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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

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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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  • alby

    Hi Bob, my daughter is 15 years old so we are going to buy the Children’s travel card, but my son is 9 and it’s free. If we want to access to the offer 2×1 do we all have to have the Travel Card including my son?

  • Emma Doughty

    Hi Bob, the information you have provided has been really helpful. Me and my mum are visiting London for the day on September 1st and we are wanting to visit the Tower of London. However, on the days out guide website it currently says that between the 11th July and 31st August the 2for1 is unavailable, do you know how and when we are supposed to download the voucher for the Tuesday?
    Thanks, Emma

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

      I’m afraid I can’t help you
      Some attractions do have black out dates as there is no point from their perspective in giving discounts if they can sell out at full price
      I can only suggest you try the ticket offices of one of the larger stations but its a long long shot or try Tuesday morning first thing to print from the 2 for 1 web site

  • Richard Oostveen

    Hi Bob,
    My wife and I want to go to Wembley with our son. Is it possible to have the 2for1 for two adults and just pay the child price for our son?
    tnx,
    Richard

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

      Yes, with the 2 for 1 voucher and quaifing rail issed travel ticket

  • Shannon Moberg

    Hi Bob,
    I just wanted to double check that the Marylebone station does issue the appropriate travelcard for the 2 for 1 offer. We will be staying at the Landmark and this would be the most convenient station. Where in the station is the railway ticket office?
    Thanks,
    Shannon

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

      Yes Marylebone is fine.
      You can’t miss the ticket office in Marylebone Railway Station, just make sure you are in the railway station not the Underground Station

      • Shannon Moberg

        Thanks so much!

  • ambel

    Hi Bob,

    This website is brilliant – kudos to you for all the hard work you put into it. My family (3 adults, one child age 12) are visiting London in September for 8 days. We will be staying in Dalston. We are going to St Pauls, Tower, Westminster Abbey, the Zoo, possibly Hampton Palace. I think a 7-day Travelcard Zone 1-2 works best for us in terms of getting the 2 for 1. What I’m not clear on is whether I can download and print the vouchers in advance of our trip, e.g. the day before we leave, as we won’t have ready access to a printer. Do I have to commit to a specific date when I download the voucher (e.g. we intend to visit the Tower on Sept 4) or do I have flexibility because of the 7 day Travelcard? Thanks in advance.

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

      I would strongly advise you print the vouchers out before you depart from home as it’s unlikely you;ll find all the vouchers you require pre-printed at the stations.
      You can use the 2 for 1 vouchers at any time the 7 day Travelcards are valid for travel to the attraction, so a zone 1-2 Travelcard is not valid for 2 for 1 at Hampton Court in zone 6

      The nearest railway stations to Dalston you can get 7 day Travelcards valid for 2 for 1 are KIngs Cross, St Pancras and Liverpool Street or an alternative gateway mainline railway sttaion in Central London.

      For the 8th day and for your 12 year old not using 2 for 1 get an Oyster Card. For the 12 year old get the “Young Persons Discount” loaded onto the Oyster at an Underground Station ticket office in zone 1 .
      You can get a child 7 day Travelcard at the railway sttaion which will be slightly cheaper that an Oyster for 7 days but like the adults they’ll need a passport size photo not required for the Oyster

      Hampton Court is in zone 6 so to qualify for 2 for 1 ask for an extention fare at Waterloo Railway Station ticket office. Your 12 year old can use the Oyster.

      • ambel

        Wonderful, thank you. Just to be clear, can we use the 2 for 1 for the 12 year old in that we pay for two adult admissions to gain entry for the four of us

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

          Sorry, for some reason I had you down for a party of 3

          Yes, fine for 2 for 1 – the only thing to remember is taht 2 for 1 is one person pays full adult admission the other goes in free irrespective of age

  • Jaawid Nazeer

    Hi Bob, the information on your website is so helpful, but was a bit overwhelming for me. My wife and I are planning to visit London this Sept (25th) for 10 nights. I have made the following list of attractions that we would like to cover:

    Harrods, Oxford Street /Bond Street, Trafalgar Square / Covent Graden / Picadally Circus, O2 Arena, Tower Bridge/HMS Belfast, London Eye & The London Dungeon / Big Ben, Brewer Street Market – Soho, Thorpe Park – Amusement Park, Buckingham Palace, Westfield London, Borough Market (lunch), Hyde Park, Brick Lane Market / Old Spitalfields Market, London Zoo, Tate Modern – Art Gallery, Canary Wharf, Lion King – Lyceum Theatre, Ice Bar London, Fabric, Lord’s Cricket Grounds, Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Escape Rooms – London Bridge, Leceister Square / Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Thames River Cruise, and Warner Bros Studio Tour – Harry Potter.

