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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.

Zone 1-2 Peak Travelcards To Be Withdrwan in 2015

Fares in London are revised annually. New prices and any changes in ticketing types or rules are implemented on January 2nd  for that calendar year.

On January 2nd 2015, 1 Day zone 1-2 peak Travelcards  are to being withdrawn, the cheapest Travelcards will still be zone 1-6 off-peak Travelcards or zone 1-4 peak Travelcards.

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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  • shirley

    Are there any railway stations in Heathrow airport or Colindale Station where I can purchase a 7 day travel card that will work for the 2 for 1 offers?

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

      I guess the short answer is no.
      Presumably to get to Colindale from Heathrow by public transport you’ll be passing through Kings Cross / St Pancras or Euston Station where you can get railway issued Travelcards

      • shirley

        Hmm so what would be the easiest way to purchase these cards? without going too far out of the way.

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

          It sounds like the cheapest option will be to buy an Oyster card or use a contactless credit/debit card at Heathrow on arrival.
          To get to Collindale from Heathrow presumably you’ll get the Underground to Kings Cross then change for the Northern Line to Collindale.
          You can interupt your journey at Kings Cross and buy 1 day Travelcards at the railway station ticket desk in advance for the following day.
          An Oyster or contactless credit/debit card is cheaper than a Travelcard on transport only.
          If you can get get all your 2 for 1 use done on one day that would be best.

          Collindale is in zone 4, Heathrow is in zone 6 so going on the 2nd day you only need a zone 1-4 Travelcard, on the day you go back to the airport you’d need a zone 1-6 Travelcard

  • Sara Smith

    Hi Bob. Iam visiting London with my Portuguese friend Jan 17th 2014, i would like to take her to as many sights as possible as cheap as possible. I believe if we buy a Travelcard that allows us to do it 2 for 1. Can you please tell me if you get the 2 for 1 offer on Anytime and Off peak Travelcards? Also do you need to print another voucher for each attraction to accompany the Travelcard? Thank you

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

      You can qualify for 2 for 1 with any Travelcard BUT it must be bought from a railway station ticket office, not Underground, DLR, Overground etc – a railways ticket office.

      The other aspect you should be aware of is that on January 2nd all the prices change and is when they also do changes to tickets and their rules.
      It looks like they are withdrwawing zone 1-2 peak Travelcards on Jan 2nd.
      It also looks as if they’re increasing other Travelcards by a healthy above inflation amount, and in some cases reducing the price of Oyster daily caps making the price differential even more pronounced.
      Clearly they want people to use Oysters and contactless credit cards – but they don’t qualify for 2 for 1

      I havn’t seen the detailed price list for 2015 but the 2 for 1 promotion should still be a very good deal.

      You need to have a voucher for each attraction with a valid expiry date on, so print them before you travel

  • Leah Fox

    Hello. We are a family of four arriving at Luton Airport, January 1, 2015. If we buy a Travelcard at the ticket office in the Airport – are they eligible for the 2 in 1 offer? Thanks

    (I understand that I will need to buy a separate ticket for travel into London as well.)

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

      Travelcards don’t extend out to Luton which some way outside London.
      If you buy return train tickets from Luton to London they will be valid for 2 for 1 or you can get the cheaper airport bus into London and buy your Travelcards in London at a mainline train station to qualify for 2 for 1

      On January 2nd all the fares go up and the zone 1-2 peak Travelcard is being withdrawn, a zone 1-4 Travelcard is still available andan off-peak one is still available for zones 1-6

  • Bianca Wischhöfer

    Hello Bob, we will visit London and I would like to buy a 7 day travelcard in advance online. Can we use this travelcard for 2 for 1?

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

      I’m afraid not.

      • Bianca Wischhöfer

        But when I buy the travelcard in London at railway ticket office I can use it for 2 for 1. Is that right?

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

          Yes but make sure you buy at a railway ticket office, not an Underground, DLR or any other outlet.

