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London 2 For 1 Attraction Discounts With Travelcards & Train Tickets In 2015

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.

Zone 1-2 Travelcards Withdrawn in 2015

On January 2nd 2015, the cheapest Travelcards qualifying for 2 for 1, the 1 Day zone 1-2 and zone 1-3  Travelcards were  withdrawn, the cheapest Travelcard in 2015 will be the zone 1-4 peak 1 day Travelcard valid for travel before 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and the zone 1-6 off-peak Travelcards – both are the same price (£12.00) in 2015.

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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  • Christine Compton

    Hi Bob
    Your other responses have been really useful but please confirm my plan makes sense. My niece is flying into Heathrow next Monday and I am travelling by train from Lancaster. We are staying in Wimbledon. So we can take advantage of the 2for1 offers on Tuesday and Wednesday (when I realise my rail ticket will not be valid) before returning to our homes on the Thursday I’m planning for both of us to get £20 Oyster cards plus for both of us to get a single ticket from Wimbledon on the Tuesday and Wednesday (but not go through the automatic barrier :-)) Can you confirm that this is the most cost effective way to travel and also that we can get overground rail tickets from Wimbledon station? Many thanks, Christine

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

      According to National rail Wimbledon has a railways ticket office, so any ticket bought from the railways, not the Underground would be valid

      Bit mixed up with what you are trying to do exactly, Oyster cards do not qualify for 2 for 1
      Wimbledon is in zone 3
      If you have return tickets bought from the railways to London from Lancaster then they will qualify you for 2 for 1, though keep the outward ticket on arriving at London. You could then use an Oyster to get the lowest fares
      Otherwise get an off-peak Travelcard zones 1-4 from the railways to qualify for 2 for 1, although its slightly more expensive than an Oyster

  • Gregor Trplan

    Hi Bob,

    we’re a group of 7, 4 adults, 3 children. We are planning to take 1-2 zone 7 days travelcards. We’ re planning to visit Madame Tussauds, London Bridge etc…Are all the attractions listed available for 2 for 1 discount? If not how do we know which ones? We would appreciate some advice on the matter becouse it’s difficult to decide. Thank You and Best Regards, Gregor Trplan

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

      The current list of attractions on the 2 for 1 promotion are on the official web site linked below where you also print the vouchers from


  • Antrien Schiller

    Thanks a lot Bob for the quick reply and good advice! We will follow your recommendation, it was a big help. Kind regards Antrien

  • Masood Hasan

    Hi Bob,
    we are a family of 5; 2 adults and 13/8/5. We have already booked our heathrow express round trip with duosaver deal for our airport transportation. We are in London for 4 days with one entirely spent in Paris, and the other spent on an all day bus trip to suburbs. For the remaining 2 days we will most likely visit Eye, Tower, Tussaud’s, and other day we will do the museums and parks. I am thinking it makes sense to purchase the 7 day 1-2 zone child travel card for $16 and for the adults buy the oyster for one day and the 1 day travel card for the other to get the 2-1 deal? does that work? thoughts?

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

      You’ll have to crunch the numbers but key points are:

      – Children under 11 travel free on London’s buses and Underground without tickets. But you need to buy then child tickets if you want them to use 2 for 1

      – For 2 days getting a 7 Day Travelcard is not a great move, just buy 2 x 1 day child Travelcards zones 1-4 i@ 6 GBP, the adult versions are 12 GBP. To qualify for 2 for 1 you must buy them from a natioanal railway station ticket office like Paddington or St Pancras, not anywhere else including the Underground Stations at these railway stations

      – Most 2 for 1 deals are one person pays full adult walk-up admission the other goes in free irrespective of age, its not one child pays child entrance the other goes in free

      – Using a 1 day Travelcard zone 1-2 is about 6 GBP per day more expensive than using a Travelcard, but the Oysters do not qualify for 2 for 1

      – On the days to Paris and day tours you may still need an Oyster Card to get around London that day if only to return to your hotel at the end of the day.

      – Forgetting 2 for 1, buying 3 Oyster Cards at Paddington Underground Station with one loaded with a “Young Persons Discount” is going to be the cheapest way by afr to get around London for transport only.

  • Antrien Schiller

    Hi Bob it would be great if you could help me, because we are somehow confused… We are a German family of 3 adults (2 parents + 20-year old students daughter) and two children, 14 and 15 years old. We will arrive at Heathrow this Friday and are planning to take the underground to Swiss Cottage station. We are going to leave by rental car from London City Marble Arch on Saturday August 8th, so we have 7 complete days for visiting London.which will most probably mean taking the tube several times every day, won’t it? I thought about buying an oyster card and load the 7-day travelcard onto it, for each of the five of us directly at Heathrow airport (bringing ID photos for the two kids in order to get the reduced fares, for the adults as well?). But this will not work for the 2-for-1 option, right? I am not sure whether we will want to use the option at all, but it’s good to have the possibility of course, and we were told that e.g. the Harry Potter tour is very nice for children. Would you kindly give us your advice what kind of ticket would be the most appropriate one for us? Thanks a lot in advance, kind regards Antrien

