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London 2 For 1 Attraction Discounts With Travelcards & Train Tickets In 2016

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 £12 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.

Or  a valid Travelcard issued by the railways, (not by the Underground, TFL or on-line)

– 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.

The Cheapest Way To Qualify In 2016 If You Are Not Using The Train Into London

To qualify for 2 for 1 you need a valid rail issued ticket that will get you to Central London and the attraction in question on the day of entry.
Remember the airport trains from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Southend Airports (but not Heathrow) are valid for the promotion.

If you do not have a rail ticket then the cheapest 1 Day Travelcards issued by the railways that will qualify you for 2 for 1 is a zone 1-4  Travelcard.
In 2016 the cost of a 1 day adult Travelcard zone 1-4 is £12.10 (you can no longer buy 1 day Travelcards zone 1-2)
Assuming you are staying in Central London (zones 1 and 2) the maximum you can spend on an Oyster is £6.50 – so you are paying a £5.60 premium per person for using a 1 day Travelcard instead of an Oyster Card so you need to factor this into whether the promotion is worthwhile.
If you are in London a few days then a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 is available and at £32.40 is actually cheaper than an Oyster for more than 5 days travel in zones 1-2 and about the same for 5 days.
The railways do require a passport size photo in order to purchase a 7 day Travelcard.

Perhaps the cheapest option for many is to buy a very short railway ticket purely to qualify for 2 for 1.
For example a one-way adult rail ticket between Vauxhall Station and Waterloo is £2.90 in 2016.
Remember a one-way train ticket only qualifies you for 2 for 1 on the day of travel.

If you are using 2 for 1 in a Central London attraction you really need a railway ticket to a London terminus railway station like Waterloo. Attractions differ on the level of scrutiny they apply to vetting railway tickets, but to make sure you should have a ticket to a London terminus – the attraction itself has final say whether they accept your ticket.
If you actually use the rail ticket make sure you don’t use an automatic ticket barrier at your destination to exit the platform as the barrier will retain your ticket, go through a manned barrier.

For the visitor its very confusing identifying which stations ouside the London terminus stations are run by the railways and issue tickets valid for 2 for 1.
The simplest option is to look up the station on the National Rail web site.
For each station at the top of the page it will state who is managing that particular station.
(Opening hours of the ticket office will also be stated)
If it is managed by the Underground, Overground or TFL Rail then tickets issued will not qualify 2 for 1, a railway company then you are OK, (except Heathrow Express).
National Rail Station Search Facility

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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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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  • Wilma Tully

    Hi Bob,
    My husband and I and our adult son are arriving at London City Airport on Sat. April 1st and staying near Leyton. We will be departing on the Eurostar on the following Saturday. We plan to travel in to central London nearly every day and will visit several attractions. It seems like a 7-day Travelcard (zones1,2,3) each, would be the best option. Is this so and where would be the best railway station for us to buy these?
    Many Thanks

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

      For 8 days without taking into consideration 2 for 1 the cheapest option is just to buy an Oyster Card at City Airport DLR Stationand load a 7 day zone 1-3 Travelcard onto it for 7 of the 8 days as well as cash for the 8th day and any travel outside zones 1-3

      How to qualify for 2 for 1 is the awkward bit.
      As there are 3 of you then the 3rd person won’t use 2 for 1 so just use the Oyster/Travelcard solution in the above paragraph.

      There are no railway run stations in Leyton anymore
      To qualify for 2 for 1 I would suggest you buy a Vauxhall to Waterloo train ticket the day before you want 2 for 1, cost £2.90 each for the following day
      You’ll need to buy from one of the Central London railway ticket offices, Waterloo itself is a good bet, presumable the Jubilee Line from Stratford that passes through Waterloo is one of the main options to get into London each day.

      You don’t use the rail ticket just have them ready at the admission desk if the ticket attendant asks for the train qualification tickets
      Obviously its not worthwhile unless your 2 for 1 savings in a day are more than £6

  • Monica Hammerton

    Hi, my family of 4 arrive in London Gatwick on July 16. We need to go from Gatwick to Canterbury and then a few days later Canterbury to Southampton. 4 days later Southampton to Edinburgh. What is the least expensive rail option? Should we do a arbitrarily pass or are there cheaper options. Kids are 17 and 13.

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

      Normally the cheapest option is to buy advance purchase tickets in advance, the best promotional tickets become available about 3 months befire travel.
      Britrail style passes are not normally a competitive solution financially if you have a fixed itinerary known in advanced like yours

      UK’s railways are notoriously complex and there are wide variations in the fares you pay. If you don’t spend some time on this you will paying a lot more than you need to.

