\’s individual rules and regulations when you print out the voucher from the web site, the above is the general rule but individual attractions may have other restrictions.

Attractions Covered And Savings

One of the attractions of the scheme is that it covers many of the top attractions.
These include the Tower of London, Madame Tussaud\’s, London Dungeon, London Zoo, London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge Exhibition and Hampton Court.

Attractions do come in and out of the scheme. The London Eye is a good example.

When you consider that the admission to the Tower of London is over £20 and the cost of a 1 Day Travelcard is around £12 the savings are very worhwhile.

Key Points Of The 2 For 1 Promotion

– To qualify you must have a valid railway ticket with the railways logo on that is valid to get you to Central London on the day of entry to the attraction. Single railway tickets are only valid on the day the railway ticket is used. Return tickets are valid for 2 for 1 the entire period between the outward and return legs of your train ticket.

Or  a valid Travelcard issued by the railways, (not by the Underground, TFL or on-line)

– You must have a 2 for 1 voucher for the attraction. You can print as many vouchers as you like at no charge.

– The deal is normally for standard tickets, not fast-track and not to be used in conjunction with other promotional tickets.

– The vouchers have expiry dates. Near the expiry dates a new set of vouchers are put up on the official web-site. Each voucher cycle some attractions join, others may drop out.

– There is no limit to the number of vouchers you can use in a day.

Qualifying Railway Tickets For The Promotion

The facet that gets visitors confused is the qualifying rail issued tickets that can be used with the 2 for 1 promotion.

If you are not travelling to London by train, your work around is to buy a Travelcard. Travelcard is a public transport pass covering the buses, underground, DLR and railways in London. The alternative Oyster pass is not valid for the 2 for 1 scheme.

The only places that sell Travelcards with the rail logo on are railway ticket offices at Central London mainline rail stations, (Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo, Fenchurch Street and Victoria). All these also have Underground ticket offices and some have information centres which also sell Travelcards. Purchasing from anywhere other than the train ticket offices do not qualify. Travelcards bought on-line in advance do not qualify for 2 for 1.

Its not all straight forward with the qualifying railway tickets either. The UK has a privatised rail system with many operating companies, not all of which support the promotion. Confusingly return tickets on the Gatwick Express and Stansted Express airport trains bought from the railways do qualify but tickets on the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect do not.

There are railways stations in the suburbs of London away from where most visitors stay which may sell tickets valid for 2 for 1. If a railway station is in one of the London public transport zonal areas it will sell both Travelcards and return rail tickets that are valid for 2 for 1. However, the ticket office at such stations must be operated by the railways for tickets to be valid for 2 for 1.

Many stations are dual railways and underground/overground stations but unlike the mainline railway stations in Central London listed above do not have separate ticket offices. Some stations like Heathrow Airport and West Brompton as a result do not sell tickets valid for 2 for 1 whilst Ealing Broadway does.

Zone 1-2 Travelcards Withdrawn in 2015

On January 2nd 2015, the cheapest Travelcards qualifying for 2 for 1, the 1 Day zone 1-2 and zone 1-3  Travelcards were  withdrawn, the cheapest Travelcard in 2015 will be the zone 1-4 peak 1 day Travelcard valid for travel before 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and the zone 1-6 off-peak Travelcards – both are the same price (£12.00) in 2015.

Photo ID Cards For 7 Day Travelcards Purchased From The Railways

In 2012 the railways brought in a requirement that when you buy a 7 Day Travelcard you require a photo id card. This is issued free when you buy a 7 Day Travelcard, but you must bring along your own passport size photo. This rule only applies to 7 Day Travelcards bought from railway stations.

(7 Day Travelcards bought anywhere else than the railways ticket offices come loaded on an Oyster Card and do not require a photo but are not valid for the 2 for 1 promotion.)

You do not need photo id for 1 day Travelcard

Related Information

Travelcards – Prices, Zones, How To Use…


2 for 1 Promotion Web Site – Print Your Coupons From Here.


The London\’s Pass – London\’s Other Transport & Attraction Ticket …


Discuss 2 For 1 With Bob

For the visitor to London its bad enough getting on top of Oyster v Travelcard, let alone the 2 for 1 promotion.

So if you\’re confused just make a comment below, normally I’ll respond well within 24 hours

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  • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

    When I buy a ticket with 2For1 at one place do they keep the railway ticket (or travelcard) or return back?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      They return the transport tickets

  • Judith Stasel

    Just returned from London. It was a little confusing at the Victoria Rail Station because the station is so large, but I then found the correct line to buy National rail tickets. It was quick and painless. I had small photos and he had us on our way in about 4 minutes.

    In 5 days we saved 125 pounds on attractions. The 64 pounds on the train tickets was well used as well. We rode the subway on average 3 times a day. Definitely saved us a lot of money!!

  • Emily

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the 2-for-1 information in the article.

    In an earlier discussion I saw that One “cannot use 2 for 1 with on-line purchased attraction tickets or in conjunction with any other offer”.

    I wonder how to qualify for the Harry Potter London Walk tour with the 2-for-1 deal, since this tour requires online booking in advance.

    Should I just book for one-person online? and bring our valid train tickets or travelcard on the day of the tour to qualify for 2-for-1?

    Your help is appreciated,

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      You can only use 2 for 1 with walk up standard tickets – you cannot use with on-line, fast track, family tickets etc or use discount codes/vouchers in conjunction with 2 for 1
      There are a few attractions where you have to reserve tickets in advance and walk ups are not an option – for these you have to look at that the terms and conditions on the 2 for 1 web site where you print the vouchers or contact the attraction in question.

  • Tatiana

    i am not sure if i got it right…but let`s say i`m travellin alone to london to meet a friend currently living there. can i use the 2for 1 offer it it`s just me who has the train tickets? thanks a lot!!

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      I’m afraid both people using 2 for 1 requite a qualifying rail issued transport ticket

  • Jesamine Benn

    Hi Bob,
    We are arriving in Heathrow and staying in Earl’s Court for four nights, then taking Eurostar to Amsterdam.
    Would really like to utilise the 2-4-1 deals, but not sure how to go about it.
    Any advice would be great, thank you!

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Arriving at Heathrow and staying at somewhere like Earls Court nowhere near a railway station is always going to be a pain qualifying for for 2 for 1

      I assume you’ll buy an Oyster Card at Heathrow and take the tube to Earls Court initially, using Oyster unless there is good reason for your transport needs

      You basically have 2 options for each day you require to qualify for 2 for 1

      The most painless is to buy a 1 day Travelcard the day before you need 2 for 1 from a railway station ticket office in London and using that instead of the Oyster that day, Victoria and Charing Cross are probably the most convenient railway stations .
      A 1 day Travelcard costs £12 so you’ll be payiing nearly £6 more than if you stuck with the Oyster so factor that into your 2 for 1 savings.

      The alternative is to buy a single train ticket, perhaps Vauxhall to Waterloo, fare £2.80 which will qualify you for 2 for 1 on the day it is valid. If you actually use the ticket don’t go through any automatic ticket barrier at the destination as they will reatin the ticket which you will need to show at the attraction

  • Judith Stasel

    If I am buying a 7 day paper travel card at a National Rail Station, such as Victoria Station. Are there only certain times/days to do that, or is there a manned station open 24/7. Thanks

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      The railways ticket office at Victoria is closed 1 a.m. to 4 a.m., on Sundays 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

      • Judith Stasel

        Perfect. Thanks

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