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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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  • Natasha Derbyshire

    Hello Bob,
    Well I’m totally confused ha ha.
    We (3 Adults, 2 children aged 14 & 9 ) are starting at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford at a hotel close by and want to head in to London on the underground on Fri 3 April after 09.30 into zones 1 & 2 and we will be doing the same on Saturday 4th April too, Can you advise me best on what tickets we will need, how much they will be and where do I purchase them in advance. I also wondered about the 2 for 1 offer and would it apply to our tickets?.
    Sorry, lots of questions.
    I hope you can help.
    Many Thanks

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

      If any of the adults have credit or debit cards that support contactless payment using them as an Oyster Card is the cheapest option

      Otherwise get Oysters for adults

      The 9 year old travels free on the Underground and red buses without a ticket (bring age id in case challenged)

      For the 14 year old buy a zone 1-4 child 1 Day Travelcard each day – costs £6

      Oysters and Contactless Cards have a daily cap of £7.50 travelling in the centre from Stratford zones 1-3) plus with Oyster only you’ll have to pay a 3 GBP admin fee.
      Both these are not valid for 2 for 1

      If you want to qualify for 2 for 1 and have not come to London by train you’ll have to buy 1 day Travelcards zone 1-4, that cost £12 instead of the above AND YOU MUST buy them from a railway station nowhere else. At Stratford this means buying them from the Abello regional train station ticket office not the International train station or Underground Station

  • Sylvia Foster

    Hey Bob,
    Looking at purchasing a 241 Paper 7 day Travel Card (red stripe)nat St Pancras Stn. Does this card enable me to travel on the Bus Network also?

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


  • Chan Wing

    Hi Bob, it is very useful for checking the 2 for 1 promotion on your website. However, some of the terms I am still not understand.

    1. Is that if I and my friend buy single tickets (from National Rail) which means we can only use the 2 for 1 promotion on the same day?

    2. If we both buy return tickets (on the same date also) which means we can use the 2 for 1 promotion on any days?

    3. If we buy 1 day travelcard, can we use the 2 for 1 on any day or only the same day when we activate the travelcard?

    Thanks a lot.

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

      With railway tickets if you have a single ticket to a Central London rail terminus it is valid for 2 for 1 on the day of travel only.
      If you have a return ticket it is valid between the date of arrival and date of departure only

      A 1 day Travelcard is valid for 2 for 1 for the day of use only. Travelcards are not validated the date you want to use it is printed on the ticket itself on purchase.

      • Chan Wing

        Thanks for great help, Bob, I totally understand that now.

  • Hannah Strugnell

    Hi Bob,

    We’re staying near Gloucester Road next week. Am I right in thinking that we’d need to get singles to a mainline station – say Paddington – and buy our travel card from there? I take it that involves going out from the underground bit to get to the mainline ticket office? Many thanks

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

      Yes, that is correct – of you want 2 for 1

      If you are coming through London to get to your hotel you can buy 1 day Travelcards in advance you don’t have to buy on the day

      Also remember that the cheapest Travelcard is now £12, the daily cap using an Oyster is £6.40 but that is not valid for 2 for 1 so you have to make £6 in savings with 2 for 1 just to breakeven.with a Travelcard

  • Pat Tina

    Hello Bob,
    We are a group of friends (total 11, adults+children) and we are going to visit London in Easter. I have some doubts with the transport tickets( tube+bus): Can I have 2×1 offers with a Group Day Travelcard issued for example at Paddington station?

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

      I’m afraid not the railways do not sell the Group Travelcards

  • Mimi

    Hi Bob,
    Does the 2 for 1 work if I purchase some of the discounted combined attraction tickets for example Madame Tussauds + London eye + Dungeon? or do I need to purchase the tickets at the door? Thanks alot

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

      2 for 1 is purely for the standard adult tickets purchased from the ticket desk on the day and doesn’t include fast track tickets or other combo’s or offers

  • Alice Lam

    Hi Bob, I plan to get the 7 day Travelcards at Victoria Station which should be the station with a National Rail ticket office and closest to St James’ Park where we will be staying. Right, I still need to study more and find out what tickets to buy to get from Heathrow T3 to St James’ Park on the day of our arrival and to get us from St James Park to Heathrow T1 on the day of our departure.

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

      Just get the Underground to St James, changing train at Hammersmith where both trains leave from the same platform

      • Alice Lam

        To use the Underground to travel from Heathrow to St James, should I purchase an Oyster Card and get the refund of my deposit on the day I depart from Heathrow. A single ticket covering LHR -> St James will cost more than travelling with an Oyster card? But if the difference is very little, I will simply get single tickets to avoid the hassle of queuing to get the deposit refund on the day of departure.

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

          A single cash fare would be 6 GBP to St Jame’s on the Underground.
          By the time you add on the 3 GBP admin fee an Oyster would be more expensive

          If you have a credit or debit card that supports contactless payment, used that as an Oyster that would be cheapest and least hassle. Your card would be charged 3.10 or 5.10 GBP depending on day and time of travel

          • Alice Lam

            I looked and found that I have an AE card issued in Hong Kong with that wave logo. Never used this function locally though.

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