      This guide linked below is as good as any as a step by step framework to etting a good deal
      http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-train-tickets

      Note your 17 year old is an adult in the UK

      I suspect your evenuial solution will have Groupsave and Family railcards in the mix
      The Family railcard web site is at:
      http://www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/

      Southampton to Edinburgh it may well be cheaper to fly from London Gatwick with easyJet or British Airways or Flybe from Southampton airport
      There are direct trains from Southampton to both Southampton and Gatwick (not Sundays) airports as well as coach/bus alternatives

      • Monica Hammerton

        I agree about the complicated system. I’ve been trying to sort it all out for some time now. Aside from the above trips, we will be back from the mainland and in London for 6 nights Aug 9-15. I’m trying to find the most economical way to get around the city. I’m not sure if that should be the Oyster or railcard. Why on earth must this be so confusing??? We will be staying in the Whitechapel area which I believe is zone 2. Also yes we have priced out flying from London to Edinburgh and it is cheaper for certain however we were considering the train just for the scenery. I hadn’t thought to look for flights right from Southampton though. Thanks for any more advice you can provide. Sure glad I stumbled onto this site.

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

          The complication is purely because of 2 for 1.
          Without 2 for 1 its very straight forward for London public transport – just buy an Oyster each and if you are traveling through the same zones for more than 5 days load a 7 day Travelcard onto the Oyster for those days.
          For kids 11-15 skip the Travelcard just buy the Oyster and get a Young Persons discount loaded onto the Oyster for half price fares/caps.

          Your problem is how to qualify for 2 for 1 which is a railways promotion to encourage the British to take the train for days out rather than a car.
          The problem with London is that the railways share of public transport is restricted to a few suburban commuter services so the vast majority of tickets purchased are not sold by the railways.
          The work arounds for London are the national train services into London from the rest of the UK and the airport trains including Gatwick Airport.
          The railways own stations in London also sell Travelcards purely because the few commuter services they run in London fold into the overall London public system.
          As the railways have a separate ticketing system to the main London ticketing system for everything else there is a loophole that Travelcards bought from the railways meet the 2 for 1 criteria.of a railways issued ticket that gets you to the attraction

          I suspect your best solution for the 6 days in Central London and also qualify for 2 for 1 is:

          a) Qualify by buying return rail tickets from Gatwick to London (you’ll probably travel via London anyway to get to Canterbury (I’m assuming you are flying out of Gatwick as well).
          Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern Trains between Gatwick and London qualify you for 2 for 1 and return tickets qualify you for 2 for 1 the entire period between the 2 airport journeys.

          Use the solution in paragraph 1 for your London public transport.
          It sounds like you’ll need a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 loaded for the adults.

          b) On arrival in London by rail buy a 7 day Travelcards zones 1-2 from a RAILWAY ticket office.
          The key differences with option (a) is that the railways need a passport size photo to sell you their 7 day Travelcards and if you want the odd journey outside zone 1-2 like to Harry Potter or Hampton Court you have to buy separate extention tickets unlike the Oyster/Travelcard soition where the Oyster will kick in for travel outside zones 1-2
          This solution is probably the front runner if you don’t get return railway tickets from Gatwick

          • Monica Hammerton

            So out of curiosity, I looked into Red Spotted Hanky and punched in my trips I would be doing but looking at the 12 wks from now mark since you and others mentioned that 12 wks prior is the best costs generally. My total came to 810 Pounds. Is this a cost you would expect? Because I can get a Britrail for less.

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

            I’m not familiar with the exact fares on the rail network between each possible pair but it is highly unusual that a BritRail Pass works out cheaper.

            – Have you added a Family & Friends Railcard as a parameter in your fare search, this would radically reduce the amount, depending on how flexible you are with travel times.

            – There will not be much in the way of discounting beyond Groupsave and off-peak travel for the Canterbury, Southampton and Gatwick to London. Discounts to Edinburgh should be very good

            – The best fares don’t start exactly 12 weeks before travel, 12 weeks is when the timetables are confirmed and when railway companies can offer with assurance the service runs. Some railway companies take longer than others to introduce promotional fares than others.
            If you are just taking a date 12 weeks forward from today, that may bring totally different results to when your travel dates become “live”

            – It might well be the case that buying seprate tickets Southampton to London and London to Edinburgh is cheaper than buying a through ticket.
            Similarly Canterbury to Southampton.

