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London 2 For 1 Attraction Discounts With Travelcards & Train Tickets In 2014

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 £9 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.

- <strong>Or</strong> a valid Travelcard issued by the railways, (<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>not by the Underground, TFL or on-line</span>)

- 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.

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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  • Al

    Hi Bob, we are going to stay for 12 days in london and would like to use the 2+1 offers. what is the best & cheapest way to do so? we thought about buying a 7 day travelcard for start – but than i find out that they might not be eligible for the offers, is that so? buying a daily travelcard will add up to a 120 GBP per person – doesnt worth it. waiting for your help. THANKS!

  • CaroArgentina

    Hi Bob, I’m travelling to London in October with my husband and my one year old baby boy. Would you think this 2 x 1 discount is suitable for us? or should we try with a London Pass? We’ll be staying near Victoria Dock Station. Thank you very much for your advice!

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

      There is no universal best solution for everybody.

      I would suggest a good strategy is to write down exactly what you “must” sea and a realstic pace at which you like to travel.
      Only then see if any promotion fits in with your needs rather than the other round.
      You will have spent a lot of money to place yourself in London for a few days. Relatively small financial savings within the context of your total budget are a false economy if they swerve you away from your ideal trip.

      In very crude terms for getting around get an Oyster Card each for your public transport needs around London. Only consider 7 day Travelcards if you are in town 5 or more full days.

      If you want a visit to somewhere that is on the 2 for 1 promotion then its worthwhile taking advantage. If you are not travelling to London by train then buy a 1 day Travelcard zone 1-2 from a railway station the day before and use that instead of Oyster that day to qualify for 2 for 1

      The London Pass is worth checking out, but don’t set your hopes very high. Financially it really only works if you can knock off many attractions in each day, with a young child I suspect this is unlikely.
      Some people prefer the comvenience and the fast track feature to some attractions even though it might actually cost them more than independently buying each ticket

  • Rebecca

    Hi Bob, me and some friends are hoping to use this offer when we go to London in a couple of weeks. However we have planned to go to the zoo on the day we come home so will not have a ticket there but rather a ticket for the journey home, (this is because cheapest way we could get the tickets was to buy two singles) Would the offer still work with a single ticket home?

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

      At the end of the day its up to the person at the ticket desk on the day who have final say and attractions are not consistent with the interpretation of rules for 2 for 1.

      I would say you have a very good chance of them being accepted, but I would not go as far as saying it is your right to have them accepted.
      The key thing is to retain both outward and return single train tickets and not go through the automatic ticket barriers like nearly everyone else will be doing on arrival in London. If you do the ticket barrier will retain your single ticket which you will need for 2 for 1.

  • Lydia

    Hi Bob, me and my boyfriend are going to stay at Chertsey in a couple of weeks and we are going to london zoo for the day, would the 2for1 deal work if we got the train from chertsey into waterloo? Is that a valid train ticket?

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

      Yes a day return from Chertsey works

      With a bit of anorak’s hat on you could go by train to Camden Road in Camden Town about 15 minutes walk away and maybe drop in on Camden Market on the way.
      You would have to change trains at Virginia water and Richmond but an off-peak day return will be 11-13 GBP depending on day you travel which may save you a bit of money over the train to Waterloo then London bus/underground.

      Shouldn’t be that big a difference in travel time either.

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