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Visiting England for the London Olympics this summer? Once you have your London Olympics tickets for your favourite events in the bag and some top London hostels booked you’re pretty much all set and can sit back and relax...until you arrive at the English capital city. This is going to be one of the biggest events to take place in London this summer and with that there will be a lot more people in the city. Getting around London using its public transport network on a normal day can be a bit confusing and very busy, so imagine what it’ll be like for The Olympic Games. You can expect high volumes of people across all public transport services from July 27th to August 12th, so that's why we've taken a look at what the city of London have on offer for transport options for The London Olympics 2012 and put together some things we think you should know before you arrive for the Olympics.
Plan your travel
The official website for London 2012 Olympics has done an impressive job with their travel planning section with the inclusion of a Spectator journey planner. Here you can put in where you are going to and from, along with the dates and times of your arrivals and departures. This will then give you a number of route options from public transport, river services and park-and-ride along with the estimated travel lengths. Be sure to allow for delays here on the day, but nonetheless it’s a great means of planning your journeys to and from London Olympic venues.
Book your travel
If you want to be very organised for the Olympics in London, then get booking your travel in advance. Booking early means you will get the best ticket prices, get to your event on time and relax knowing you have all your travel planned. There are a number of travel options on offer for getting to and from London’s Olympic Park that you can book in advance. There’s Games Park-and-Ride that are located in convenient locations close to many Olympic venues. You can also book the 2012 Games Coach Service that is perfect if you are travelling to the London Olympics from around the South of England. And then there’s the 2012 Games Train Tickets that offer great prices on train fare tickets from across the UK when you book ahead.
Over the years London’s public transport have made vast improvements to improve their services for disabled people, older people and passengers travelling with children. National Rail, London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway are always updating and renovating their services to improve their accessibility. These include audio and visual information on many trains and at stations, wide-aisle ticket gates for those using wheelchairs or pushchairs, and some stations allow you to request a journey with staff assistance at stations, stops and piers.
If you have a ticket for a London 2012 sports event or ceremony in London then you will also get a free Games Travelcard. This handy travel card can be used on public transport in London zones 1–9 on the day of your event, as well as on London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams and National Rail services (with some exceptions). It also entitles you to discounts on other travel means like the 2012 Games River Bus Express or the 2012 Games River Tour Service so don’t forget to bring it along.
Visitor Oyster Card
If you’re planning to stay in London for longer than just one event, then we cannot recommend the Visitor Oyster Card highly enough. This handy travel card will make your London sightseeing and general London travel a lot easier. This card is pre-loaded with pay as you go credit and can be used on Tubes, buses, trams, DLR and National Rail services within the London travel zones.
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