            – As an example Canterbury to Southampton look at rail fares Canterbury to Waterloo East then Waterloo to Southampton
            If you use the Megatrain/Megabus web-site the Waterloo to Southampton off-peak fares will normally be far cheaper than fares on the Spotted hanky web-site, although MehaTrain is web only and I think only sells tickets a couple of months before travel
            Megatrain?megabus is at: https://uk.megabus.com/megatrain.aspx

            – If cost is everything then coach is a cheaper option. e.g. London to Edinburgh on Megabus is typically 10-20 GBP but takes 9 hours or so.

            – The other main coach operator is National Express Canterbury to Southampton with a change of coach at London Victoria is probably going to be cheaper than the train by far, (unless you go for the Megatrain option above)
            Like the others it might well be cheaper to buy separate Canterbury to London and London to Southampton tickets than one ticket Canterbury to Southampton as both individual routes are heavily discounted normally advance on-line but often no discount for a through ticket using the same services..
            The National Express journey planner is at:
            http://www.londontoolkit.com/affs/london_nx_city.html

  • Mark Cunningham

    Hi Bob. My family and I ( 2 adults and 2 kids ( 9 & 6) are travelling to London on Wed Mar 16th and departing Mon 21st March. Arriving and departing out of Gatwick but basing ourselves in East Croydon. We would be travelling up to Victoria each day to do sightseeing. What is best option re train/underground tickets to buy to avail of the 241 offers. Really appreciate the help. Thanks

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

      Most straightforward deal would be to buy 7 Day zone 1-5 Travelcards from East Croydon Railway Station ticket office.
      You have to buy them from the railways or they don’t qualify for 2 for 1.
      Bought from anywhere else in London they come loaded on Oyster cards which don’t qualify

      The railways require a railways id card for 7 day Travelcards so you will need to bring along a passport size photo each

      An adult 7 Day Travelcard zone 1-5 is £55.20, the kids half that

      The complicated bit is your kids.
      Most London public transport kids under 11 travel free without a ticket, the sole exception is the railways including the trains to Victoria where only kids under 5 go free without tickets

      Its a fluid area and at the moment your work arounds are:

      a) Don’t use the trains, but use the Overground at West Croydon which is a much slower way of getting into London

      b) Buy an Oyster zip 5-10 photocard on-line – cost £10 which gives your kids free travel on the trains into Victoria as well as the Underground, Overground, buses etc
      If you are from overseas its a bit of a hassle getting these
      See:
      https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/travel-for-under-18s/zip-oyster-photocards

      c) Buy a Friends & Family Railcard cost £30 – this gives 1/3 off for adults and 60% off for kids on most rail fares. This includes 1 day zone 1-6 Travelcards and your rail fares Gatwick to/from East Croydon

      A 1 day zone 1-6 off-peak Travelcard is £11.80 so with your 1/3rd discount this is cheaper than the 7 Day Travelcard plus you get the discount on your East Croydon-Gatwick fares

      Big difference is that 7 Day Travelcards allow you to travel any time, off-peak Travelcards you cannot travel before 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday.
      Children aged 5-15 can buy an Off-Peak Zones 1-9 Day Travelcard for £2.30 if the adult travelling with them has a valid:Friends and family Railcard

      Full details of the Friends and Family railcard at:
      http://www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk

      Options (a) and (b) the kids don’t qualify for 2 for 1 as they have no ticket, option (c) everybody qualifies as long as they buy the Travelcards at a railway station.

      1 Day Travelcards don’t need the photos that the 7 day Travelcards require as well

  • CristinaF

    Hi Bob. My family and I will be visiting London at the end of March, 2 adults and 2 kids(aged 8 months and 3 years). We will be arriving at Stansted Airport and stay in Colindale with relatives for 5 days, they will pick us up from the airport.Our relatives there have Oyster cards and we can use those for transport. What is the best and resonable way to take advantage of the 2-4-1 promotions? We want to visit multiple attractions so one day will not be enough. Also, will the kids have free entrance or will I need a ticket for them too? Thanks!

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

      To qualify for 2 for 1 you need a railway issued ticket that covers transport to Central London on the day of entry to the attraction.

      The cheapest Travelcard sold by the railways nowadays is £12 so the cheapest option would be a train ticket to one of the London terminal stations issued by the railways.
      Unfortunately the number of railway stations run by the railways in the northern suburbs of London are diminishing as the TFL take over many of the suburban railway stations formerly run by the railways

      A 1 way adult ticket from West Hampstead Thameslink Station to St Pancras is £3.30 and would qualify you for the day of travel.
      You would need a ticket each though.