    During our visit to London, we will be staying at my friend’s place near the Waterloo underground station. I would highly appreciate and be thankful if you could help me out. Is it better (in terms of cost) for us to get an Oyster card or a 7 day travel card? I noticed that some of the attractions we want to see are part of the 2 for 1 offer. Does that mean a 7 day travel card is better for us? If so, is zones 1-2 enough or should we get zone 1-3? Please advise best course of action. Thanks a lot !

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

      In terms of lowest cost best to get a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 from Water RAILWAY station ticket office – you will need a passport size photo each for 7 of the 10/11 days and do all your 2 for 1 entries during that wek.

      Also buy an Oyster Card for use on the remaining days and also do the trips out of zones 1-2 on those days, The only places on your list I can see outside zones 1-2 are Warner Bros, Harry Potter, Thorpe Park and possible the O2

  • Victoria Kraushar-Plantholt

    Hi Bob, I am planning on purchasing the 7 day zones 1-2 travel card for the 2-for-1 deals. I have read that the 7 day travel card will be issued on an oyster card and therefore not eligible for the 2-for-1 vouchers. Is this correct or can I request a paper travel card instead of the oyster?

    Thank you for your help!

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

      You can buy 7 day Travelcards from the national railways station ticket offices in London that come on a card with the rail logo and qualify for 2 for 1.
      You will also need a passport size photo each
      National Railways Stations include Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, St Pancras, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Victoria Stations

      Bought from anywhere else 7 Day Travelcards come loaded on an Oyster Card and do not qualify for 2 for 1 and do not require a passport size photo.

      Note most of the railway stations listed also have Underground Stations within them, you have to buy from the railway ticket office.

  • Nicole

    Hi Bob, this information is so helpful, thank you. I’m interested in using the 2-4-1 over 2 consecutive days and since won’t use trains much, thinking of getting the cheapest valid option, like Vauxhall to Waterloo. Three questions though: 1. can I buy this journey at ANY overground station (e.g. Victoria) or do I need to buy from Waterloo/Vauxhall stations only? 2. Can I buy the tickets a couple of days in advance or can you only buy for travel same day? 3. Would you suggest an even cheaper option would be to buy a return covering the 2-day period and still be eligible for the 2-4-1? Thank you!

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

      You can buy rail tickets starting from another station if you want, this includes the railway ticket machines in the stations.

      A standard period anytime return covers (i.e. not a day return) is valid for 2 for 1 between your outward and return journey

      For Anytime Return tickets, the outward journey must be
      made within 5 days of purchase and up until 04:29 after the last day of validity;
      the return portion must be used within one calendar month and up until
      04:29 after the last day of validity.

      The key thing is to buy from the railways, the term you used “Overground” is the name of a separate network to the railways, more part of the Underground in terms of ticketing than the railways

      Vauxhall, Victoria and Waterloo all have both Underground and Rail ticket offices and machines

  • David Persoff

    Thank you for your help through the labyrinth.

  • David Persoff

    Hi Bob We are an american couple taking Heathrow Express to paddington.We will be in London 9 days & will remain in Zone 1 &2. Can we get a 2 for1 7day travel card ? And add 2 1 day travel cards?
    Thank you

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

      You can buy a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 at the railway station ticket office at Paddington Railway Station that will qualify you for 2 for 1, yes

      For travel on the 2 day extra days or any travel outside zone 1-2 an Oyster Card would be cheaper assuming you don’t want 2 for 1 those days

      You will need a passport size photo each for the railways 7 day Travelcard

  • Violetta Stenger

    Hi Bob…is the Family Travel card (off-peak) good for the 2-4-1 offer or just the Anytime Day Travel card? There is huge different between the prices so I’m not sure. Thank you

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

      I’m not sure what you are referring to as there are no family tickets on London’s public transport

      • Violetta Stenger

        I went to this website http://www.thetrainline.com/ to checking the train times and the prices from Oxted to London Victoria . And is gave me 6 option (3 travel cards and 3 ticket)
        Travel cards:
        1, Family Travel Card = 26.80 Pounds
        2, Off Peak Day Travel card = 38.75 Pounds
        3, Anytime Day Travel card = 65.50 Pounds

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

          It’s the first time I’ve ever come across the Family Travel card product. As its peculiar to a handful of train companies operating in the London area it seems to fullfil the needs of 2 for 1

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