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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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  • TOcityres


    We (2 adults) arrive at Heathrow (t2) on Oct 20 and leave Oct 27 and would like to use the Underground for are airport trips. The hotel we are staying at is beside Vauxhall Station. We are planning on visiting Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace. We enjoy and have no issues walking. Do we need to use the underground? Most of are time will be spent in zones 1&2 sightseeing but we do plan to visit Windsor Castle and a football game at QPR. What would be are best ticket option and could it also be used for the 2 for 1 offer.
    Thanks for your help

  • Reto Hueber

    Hi Bob

    We (2 adults and 2 children) will arrive tomorrow (07.10.2015) 08:00 a.m. at London Gatwick. We would like to take the 2-4-1 offer. We first wanted to buy the tickets for the Gatwick-Express in the plane. We are not sure if those tickets are valid for the 2-4-1 offer? Do we better buy the ticktes for the Gatwick express at the airport? Are those valid?

    We stay in town for 5 days. Our Appartment is near Paddington station but the check in is at Bayswater station.

    We have planed to visit the London Eye, the Tower, several Museums and eventually Madame Tussauds and Sealife.
    We heard that the waiting time for the London Eye is long. Do you have a time/day you could recommend?

    We eventually want to make a Hop on Hop off-Tour. I guess we would not need other tickets for those days…?

    Is it correct that we can profit of the 2-4-1 offer on the day of arrival and departure with the Gatwick-Express tickets (then we would do the most expensive attractions on these days)? Would it be the best to buy an oyster-card for the rest of the days?
    What is your suggestion?

    Is it correct that if we buy travel-cards (1 day or 7 days) our children are free and need no transport ticket. But if we want to profit of the 2-4-1 offer we need to buy a railway ticket for the children?
    Is it correct that with the 2-4-1-offer we pay for 2 adults and the children are free?

    Thank you very much for your help!

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

      You are best advised to buy the Gatwick Express tickets on-line (link below) and collect the tickets from the machine at Gatwick on arrival
      There are promotional tickets including a 4 travel for the price of 2 fare

      A one-way ticket into London on the Gatwick Express qualifies you for 2 for 1 for the day of travel only, return tickets qualifies you for all the time between outward and return legs
      Make sure you print the 2 for 1 vouchers before you depart and make sure you don’t go through the automatic ticket barriers on arriving at Victoria as they retain your outward tickets which you need for 2 for 1

      Once in London children under 11 travel free on the red buses, Underground, DLR and overground networks without a ticket, but not on the trains where its under 5

      For 5 days just get an Oyster card each at Victoria Underground

      If your kids are between 11 and 15 ask for a “Young Persons Discount” to be applied to the Oyster Cards which gives half price fares and Oyster caps. You can only get this done at the Underground ticket office or visitor centre or railway station ticket office at Victoria

      Buying 1 day or 7 day Travelcards has no advantage over an Oyster for 5 days as you already qualify for 2 for 1 with the Gatwick Express tickets

      London Eye and Madame Tussauds are normally the attractions with the longest queues, so get there early/late – unfortunately 2 for 1 only covers walk-up admission not skip the line tickets

      • Reto Hueber

        Thanks a lot for your help!

        So we buy the group-return-ticket for the Gatwick-Express for £69.80 and we can profit for the 2 for 1-offer for the whole 5 days? That would be great! Is there no problem if the Gatwick-Express-ticket has no exact date for our flight back? Theoretically that would mean that we could profit the whole month of this great offer.

        Our children are 6 and 9. So we will get an Oyster-Card at the Victoria station for my wife and myself. With that we should be fine…

        Greetings from switzerland! And thanks a lot!!

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