  • Jim Gilbert

    Bob, this site is so helpful. Thanks!. My family is arriving on a Sunday and leaving on a Sunday. Not locked in on a place to stay but think we will be in the Earl’s court area. We want to several of the items covered with the 241 promotion so we will do a 7 day Travelcard from the National Rail as you suggested. Should I get an Oyster card to cover cost of getting to and from Heathrow as I think I need to get the 7 day card at a train station you listed?

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

      When you say your family – can you outline the ages of those concerned?

      • Jim Gilbert

        My wife and I have 3 kids 18, 16,15.

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

          As I guess you have already worked out there is no simple option if you want to qualify for 2 for 1.

          You basically have 4 adults and 1 child from the ages.
          On that basis the child is not going to partake in 2 for 1 so at Heathrow buy an Oyster Card and load a Young Persons Discount onto it to get half price fares and caps for your stay for the 15 year old.

          To qualify for 2 for 1 the tedious part for you is where to buy the 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 from to qualify for 2 for 1
          Nearest train station to Earls Court is Victoria

          There are many pernutations you could go through and perhaps save a penny here, a pound there but the simplest solution would be to buy 4 adult Oyster Cards at Heathrow Underground and use that to take the Underground to Earls Court, check-in dump your luggage and then take the tube to Victoria and buy your 7 day Travelcards zone 1-2 from the train station ticket offices with your passport photos.

          Whether you start the 7 day Travelcards that same day or start them the day after will depend on what your travel is like on the 1st and last day.
          Heathrow is in zone 6 and if you have 7 day Travelcards zone 1-2 you can pay extention fares if you travel outside zones 1-2

  • Suzy

    Hi Bob. We’re taking my daughter to the London eye for her birthday. I was going to book single tickets for 6th Feb from vauxhall to Waterloo online and collect from Wolverhampton train station a few days earlier. Would this work for me? We also have 2 kids so if I purchase 2 child tickets for the same short journey, can I use this for the 2 for 1 offer on kids tickets at the Eye? Thanks in advance for your advice !

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

      As long as the tickets are issued by the railways at a ticket machine in a railway station then they qualify for 2 for 1

      To clarify 2 for 1 – the deal is for walk-up tickets where one person pays full adult admission, the other goes in free irrespective of age.
      So its not you pay 1 child admission the other child goes in free
      If there are 4 of you, effectively you will need 2 x 2 for 1 vouchers and you would pay 2 adult admissions

      You could also qualify for 2 for 1 by getting a Groupsave return ticket to London optionally with a furher discount of 33% with a Family & Friends Railcard

  • Anna-Liisa Pärnalaas

    Hi!
    We are travelling with Stansted Express to London this weekend, there are 6 people in our group. Are WebDuo or Group Offers bought online from Stansted Express homepage also eligible for 2FOR1 offers?
    Thank you in advance :)

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

      Yes – any ticket purchased from Stansted Express is valid promotional or standard
      One-way tickets are only valid for 2 for 1 on the day of travel, return tickets qualify you all the time you are in London
      If you get a real phsical ticket rather than a mobile ticket make sure you don’t go through the automatic ticket barriers at Liverpool Street as they retain your outward ticket which you need to show for 2 for 1

      For 6 people you will need to pre-print 3 voucherd for each attraction

      • Anna-Liisa Pärnalaas

        And the that one group ticket is enough to get 2for1 for 6 people? :)

      • Anna-Liisa Pärnalaas

        Great, thank you so much! 😉

  • Mark Spencer

    Hi Bob,
    I’m travelling down with my wife and 13yr old daughter, by coach in March and stopping in the Monument area for 1 or 2 nights (about to book)
    From what I’ve read my best option is buy my daughter a visitors oyster card and get the young person discount put on it, but then do I need to buy 2 travel cards for each day (one for my wife and myself) or do I get 1 travel card (for each day) and a adult visitors oyster card.
    Many Thanks

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

      Your daughter will not be using 2 for 1 so for her just buy an Oyster card and get the Young Persons Discount loaded onto it at either Victoria Railway Station ticket office or find a member of staff at Victoria Underground Station.
      If you buy a Visitors Oyster Card you pay a £3 non refundable fee, if you buy a standard Oyster Card in London you pay a refundable £5 deposit – otherwise they are identical.
      Cancel the Oyster at the end in a ticket machine and get any balance left on the card refunded plus the deposit if applicable.

