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London Bus Tour 2 For 1 National Rail Deals

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This post provides details about the 2 for 1 London bus tour tickets, sponsored by National Rail.

We cover how to take advantage of the deal, which bus tours participate, and how much you could save.


There are a lot of interesting bus tours in London, and some of them are actually included in the 2 for 1 deal from National Rail. 

This discount program allows travelers who are using the National Rail for transportation to get two tickets for the price of one.

Considering that most bus tours cost at least £20 - £40 per person, the 2 for 1 deal can actually save you quite a bit of money.

In the case of the Big Bus tour, you’d save over £36 off the price of two tickets!

In order to take advantage of this deal, you’ll need to get a specific type of train ticket, and you must purchase them from an official National Rail station. 

The train tickets you get also need to be used to travel to the departure point of your London bus tour.

There are other rules you must follow, and you can learn more about how to get this discount by reading our post covering the 2 for 1 deal in London.

You can also check the discounts section of our London Bus Tours post for even more opportunities to save money on this type of activity.

We also have a post covering Hop-on Hop-off bus tour discounts.

If you are looking for comparable deals, we recommend looking into London tourist passes, as you can typically save 50% off or more using these services. 

Discount sites such as Groupon can also save you anywhere from 20% - 40% off on average.

Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour

This service is offered by one of the biggest names in the industry, and it is a very highly rated open top bus tour. 

Big Bus allows you to hop off at any stop to spend some time looking around the area.

When you’re done exploring one notable location, you can hop back on and continue the tour!

Although they offer tickets that are valid for up to 3 days, the 2 for 1 deal is only available for their Classic Tour.

The Classic Tour is a 1-day ticket which includes free walking tours and a cruise down the river Thames.

After a 10% discount, which they offer when you purchase tickets directly from their website, you can usually expect to pay the following prices for this hop-on hop-off bus tour:

NOTE: You must purchase tickets through the National Rail site to get the 2 for 1 deal.

Using the National Rail 2 for 1 deal, you’d only pay the price for one ticket, which means you’d be saving as much as £36.90.

Check our overview section for details on how to take advantage of this discount.

For more details about this service, make sure to read our full post covering hop-on hop-off bus tours in London.

London Ghost Bus Tour

If you’re interested in the supernatural, this bus tour will probably be more appealing than others. 

While on board, you can expect to learn all about the haunted history of London, including grizzly details about disturbing crimes and reported ghost sightings.

Unlike some of their competitors, this service does not allow you to hop on or off at your own leisure. 

The entire tour takes about 60-75 minutes to complete, and it typically starts either at dusk or after dark.

Here are the prices you would typically pay before factoring in the 2 for 1 deal:

NOTE: You must purchase tickets through the National Rail site to get the 2 for 1 deal.

With the National Rail 2 for 1 deal, you’ll pay only the price of one ticket, which means you’ll save approximately £28

Please read our overview section for more information about how to use this discount.

You can find out more about this outing on our post covering London bus tours.

Harry Potter London Bus Tour

Fans of the Wizarding World won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn about and see some of the London sites that inspired the fantasy universe of Harry Potter on this themed bus tour.

Much like the Ghost Bus Tour, this isn’t a hop-on hop-off service, but you will likely be given some opportunities to get off the bus and take pictures at notable landmarks on this 3 hour outing.

The prices below reflect what you would pay if you weren’t taking advantage of the 2 for 1 deal:

NOTE: You must purchase tickets through the National Rail site to get the 2 for 1 deal.

If you plan to use the National Rail 2 for 1 deal, the price for two tickets will be just £30, which is a significant savings. 

For more information about how to get this deal, please read our overview section.

We provide even more details about this service on our post covering London bus tours.

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: November 17th, 2022
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