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

      Forgetting about 2 for 1 for the moment, for transport only your ideal requirement is 5 Oyster Cards purchased at Heathrow Underground Station.
      For the 3 adults, also load a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 onto each Oyster
      For the 2 kids ask for a “Young Persons Discount” to be loaded onto their Oyster cards, but no 7 day Travelcards – this gives half price Oyster fares and caps for the kids

      You do not need any photo’s or anything for the above but you may be asked for your 14/15 year old’s passports to verify they are under 16

      If you want 2 for 1 it’s less straight forward and requires you to know which/how many 2 for 1 visits you want to make – plus you really need to print out the vouchers before you leave as they may well not be available in the stations.

      Remember 2 for 1 for most attractions is 1 person pays full adult walk-up admission, the other gets in free irrespecive of age.

      If all of your 2 for 1’s can be done in oneday then probably easiest just to buy a 1 day Travelcard from a railway station ticket office like Paddington, Marylebone or Charing Cross the day before to qualify and use the Travelcard instead of the Oyster that day. Remember an Oyster for transport only in the centre of London (zones 1 and 2) is about 6 GBP more expensive than a 1 day Travelcard

      If you require 2 for 1 over many days then probably best to buy 7 Day Travelcards zone 1-2 from a railway station in London on your first day for use on the subsequent 7 days, just get the Oysters at Heathrow for the first day without 7 Day Travelcards, though the 5th person who cannot enjoy 2 for 1 can use Oysters all the time

      At railway stations you will need to have passport size photos for 7 day Travelcards.
      This could be a bit awkward if you plan on travelling outside zone 1-2 as railway Travelcards cannot be used in conjunction with Oyster cards, unlike the 7 day Travelcards purchased at Underground Stations.

      Don’t forget to hand back your Oysters at the end of the trip to get your 5 GBP deposit back and any balances left on the card up to 10 GBP per card.

  • Stacie Turner

    Hi Bob
    I live in London and would like to take advantage of this 2 for 1 offer by buying a rail ticket as it’s likely to save me more money anyway as we are 1 adult and 2 children. Do you have any suggestions for the cheapest train fares on national rail that would suit my requirements?

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

      A single railway ticket Vauxhall to Waterloo perhaps will qualify for the day of travel

      Note most 2 for 1 offers are one person pays full adult admission, one person goes in free irrespective of age.

  • Lorraine

    Hi Bob, travelling to London Thursday as a family with two kids, would like to use 241 offers in travelcard, but not sure if I would end up with qualifying cards! Staying in Harrow using either Kenton or Northwick Park stations, can I purchase ‘railways’ tickets from these stations so we can use??
    If not may be cheaper to get visitor Oyster cards instead.
    Thanks in advance

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

      There are no railway stations in the immediate vicinity of Harrow that will sell Travelcarsds valid for 2 for 1
      The standard Oyster Card is a better product than the Visitors Oyster Card
      Children under 11 travel free with out a ticket on the Underground and buses but not the trains
      Children 11-15 have to jump through a few hurdles for child fares

      So the devil is in the detail of your kids ages and where/how you arrive in London for the best deal that is not too much hassle to obtain

      • Lorraine

        Kids all under 10, 4 adults 5 kids.
        No luck with 241 on travelcard a then? Travelling to Harrow by car then public transport during stay.
        Is there any difference between standard oyster and visitor??

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

          If you are coming into London by car and staying in Harrow there is no reason why you cannot stop at a railway station and buy Travelcards on your way in. Northolt Park Railway Station is not that far from Harrow and is a railway station, though the ticket office is only open until 1 p.m. Monday to Friday

          You can buy Travelcards 1 day or 7 day here that qualify for 2 for 1

          Kids under 11 travel free on the Underground and Buses without a ticket but not the railways where its under 5
          However if you wanted your kids to qualify for 2 for 1 you’d have to buy a ticket from the railways even though the kids can travel free on the Underground
          Also note that its one person pays standard adult admission, one person goes in free irrespective of age, its onot one child pay child admission another goes in free

          1 Day Travelcards are more expensive than using Oysters for fares
          If you are travelling more than 5 days in any 7 days then a 7 Day Travelcard is cheaper normally. However buying 7 day Travelcards requires a passport size photo, both adults and children unless you have railways id cards

          A Visitors Oyster Card is slightly more expensive than a standard Oyster Card and is less flexible in other aspects – the only advantage to it is if you value having it in your possession before leaving home and are prepared to pay for the priviledge over a standard Oyster

          For fares only its sounds like a standard Oyster for the adults and the kids travelling free with no 2 for 1 might be your best bet.
          Worth taking age id for 9/10 year olds in case challenged by staff over age.

          As the kids don’t have tickets you have to go through the manned ticket barriers at barriers

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