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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…


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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  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    It depends on where you are going to visit.
    Neither London Pass or 2 for 1 will cover all the places you probably have on your list and some people buy the London Pass purely for the convenience and fast track option on some attractions.
    You might well find out if you sat down and worked it all out the London Pass it doesn’t save you any money and you are in effect paying a small premium for the convenience.

    Assuming you are using the Underground from Heathrow you could just get an Oyster card which on fares alone would probably be cheapest.
    On days you want 2 for 1 you could buy a 1 day Travelcard zone 1-2 from a railway station ticket office the day before and use that instead of the Oyster hat day.

    For London Pass v 2 for 1 v just buying tickets you really need to just write down where you want to go and working out which combination is cheapest or most convenient for you.

  • Amit

    Hi bob. We are a group of 6 adults and 2 children ( age 9 and 12 years). Travelling for a period of 8 days in mid august. I am confused with regards to what should we buy for kids to avail 2 for 1 offer. Also my second question is that we are planning on buying a 7 day travel card from paddington station along with valid photo I’d. To print out the vouchers we need to fill details about date of inbound and travelling station etc, if these do not match the day of our visit to these attractions listed for 2 for 1 offer would there be a problem

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

      I’m not sure what the benefit would be for the kids with 2 for 1.
      For each voucher one person pays adult admission another goes in free irrespective of age. Kids are normally half price anyway.

      Unless you are going to spend 3 or more days using 2 for 1 I would simply buy an Oyster Card with a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 loaded on to it for each adult from the Underground Station.
      For the adults for the days you want 2 for 1 just buy a 1 day Travelcard zone 1-2 from a railway station the day before and use that instead of the Oyster card that day.

      Your 9 year old travels free without tickets on London’s buses, underground, overground and DLR

      For your 12 year od it might be worth getting a child 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 from Paddington railway station with the photo or simply buy 1 day child Travelcards each day without the photo id required

  • Lynn

    I am visiting london for 4 nites in October, travelling with a 17 (student)year old and a 7 year old very confused as to what we should buy, we fly to luton and are staying at kingscross so we need return journeys for that then best poss tickets for during our stay, everything is so confusing! Help much appreciated

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

      From Luton to Kings Cross/St Pancras just buy return tickets on the train for 2 adults and one child from Luton to St Pancras from the railway kiosk in arrivals. This includes the shuttle bus from outside the terminal to Luton Parkway Station.
      This will qualify you for the 2 for 1 promotion if you want to use that.

      At Kings Cross Underground station for yourself and your 17 year old buy 2 adult Oyster Cards
      Your 7 year old travels free on London’s buses, underground, DLR amd overground networks.

      • Lynn

        Thank you so much for helping
        If we are buying Oyster cards would it make any difference if we buy on line before we go and would that be visitor Oyster cards? My 17 year old will be a student by then.
        Also the 2 for 1 offer do I need to print vouchers in advance then just show theses and the luton train tics when we go to attractions?

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

          The Oyster Card bought in London is a better product and cheaper than the Visitor Oyster Card
          Unless your 17 year old is studying in London and has an Oyster Student ID card, just treat him/her as an adult

          For the vouchers I would recommend printing them at home in advance and checking there are no blackout dates for the attractions you want to visit.

  • Kryzta

    Hi there, we are coming from Gatwick Airport to Central London in August and plan on buying the First Capital Connect Off-peak Day Travelcard which will bring us from the airport to Central London and also include all underground journeys for the day. I believe this is also valid for the 2 for 1 offers, right? My question though, is there a Return FCC Travelcard to cover us for our four day stay and allow us to use the Travelcard for the 2 for 1 offers for other days we want to visit the participating attractions? Any advice on alternatives if there’s no Return option? Thank you!

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

      As I understand it you cannot get Travelcards bundled with the train ticket except for day return tickets.
      Sounds like your best bet is to get a period return ticket at Gatwick to wherever you want to get to in London, this will qualify you for 2 for 1 during your stay.
      At the train station in London for 4 days it will be cheapest to buy an Oyster Card each for London travel

  • Laura Higson

    Hi Bob, I heard that you can’t actually get a 7-day travelcard as such, but that it’s loaded onto an Oyster card? First off, is that right? And secondly, do we still get the 2 in 1 offers, even if it’s on an oyster card? Thank you :)

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

      If you buy from anywhere else but a railway station ticket office (not underground, DLR, overground etc) it comes loaded on an Oyster Card that is not valid for 2 for 1 , which is a railways promotion.

      If you buy from a railway ticket office in London the 7 day Travelcard comes as a card ticket that has the railway logo on it which qualifies you for 2 for 1.
      The downside of buying from the railways is that they require a passport size photo to issue their id card, buying from anywhere else you don’t. 1 day Travelcards do not need photo’s from the railways.

      The main railway ticket offices in Central London are in the stations of Paddington, Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria

  • Tracy

    Hi Bob,

    My 3 friends and I are visiting London from August 14th to August 20th, we’ll be there a total of 6 days. We stumbled upon this 2 for 1 promotion and it can greatly affect our savings! We are landing at Heathrow and will take the Tube to Central London. Once there, we are going to purchase 7 day travelcards, but if I read right, it needs to be purchased at a RAILWAY ticket station and NOT an Undergroud ticket station so it is valid for 2 for 1? Will I need a photo ID? How does that procedure work in terms of loading the photo on the travelcard? Is the travelcard, if bought at a railway station, still valid for Undergroud, bus, etc? Thank you in advance Bob!

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

      The 2 for 1 promotion is sponsored by the railways and to take advantage of it you need to buy a ticket from the national railways.
      Nearly all ticketing for London’s public transport is managed by TFL, so any Travelcards or Oysters bought on-line, at Underground/DLR, Overground stations are not valid.
      The railways operate commuter lines in London that are covered by Travelcards and Oysters so a work around is to buy your Travelcard from a railway station and qualify for 2 for1 this way.
      Railway Stations in Central London incude Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria.
      Most of these will have a railway as well as an Underground ticket office, to qualify you need to buy Travelcards from the railway ticket office at ground level.

      With the railways any ticket lasting 7 days or longer requires a railways id card.
      So to get a 7 day Travelcard you need to go to the counter with a passport size photo and ask for a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2.
      They will take your photo and create a railways id card on the spot free of charge. With the id card you can then purchase the 7 day Travelcard which is separate to the id card.

      To be honest i think you might be best just buying an Oyster Card at Heathrow Underground Station each. On days that you want to use 2 for 1 buy a 1 day zone 1-2 Travelcard from a railway station the day before and use that instead of the Oyster that day.
      This means you get the cheapest fare too to/from Heathrow and for the 3rd person they could get a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 loaded onto their Oyster at Heathrow giving them the cheapest deal.

  • Jodie

    Hi Bob. We are staying near Hamstead Heath overground. Can I get a 1 day Travelcard from here to be eligible for the 2 for 1? Many thanks

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

      Tickets from Overground stations are TFL tickets so are not valid for the 2 for 1

  • Tracey

    Hi Bob. We are travelling from Cardiff to London and have purchased our train tickets through redspottedhanky booking site. It was cheaper to buy 2 advanced singles – am I correct in my understanding that we can use 2-4-1 offer if we present both our outward and return single tickets at venue? And does the use of a third party booking site effect the validity of the rail tickets? Thanks

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

      As long as the tickets purchased have the rail logo on you can use for the 2 for 1 promotion.
      Makw sure you go through the manned exit barriers at Paddington as you will need to retain the outward tickets
      You will also need the 2 for 1 voucher printed from the promotion web site for the attraction visiting

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