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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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  • Wim

    Hello Bob,

    My wife and myself will be travelling with 2 kids (13 and 14 years old) to London. My wife and I have oyster cards and I am planning to buy 7 day travelcards for the kids.
    Do we need a passport size picture of the kids?
    Does the kids travelcard apply for the 2 for 1 promotions?
    We would have 2 kids travelcards so if we can use these, this means we would just need to pay for 2 adult ticket for the 4 of us.

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

      A couple of facets of the 2 for 1 offer that you may or may not have understood …

      The promotion is run by the railways and Oyster Cards do not qualify for 2 for 1 as they are not a railway product.
      The railways sell Travelcards but they do not load them on Oysters, they sell their own card Travelcards with a rail logo on.

      If you buy 7 day Travelcards from the railways you need a passport size photo for both kids and adults (unless you already have a railways id card), but not for 1 day Travelcards.
      From anywhere else but the railways adults can buy 7 day Travelcards without id but they then get loaded onto Oysters and don’t qualify for 2 for 1
      Kids cannot buy 7 day Travelcards (except at railway station ticket offices) unless they have Oyster 11-15 ID cards which to cut a long story short are not viable for short term viistors.

      If all of you bought 7 day Travelcards from the railways at a Central London railway ticket office you would qualify for 2 for 1 with 2 x 2 for 1 vouchers and 2 adult admissions.

      If you are visiting London by rail with return tickets then that will qualify you for 2 for 1 assuming you buy the tickets from the railways or if you use the Gatwick, Stansted or Luton airport trains (but not Heathrow) for the duration of your stay.

  • julia

    Hello,we are travelling to London 7/11/14 for Rememberance Sunday which I shall be attending as a veteran.we would like to go to Tower of London on. 8th,I am registered blind so thought about concessions or 2 for 1 with our train tickets,I have also been invited to Parlament which would the best travel card to buy for myself and guide for this weekend please

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

      I’m assuming you have a Disabled Persons Railcard,
      In which case the cheapest option will be to get an Oyster card and get the Railcard discount.
      Read the page below as it looks like your helper will be able to get an off-peak Travelcard for the child price (£3.60)

      http://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/buy-a-railcard/what-discounts-do-i-get#PAYG

      As long as you have return train tickets for London you qualify for 2 for 1 for the Tower of London during your stay with the 2 for 1 voucher.

      • julia

        Hi,thank you for info,I have registered with 2for 1 to get into Tower of London but it’s only until 31/10/14 do I have to wait until my dates are available 8/11/14? My train tickets are booked for that weekend

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

          Yes, new vouchers will be made available, assuming the Tower of London carries on supporting the promotion (which it has done for several years now)

  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    Cheapest option is to buy an Oyster Card each at Euston on arrival at the Underground.
    This covers the Underground, buses and the train service from Waterloo, Vauxhall or Clapham Junction to Feltham that stops at Twickenham along the way.
    (Note not all Feltham trains from Waterloo stop at Vauxhall)

    Hand back the Oyster at the end of your trip to get the £5 deposit back and balance or keep for your next visit to London.

  • Anna

    Hi Bob can I use this offer 2 for 1 with children. I will have my rail tkt but kids travel for free and will not have a rail tkt! ?

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

      The 2 for 1 promotion is sponsored by the national railways who don’t support the free travel for kids under 11 that is peculiar to London.
      You therefore need rail issued tickets for the kids for 2 for 1 even though they could travel free on London buses and Underground.

      Its also worth underlining the 2 for 1 promotion is 1 person pays adult entrance the other goes in free irrespective of age.

  • karen

    Our family of 5 arrive in London on Sunday 29 Dec for a week. We will be near Victoria station. Our children are 16, 14 and 11. What is our best option with the travel card and the 2 for 1 offer. I understand my hubby and I should buy seven days cards frm victoria station with passport size photos. But will they be issued on the spot. Can we buy children 7 day passes without the children being with us. Also do these qualify for 2 for 1.

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

      If you go to the railway station ticket office on Victoria Station main concourse (not the Underground Station or Visitor Centre) you can buy 7 day Travelcards zone 1-2 for all your family.
      All will require the passport size photo’s to buy 7 day Travelcards from the railways.
      Your 16 year old is classified as an adult in the UK.

      The 2 for 1 scheme is with one voucher 2 people can gain admission for the price of 1 adult irrespective of their age.
      i.e. 2 kids using the scheme on one voucher, one pays adult admission the other goes in free, not one pays child admission the other goes in free

      If you buy from anywhere else like the Underground Station at Victoria you do not need photo id but the Travelcards won’t qualify for 2 for 1.
      Although children cannot buy 7 day Travelcardd without an Oyster ID Card validating age (this doesn’t apply to Travelcards purchased from the railways) you can buy 7 x 1 day child Travelcards without id.
      For visitors these id cards are not that realistic as you have to pay £10 each for them and apply on-line and they take 6-8 weeks to process.

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