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Looking for a 2 for 1 expert logo. Specifically Heathrow and Tower Hill/Gateway

Let me start off by saying I have been to London several times and have taken advantage of the 2 for 1 offer. In order to qualify, I know I need a Travelcard with the National Rail Logo that can only be purchased at certain stations. I know oyster cards do not qualify. I have always gone from Heathrow to Paddington (an authorized station), then purchased my Travelcards from Paddington.

Our journey takes us a different way this time because we will be staying off the East india stop for the DLR. We will need to change from the Picadilly line to the Circle or District line and again at Tower Hill for the DLR.

Here's where my 3 questions comes in.

  1. Has anyone purchased a Travelcard for the 2 for 1 offer AT THE TOWER HILL/GATEWAY STATION? Does it have the National Rail logo? Bob at London toolkit gives a list of stations, but does not include Tower Hill/Gateway. However, on my underground map it shows a logo there. It would be much more convenient to not have exit at Victoria to get our tickets since we are already changing at Tower Hill.

  2. Once I find an authorized station, can I purchase a one day Travelcard for the following day so we don't have to deal with it in the morning? Example, arriving Tuesday, staying near Tower Hill, and want to visit Tower of London in the morning and take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer. Would prefer not to have to train past it to get to the proper station.

  3. Lastly, as of May 20th, Heathrow Connect is now operated by TFL. So you are now able to buy Travelcards for zone 1-6 at Heathrow terminals 2 and 3. Do these have the National Rail Logo on them? I'm thinking they do not, but would like to confirm.

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Following. I also would like to know if the Heathrow Express "counts" as a National Rail ticket? If I can show entry to London via National Rail at Oxford and departure five days later via the HE, would I be able to book 2-for-1 tickets for the days in between? Wasn't planning to do any sightseeing on our arrival/departure days.

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Neither the Heathrow Express or the former Heathrow Connect (now just TfL Rail) count as a National Rail service.

Both Tower Hill and Tower Gateway are TfL stations and therefore cannot sell National Rail products. However, both are quite nearby the National Rail station of Fenchurch St.

You can buy 1 day travel cards in advance, but they are rather pricey.

It may work out cheaper for you actually to buy a national rail ticket back out of London to bookend the one you are arriving on, but don't actually use it.