  • chiara ricchiuto

    I’m so confused :( Can I use a weekly travelcard with the 2×1-offer?

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

      You can use a 7 day Travelcard for 2 for 1 only if you buy it from a national railways ticket office in London.
      Anywhere else including on-line it is not valid.
      Railway ticket offices in Central London are at the main mainline stations Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, St Pancras, Kings Cross, Liverpool St, Fenchurch St, London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Victoria.
      Unlike anywhere else the railways also require a rail id card which requires a passport size photo.

      • chiara ricchiuto

        Hi Bob! Thank you very much. But Someone says to me that the paper-travelcard does not exist anymore.

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

          That is not true.
          Paper cards are issued by the railways for 7 day Travelcards and all 1 day Travelcards are card.

  • Gianna Tsarouxh

    OK thank you where i can send email to contact with them?

  • Gianna Tsarouxh

    hello
    i print today a voucher valid until 31 october 2015 for sea life aquarium but on the printed papes says that is valid until 31 october 2014 ?what happen ?can you check it and help me?

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

      I am sorry I cannot help you – it looks like a technical problem on the promotion web-site, so you’d need to contact them.

      There is also the possibility that the London Aquarium is not supporting the promotion from tomorrow, you could contact them for that.

      There are a small number of vouchers available pre-printed at railway stations

  • nicky

    Hi! I am an adult planning to go to london zoo with two children, can I use the 2 for 1? I will be paying the full price ticket for london zoo and one child goes free?
    Also, I am not sure which railway tickets I can use but I will purchase a travelcard zones 1-4 from norbiton station is this valid? Thanks

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

      If you buy Travelcards from Norbiton Station ticket office its run by South West Trains so Travelcards should have rail logo on which qualifies 2 for 1

      If you download the 2 for 1 Voucher for the London Zoo from the web site and present that with your travelcarsd at the admission desk at London Zoo, one person pays full adult entrance, the other goes in free irrespective of age.

      Norbiton Station is in zone 5 by the way.

  • Maria

    Hi Bob,
    Can you avail of the 2for1 vouchers if one person has an annual oyster ticket with a gold card and the other person is using PAYG oyster. Do both people have to have an annual ticket?
    Thanks,
    Maria

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

      Oysters are not valid to qualify for 2 for 1 full stop as they are not railways travel products.
      2 for 1 is a railways promotion and you need to buy tickets from the railways to qualify either a train ticket into London or a Travelcard from a railways ticket office.

      • Maria

        Thanks Bob. The National Rail website says you can use a Gold Card which you get with an annual oyster travel card. Unfortunately they are not responding to my query.
        Thanks,
        Maria

  • Nicole Peters

    Hello Bob,

    My BF and i will be visiting London for 4 days in Nov, we will be coming by bus and arriving in London Victoria, we will be staying at North Gower Street, Camden, we would like to visit London zoo, the London Dungeon & the tower of London aswell as go to Covent gardens, am i right in thinking we would need to get our travelcards from the railway station at Victoria for zones 1& 2, and that these cards aswell as a 2 for 1 voucher would be what we would need to have at the attraction gates to take advantage of the 2for1 deal? Also would we need to buy a 1 day travelcard every day that we are visiting or do they do 3 or 4 day cards? and would we need a photo for these?

    Also is this 2 for 1 deal just valid for attractions or does this include eating out too? if so where can find a list of places please.

    Thank you :)

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

      If you take out 2 for 1 from the equation the cheapest transport option is going to be an Oyster card for 4 days
      On days you need to get 2 for 1 I would suggest you walk up to Eustom Station close to North Gower Street and buy a 1 day off-peak Travelcard zone 1-2 from the railways ticket office and use that instead of the Oyster that day so you qualify for 2 for 1

      With off-peak Travelcards you cannot use them Monday to Friday before 9:30 a.m.

  • 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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