The event that we have all been waiting for is just around the corner – the 2012 London Olympics! This year’s Summer Olympics run from July 27 to August 12, and the Paralympics are from August 29 to September 9. If you are one of the thousands of people lucky enough to be attending the games, you may be planning out the details of your travel itinerary to London. Whether it is your first time traveling to London, or you are a returning visitor, we wanted to provide some help tips and hints to make your summer 2012 Olympics travel a bit easier.
Summer travel is expected to be busier than ever and air fares are not looking as if they will be lowered. It is best to purchase your airline tickets as soon as possible so that you will not be charged an even higher price closer to the travel dates. In order to save on some travel expenses, be as flexible as possible and try booking a flight that is at an off-peak date and time. Also check for flights with multiple stops if you are looking to save some extra money.
While London has released a number of extra hotel rooms, availability is still hard to come by during the time of the Olympics. If you have a hard time finding an open hotel, or one that doesn’t charge you double the cost, check for other types of lodging outside the center of the city. Many people offer bed and breakfasts or house and apartment rentals which can provide you with more options as well as save you some extra costs.
When in London, traveling to the Olympic venues can be a bit difficult. With no parking available, you will have to find schedules for local shuttles, buses, trains, or taxis. Most Olympic tickets include free transportation around the city during the event so make sure you take advantage of it.
There are many ways to save money on food when in London for the Olympics. There are several street vendors available during the games which are great for quick and inexpensive meals during the day. This will allow you to spend a bit more on dinner, but still stay within your budget. Make sure you always have cash available when purchasing anything in London.
Summer Olympic highlights will include:
- Opening ceremonies with Parade of Athletes in London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday night, July 27. Closing ceremonies in same place on Sunday, Aug. 12.
- Men’s basketball final and Men’s Marathon Aug. 12 in Greenwich and London.
- Men’s soccer final – Aug. 11 in Wembley Stadium, London.
- Women’s all-around gymnastics – Aug. 11 in Wembley Arena, London.
- Women’s boxing finals (new event) – Aug. 9 in ExCel Arena, London.
- Women’s soccer final – Aug. 9 in Wembley Stadium, London
- Swimming Events – Multiple dates, Olympic Park Aquatic Center
- Track & Field – Multiple dates, Olympic Stadium.
Do you plan on traveling to London for the 2012 Olympics? Let us know!