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My husband and I will be staying in London from Feb 11-16. I was researching last night and saw these 2 for 1 vouchers on
Apparently, they will work if you have a Travelcard.
My first question is: What is a Travelcard? Is that like a "all you can go" bus/metro pass?

If answer to 1st question is Yes, then this website:
states that 3 days Zone 1-6 (I don't know what the zones are?) travelcard only costs £ 47.40. If we buy 2 travelcards (total £ 94.80), then assume that we use 2 for 1 vouchers in following attractions during the 3 days (or could be more):

Tower of London ----- £17
Madame Tussauds --£28.80
London Eye -----------£18
Hampton Crt Palace-£15.95
St Pauls Cathedral--£14.50

We can save on admission for over £94? and still get to ride metro/bus? That sounds like a "too good to be true" deal to me!??
Someone please tell me if I am dreaming! Thanks!

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    If St Paul's is on the 2for1 deals, that's great because that's not consistently so. The Tower and the Cabinet War Rooms (which are interesting and historically important, unlike Madame Tussaud's on both counts) are always on when I've checked.

    I'm amazed Madame Tussaud's charges close to $50 for admission. Talk about a waste of money.

    Some preliminaries: (a) there is no "metro" in London, the subsurface local train system is the Underground or, colloquially, the Tube; (b) unless you're staying near the airport or way out in the sticks, there is no need for you to buy a Zone 1-6 card. You should be in Central London unless you really fouled up your choice of hotel/hostel/lodging, therefore you only need a Zone 1-2. And you cannot buy a 3-day travelcard - one or seven, that's it. Check the real source:

    Now, let's do this more simply. Here is how to procure and use the card:

    (1) Before you go to London you print out EACH AND EVERY VOUCHER YOU CONCEIVABLY MAY WANT TO USE; there is no limit.

    (2) When you get to London, you go to the nearest NATIONAL RAIL station (Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, King's Cross, St. Pancras, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Victoria, etc.) and go to a manned ticket booth on the same level as the various shops that are ever-present at National Rail stations: Eat, M&S Simply Food, Boots, etc.

    (3) At the ticket booth, purchase a 7-day Travelcard for each of you (total 58.40) for Zone 1-2. The ticket will be a flimsy plastic-coated piece of paper that is the size of a credit card. You use this at all bus and Tube rides.

    (4) Present travelcards and appropriate vouchers at attraction of choice.

    For Hampton Ct Palace, your best bet is to travel by direct train from Waterloo station, not by London Transport - that requires a Tube ride and a bus trip and takes far longer.

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    1. You probably won't need a card for zones 1-6. Most visitors only need zones 1-2, with the occasional supplementary ticket if they need to go to another zone.

    2. You don't need to buy it from a commercial supplier such as the site you quote, and you don't need to get it in advance. To get the benefit of the 2 for 1 offers, you do need to get one supplied by one of the national rail companies (rather than Transport for London, who run the buses and underground - they are not part of the 2 for 1 promotion). You'll need to work out the nearest national rail station to where you're staying or where you arrive in central London.

    3. Yes, travelcards cover all buses, underground and suburban trains within the selected zones, no matter whether they're issued by TfL or a national rail company.

    4. 3-day travelcards no longer exist. You can get one-day or 7-day travelcards. Over 5 days, it probably pays you to get a 7-day travelcard anyway, depending on what use you're likely to make of public transport.

    You can see the full range of fare rates and travelcard costs at

    (Oyster is TfL's electronic payment card, which it uses to store travelcard values or pay-as-you-go cash, but won't work for the 2for 1 offers).

    5. Don't forget there are many major museums and galleries that are free (though donations are always welcome): you don't need to tie yourself down to the attractions you pay for.

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    3. Yes, travelcards cover all buses, underground and suburban trains within the selected zones

    You can use any Travelcard for bus travel throughout London not just the selected zones which only apply to Tube & train

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    I know you don't have tons of time before your trip (have a great one!), but here's a website you may want to look at-- which is Transport for London's site. You may just get confused if you try to figure out pricings on there, BUT it shows planned future Tube and other transport problems and also up to date unplanned ones/emergencies, which is good to know so check it while in London if you have access to internet there.

    Also I'd urge you to get a tad familiar with maps of London now, including the Tube map. If you haven't since your first post noticed, the area covered by London transport systems (what we call a subway/they call the Tube/Underground, overground trains, bus, DLR, boats, cycles) is divided up into zones and prices are accorded based on those. The vast majority of stuff you will want to see is most likely in Zones 1-2 (not Hampton Court, of course).

    You don't say how you are getting to rooms from which airport? If that happens to involve riding the Tube from Heathrow, you will have to purchase a ticket for that ride at Heathrow. You CANNOT buy the PAPER 7-day-travelcard at Heathrow.

    And if you've figured this one out, forgive me--You will have to find a NATIONAL RAIL station/manned ticket booth to purchase the Travelcard. Many stations (like Victoria, Charing Cross, Paddington) serve both the NationalRail lines and the Tube lines. Be sure to find the ticket office in the RAIL portion of the station. (This is what BigRuss explains in step 2 of his post.) It really is easier than all this might make it sound!

    (Based on how much there is to see in London, and based on what others have said, and based on my 4 trips there, I'd give the wax works a pass. There are tons of things free or cheaper to see--don't get sucked in by saving half. It's still a lot--and takes time. Westminster Abbey wouldn't cost much more--and there's the free British Museum, British Library, and all those art museums. And the free Imperial War Museum. Just my opinion.)

    (Oh, and as you plan your days, know that London is extremely spread out and it takes much longer than you think to get from place to place. It is walkable, and the Tube is easy to master and works well, but it still takes time between sites so don't pack your days too full. Group "must-sees" by general neighborhood. Mind the gap and keep calm and carry on!)

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