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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…

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

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

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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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  • stuartje

    Can I buy the Travelcards for the week that need a picture without my wife and kids being present? I would bring along the photo needed. Also, when buying 2 for 1 tickets, can we buy 1 child ticket and get 1 child ticket free? Or if we have two adults and 2 kids, do we buy 2 adult tix and get 2 kid tix?

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

      I’m not sure what the formal rules are, if there are any – in a few areas like this ticketing staff seem to do there own thing not always consistently.
      Feedback is that most ticketing staff are quite OK issuing tickets without people being present, but the odd person’s experience has been to the contrary.

      With regards 2 for 1 the standard rule (unless terms and conditions for an individual attraction specifically say otherwise) is that one person pays full standard entrance, the other gets in free irrespective of age.
      So in your case 2 vouchers would mean you pay 2 adult admissions and the other 2 in your party get in free.

  • Tania

    Hi Bob
    My husband & I will be travelling to London on 6th Sept 2015 with our two daughters (13 & 18). We will travel from Heathrow on our first day (7am) to East Croydon, where we will be based. For 4 days, we will travel daily from East Croydon to central London, return. While in London we will use the tube throughout the day. Which ticket would be best for our travel needs? Should we buy peak tickets as we will be unsure of times we will use tube in London? Will the ticket we purchase be able to combine 2 for 1 offer as we would like to make use of that if possible. Also do you have a link to the attractions which accept the 2 for 1 offer. Thanks in advance.

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

      The most cost effective option for you will to buy Oyster Cards each on arrival at a Heathrow Underground Station. Your 18 year old you need to treat as an adult for everything when in the UK.
      For your 13 year old ask for a young persons discount to be applied to the Oyster which gives child fares. This can only be done at Heathrow and zone 1 Underground Stations.

      There are various ways of getting to East Croydon from Heathrow but there is a direct bus the X26 which you can use your Oyster on. This is a normal London red bus. The alternative is to get the Underground to the centre of London (Victoria) then the train out to East Croydon.
      The esse which you can board this bus will depend on which passenger terminal you are using at Heathrow, which are spread out literally miles apart.

      East Croydon Rail Station is in zone 5
      On days you want to use 2 for 1 buy 1 day Travelcards zones 1-5 from East Croydon Rail Station. The off peak Travelcards are cheaper but you cannot travel before 9:30 a.m Monday to Friday
      Use the Travelcards instead of the Oyster on that day

      For the 2 for 1 web site click through on the banner link at the top right of the url below

      http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/london_travelcard_2for1.html

      • Tania

        Thanks so much. Your information is exactly what we needed to know. I did find a site for the 2 for 1 but noticed for most of the attractions we are interested in, the offer is only valid until 30 April 2015. Is that because it is early in the year now and it will update later, or is that when peak period begins and carries on until the end of the year? In which case it will not be available in Sept when we are there – ??

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

          Before April a new set of vouchers will be posted with a later expiry date.
          Some attractions will go, some new ones may appear.
          In the peak periods the London Eye is normally one such attraction that drops out at the very peak as they can fill that up without promotional activity at the peak months.

          Regards the Oyster you can use that on the Underground to Victoria, then the railways to East Croydon. If you need a bus or tram in east Croydon it will also cover that.

          • Tania

            Thanks for the info. It has certainly made the issue of transport a lot clearer. Much appreciated

          • Tania

            Hi again Bob
            Can you advise; for example, 1 days travel, off peak, individual journeys on that day will total approx 24pounds per person. Does that mean using the oystercard it will cap it at 12pounds, as that would be the cost if we purchased a zone 1 to 5, 1 day travelcard?

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

            For zones 1-5 an off-peak 1 Day Travelcard is 12 GBP, the Oyster Cap is 10.90 GBP

            For zones 1-2 an off-peak 1 Day Travelcard is 12 GBP, the Oyster Cap is 6.40 GBP

  • Vibeke Jørgensen

    Hi Bob, we have bought an advance ticket (Stansted express) from Stansted to London and back with departure 16/2. If we want to use 2for1 offer are we allowed to use this during all days or only at the 16/2..?
    Thank you in advance for your answer. Br Vibeke

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

      You can use it all days between outward and return leg
      If you have a physical ticket, not an e-ticket don’t go through the automatic ticket barrier at Liverpool Street Street as it will keep the outward leg of the ticket completed

      • Vibeke Jørgensen

        Hi, I do not understand completely what you mean with: keep the outward leg of the tickets completed.
        Does it mean that we need to get the ticket signed or stamped to show, that we did the travel..?
        Br Vibeke

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

          The standard return tickets issued you will get two tickets one for the outward leg, one for the return back to Stansted.

          When you arrive in London to exit the platform the standard way is to through an automatic ticket barrier where you insert your ticket and the barrier opens to allow you through.
          However after letting you through it retains the ticket, which you need to show at the attraction for 2 for 1

          Therefore don’t go through the automatic ticket barrier, go through a manned exit explaining why you need to retain your ticket

          • Vibeke Jørgensen

            Thank you

  • Daniel Stăncescu

    Hi Bob,

    I have a question for you. I don’t want to buy a travelcard, but I want to use the 2 for 1 promotion. 1. Which is the cheapest train ticket that I can buy to qualify for this offer? (I have to mention that I will be in ‘London Liverpool Street’ in my first day, so I want to buy the ticket(s) from here.)

    2. I stay in London for 4 days, so I think that a solution is to buy a return ticket to cover these days. Is it a good plan? [Return tickets are valid for 2 for 1 the entire period between the outward and return legs of your train ticket.]

    Thank you!

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

      On paper it sounds a good plan, where you travel to to get these return tickets will depend on where you are staying.
      Clapham Junction must be one of the shortest journeys to Victoria

      • Daniel Stăncescu

        Thanks!
        One little question:

        My trip is form 15.02 to 18.02. Is it ok if I go on 15.02 at London Liverpool Street and I buy a ticket, let’s say, from London Liverpool Street to Clapham Junction on 15.02 and one from Clapham Junction to London Liverpool Street for 18.02?

        I can do that? I can buy both tickets from London Liverpool Street? They will qualify for 2 for 1 (for the entire period between 15 and 18)? :)

  • AD

    does a single travel card qualify 2 for 1 promotion? or 2 travel cards are required?

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

      Each person needs their own ticket bought from the railways

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