Travelling to the London 2012 Olympics
If you have ever travelled in London, you will know that it’s busy at the best of times, so during the London 2012 Olympics, with the influx of tourists and spectators, planning your trip will be vital.
Transport in the city during the London 2012 Olympics will be extremely busy, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time to get to the stadium. Check train, tube and bus schedules online well in advance and carry a copy of the times with you when you travel. Remember to consider the time between each service. Public transport operation times will be extended on competition days.
In some circumstances you may find that it’s quicker to walk to your next destination than to rely on public transport. Always keep a map upon your person to check whether walking is a viable option. This way you’ll also get to see some sites and share in the event spirit.
Not all events will be held at the new London 2012 Olympic stadium. Some will take place at venues on the outskirts of London, including Eton Dorney, the Lee Valley White Water Centre and Hadleigh Farm. All of these venues are linked to London by National Rail services. Read our brief guide to London 2012 venues.
If you are planning to drive, then be warned that there will be no parking at any of the venues and public parking will only be available for disabled people who are UK blue badge holders or members of an equivalent national scheme.
Events will also be held in co-Host cities including, Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle (all for Football) and Weymouth and Portland (Sailing). All of these locations are accessible via train; however some will take in excess of 4 hours to reach.