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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

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

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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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  • Aparna M

    Hi Bob,

    i have 3 questions for London zoo entry.
    1.I used to travel central london
    everyday from east london using national rail season ticket.Can i use
    this season ticket for 2 for 1 offer.
    2.If i am qualified to use,should the accompanying person(2 for 1) should also have national rail ticket to attraction on the same day.
    3.If
    both the adults are qualified can my child (who is below 3 yrs) can go
    free with us?(usually its free for below 3yrs).I am not sure with 2 for 1
    offer.

    Please answer me.

    Aparna

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

      You need a current ticket to qualify you for 2 for 1 issued by the railways that would enable you to get to London on the day of admission.
      This applies to both people using the 2 for 1 voucher

      The 3 year old would be outside the 2 for 1 scheme so you just need to check with the attraction in question what the ticketing age-bands are for children.

  • Dina Welborn

    Hi Bob, When you say a photo is required to get a 7-day travelcard, can I just give them my passport? Can they take the picture from it? And also, do I also need to print out the 2 for 1 vouchers, or just show my travelcard?

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

      You need to produce your own passport size photo which is used to create a Rail ID card at railway station ticket offices.

      You need to have printed out the voucher by the time you reach the attraction.
      You hand in the voucher together with your money when purchasing tickets and should have the qualifying railways issued tickets available when requested by the ticket attendant

  • Stephen

    Hi Bob, lots of great advice here and I think I have got a bit of information overload! A few quick questions if I may:
    - We are a family of four, kids are 8 and 9, and will be staying in Kensington for a week. I understand that the kids travel for free, but to use the 2 for 1 I assume that they would need a valid rail ticket – is that correct or the fact that they have traveled with us on a weekly travel card suffice?
    - Secondly, where is the nearest station to buy a valid weekly card?
    - And finally, I think the cost of the weekly travel card is 32 pounds, if we decide to use Oyster, and not use the 2 for 1, do you know if there is a daily limit?
    Cheers Stephen.

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

      Regards the Kids, yes on the railways only kids under 5 travel free, its only on London’s red buses, Underground and DLR kids under 11 travel free without a ticket.
      2 for 1 is a railways promotion so everyone under the voucher needs a railway issued ticket which obviously the kids will not have if they are traveling free.

      Kensington is a large part of the west of London. If you’re staying in the Bayswater, Paddington, Lancaster Gate hotel districts then Paddington will be the closest station.
      If you are staying in South kensington, Gloucester Road, earls Court area then Victoria is.

      Cost of a 7 day zone 1-2 Travelcard is 31.40.
      Cost of a 1 day zone 1-2 Travelcard is 8.90/9.00 (off-peak/peak)
      If you buy the 7 day Travelcard from the railways you need a passport size photo, but no photo for 1 day Travelcards.

      Oyster has a daily cap in zones 1-2 of 7.00, or 8.40 if you travel before 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday
      Underground journeys are crudely 2.20 so if you do fewer than 4 journeys you won’t hit the cap.

      • Stephen

        Thanks Bob.

        Is the 7 day Travelcard for a child 31.40 as well?

        Appreciate the advice.

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

          7 day Travelcards for kids are half price from railways.

          From anywhere else 7 day Travelcards for kids are not really an option for children as they need an Oyster id card.

  • Muchor

    Hi,
    We (2 families 2+2, so eight people altogether, kids are 17,17,12 and 11) will be travelling to London end of September, we will be staying in Docklands area. We have thought to buy those Travelcards which are elligible for 2for1 promotions, so I understand we need to buy them from British Rail ticket office. Could you please help me locate the nearest railway station where one may buy appropriate Travelcards? As far I could find out, there is a railway station – Limehouse – which is not very far, but I cannot find out whether we may those appropriate Travelcards there?
    Thanks in advance for answering.

