Travelling to Olympic venues isn’t an Olympic sport, but perhaps it should be considered. Navigating London has a number of potential contenders alone such as the cross capital time trial, tube train sumo and competitive queuing. Nobody can deny that traveling through London during this busy time poses some significant challenges.
But these difficulties are not localised to London. Even the events outside the capital, in which many of Great Britain’s medal hopes compete, can be difficult to reach. Thousands upon thousands of eager sports fans and spectators will be flooding the British countryside, coastal towns and cities to be part of London 2012. This means thousands of extra cars on the roads and people on the trains and busses. Getting caught in traffic jams, congestion and delays could ruin the summer of a lifetime.
We don’t want you or anyone else to miss out, so here are a couple of easy tips you can follow to help you catch every golden moment.
Wherever you are headed and however you’re getting there, planning is key. Chancing it on the day could leave you like a pole vaulter who has forgotten their pole, eager but ultimately helpless. We don’t just mean planning your route, finding the cheapest or fastest way to travel and leaving with plenty of time. Look up the area online, see what else it has to offer so you can get a full day from your tickets.
Where possible book in advance. This is the best way to avoid disappointment and often save money. If you’re traveling by train, advance fares are often cheaper. If you are driving, you are advised to use the many park and ride sites brought in just for the games, which must be pre booked and can be here. If there is a restaurant in the area you think would be nice for lunch, book a table. Everything is going to be extremely busy so booking early might just save the day.
If you haven’t got tickets, don’t worry! Not only do some of the events, such as the sailing, time trail and marathon go through areas where it is free to watch, the recent empty seats scandal means tickets are being put back on the sale daily. You could get very lucky and bag your dream tickets!
Finally, remember the Olympic mantra is one of sharing, bringing people together. To make sure you’re getting the best out of the Olympics, why not be part of this philosophy. If you’re driving to any of the venues, or need a ride there, check to see if there are people around you heading there as well. Filling up empty seats can help spread the costs of travel like petrol and parking. Better yet you can make amazing friends who want to be part of the greatest show on earth, all while cutting emissions! There really is no downside. Check our London 2012 page to see if there are car sharers near you!
For more travel advice, visit getaheadofthegames.com. We hope we have helped and that you enjoy the spectacle of London 2012!