      Assuming you are only travelling in the centre of London a 1 day Travelcard zone 1-4 is £5.60 a day more than using an Oyster Card for transport so you will have to factor this into your 2 for 1 savings
      To qualify for 2 for 1 you will need to buy the Travelcards at Victoria RAILWAY station ticket office

      • Mark Spencer

        thanks for the prompt response, so I only need 1 travel card per day for myself , my wife can just use an oyster card and wont need one to show proof for the 2:1?

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

          You need a railway issued ticket for every person taking advantage of the 2 for 1 promotion
          As the rules are for every 2 for 1 voucher its one person pays full adult walk-up admission one other gets in free irrespective of age I assume your child isn’t going to bother with 2 for 1

          • Mark Spencer

            Thanks Bob, no – not worth using 2:1 for daughter as no benefit from it.

  • Yvonne

    Hi Bob,

    I am in London now and staying at Tower Bridge – I understand I’d need a ticket issued at a railway station in order to benefit from the 2-4-1 entry.

    However, can I get a single ticket for Vauxhall to Waterloo at Liverpool railway station?

    Also, can i confirm that I will only need ONE railway ticket to cover two entries per attraction?

    Thanks!

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

      You need one railway ticket for every person taking advantage of 2 for 1, not one to cover the whole party.
      Fenchurch Street is a railway statiion with a manned ticket office at Tower Bridge behind Tower Hill Underground Station

  • Greg

    Hello Bob and thanks for all the information!

    I have a very simple question for you. Is 2x Single tickets from Kings Cross Train Station to Waterloo Train Station, eligible for 2for1 on the same day?

    We will actually make that journey and I’m thinking that for 2,5 pounds extra each (instead of using Oyster), we can use the 2for1 entry.

    Thank you very much again!

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

      There is no train between Kings Cross and Waterloo – just the Underground
      You could normally buy a train ticket from St Pancras (next door to Kings Cross) to Waterloo East changing at London Bridge but because of the rebuilding of London Bridge Station at the moment I don’t think thats possible at this moment

      • Greg

        Thanks for your fast reply!

        Can’t use the Underground with a “train” ticket? There is availability for this journey on nationalrail.co.uk for 4.90..

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

          Correct me if I’m wrong but the journeys displayed are Underground journeys and you cannot buy tickets from a railway company

          • Greg

            I don’t know how it works and if you can buy that kind of ticket from Railway. I’m not from UK and I will arrive in London on Saturday :)

            I will try it and if it’s not possible I will do the Vauxhall-Waterloo tip you suggested.

  • Helen Au

    Thanks for the article!
    I am thinking to go for the cheapest option: train between Vauxhall Station and Waterloo Station. I wonder if the ticket purchased online, through the national rail Journey Planner, which leads me to all kinds of agent, e.g. crosscountry.co.uk or thameslinkrailway.com, would be eligible for the 2-4-1 offer? Many thanks!

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

      If you select the option to pick-up the ticket from a ticket machine in a named railway station by definition it will be issued by the railways

  • John

    Hi! Thank you for your article.
    My girlfriend & I will be arriving in London by train from Stansted Airport, but we would like to visit the London Eye on the next day. Is there any possibility we could use our train ticket from Stansted to get the 2 for 1 discount? How we could do that?
    Thank you very much in advance!

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

      Stansted Express return tickets qualify you for 2 for 1 if you buy from the railways/Stansted Express
      One -way tickets qualify you 2 for 1 only on day of travel, return tickets qualify you all the time you are in London
      This applies to standard tickets as well as promotional discounted tickets bought off the Stansted Express web-site
      If you get a standard “physical” ticket – (not an e-ticket on your mobile) don’t put your outward ticket in the automatic ticket barrier to exit the platform at Liverpool Street as it retains the ticket which you need for 2 for 1

      • Iva

        Hi Bob, and thanks for all the helpful info we find in your answers !
        I have purchased two standart class return stansted express tickets (will be arriving in London on march 3). i got the tickets via e-mail, and they do have the National Rail Logo on them. Can i use them to get the 2 for 1 disccounts, for the days i will be in London ?! Thank you again :)

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

          As long as the tickets are issued or exchanged for tickets issued by the railways.
          If you did not buy the tickets from a railway source you really need to contact whoever you bought them from to clarify this aspect

          • Iva

            I bought them online, via stansted express official website !

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

            If you bought them from the Stansted Express then they are valid for 2 for 1

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