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

      On the railways only under 16′s are children, the 17 year olds are adults

      Limehouse Station is managed by C2C trains which suggests that Travelcards purchased there are valid for 2 for 1. There is a good chance that you will be traveling out of London to get to Limehouse, Fenchurch Street Station, the London terminus of trains through Limehouse also sell railway Travelcards

  • KC

    Hi Bob….I just wanted to let you know that I used the 2 for 1 travelcard last week and it worked perfectly. Your advice was invaluable and it was a huge savings. They also accepted my US size passport photo with no questions asked. Thanks again. KC

  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    The London Zoo is part of the railways 2 for 1 promotion.

    You really need to pay a visit to Canterbury railway station and find availability of Groupsave day return tickets to London and establish off-peak ticketing times departing Canterbury.
    Its a bit complicated in that the adults can buy a day return bundled with a Travelcard for travel within London.
    On the railways, children under 5 travel free
    In London on the underground children under 11 travel free
    The railways also do groupsave fares which complicates things further

    • steph

      Thanks for the info Bob.

  • Paul Notley-Rumbens

    Hi Bob, My family and I (2 adults, 2 kids) are traveling to UK from Australia in Sept, and will be visiting friends in Reading before moving on to stay in London for 6 days. Can we purchase a 7 day travelcard in Reading that qualifies for the 2 for 1 offers? Secondly, do all family members need to be present at the ticket office when purchasing the travelcards? We will have the appropriate photos available, of course.
    Thanks, Paul in Sydney

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

      Reading is well outside London so you cannot buy London ticketing like Oyster and Travelcards.
      You can buy a day return on the railways and there are Groupsave tickets too to get you into London and could be bundled with a Travelcard zone 1 on a day return ticket.

      A standard return ticket to London from Reading would qualify you for 2 for 1 between the outward and return leg

      If you wnat to get a 7 day Travelcard that qualifies for 2 for 1 you’ll have to get them at Waterloo or Paddington railway ticket offices the termini in London for the two railway lines from Reading

  • Pat Fleming

    Thanks Bob, will take your recommendation. Will group save day return be valid for the 2 for 1 vouchers?

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

      Yes, 2 for 1 is valid with groupsave, though make sure you don’t give up the outward tickets by going trough an automatic ticket barrier.
      As far as I can remember therre is no railways 2 for 1 voucher currently for Windsor Castle or Legoland?

  • Pat Fleming

    Hi Bob, My Family (2 adults, 15, 10 & 4 year olds) will be in london 13 to 16 August. Arrive Heathrow, staying in Ealing. Intend to visit Windsor on the 14, do legoland. The other days sight seeing & shopping in central london, zone 1& 2. can you recommed best travel scheme? Thanks, Pat in Tipperary

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

      For the London travel (assuming you are using the Underground for Heathrow transfers)
      For the adults get an Oyster Card each
      The 4 and 10 year olds travel free on London’s buses and Underground
      For the 15 year old buy a 1 day Travelcard for the zones you’ll travel through that day. If you are only making 1 journey buy a single child ticket

      For the trip to Windsor by rail from Ealing the cheapest option will be a Groupsave day return from Ealing to Windsor Central. There is a shuttle bus from outside Windsor Central (opposite the castle) to Legoland.
      On the railways only the 4 year old travels free

  • Ksenia

    Hi Bob,

    My parents were travelling from London Victoria to Eastbourne and back.
    They are absolutely can’t speak English and couldn’t explain to the station worker that
    they have to keep inbound and outbound tickets for 2 for 1 attraction.
    And of course the station worker took the inbound tickets from them and didn’t return.
    Will it still be all right if they will provide at London Zoo box office tickets (receipt) with travel
    information (where states return dates and destination) and return tickets?

    Thank you very much for your help in advance.

    Regards,
    Ksenia

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

      Afraid I can’t answer that
      The different attractions are all very different in the way they enforce conditions of the 2 for 1 promotion and at the end of the day they have final say.

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