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Gold Medal Tips for Traveling to the London 2012 Olympics

July 05, 2012


London is by far the largest travel destination this month. Millions of people will descend on the city, traveling from all corners of the earth. Here are some travel tips for making your travel to the Olympics as enjoyable as possible.


London 2012 Olympics Logo

Get ready for the London 2012 Olympics!!


If you haven’t booked your flight yet, it isn’t too late. London’s main two airports are Heathrow and Gatwick, but there are numerous alternative airports you can fly into such as Ringway International, London Stansted, and Birmingham. There’s also nearby Brussels, which is less than 2 hours away on the Eurostar train. These other options for travel might save you considerable money.



Although most hotels inside the city are booked, hotels in London’s suburbs are well worth looking into for accommodations. The transit system in the U.K. makes it easy to get around so you can stay on the outskirts for much less.


Tourist Activities

No tickets to the events? Well, there are scores of arts and music festivals throughout London to coordinate with the Olympics. London’s Official Tourism Site will provide you with the places to go and what’s going on, as well as the London Festival Website. Don’t miss out on the historical attractions that are outside of the Olympic venues.


Street Races

Don’t forget about the free Olympic events! Marathoning and Road Cycling races are free to watch. You can look at the course maps on the London 2012 website for route info.


Emergency Contacts

If you are traveling to the Olympics from another country, make sure to look up your home country’s embassy phone number in London and take that information with you. Many embassies ask that you register your visit; in the event of a world-crisis, they’ll know you are traveling outside your homeland.


Internet on the Go

London has prepared for the world to arrive by installing free WiFi practically everywhere in the city. If you don’t want to use your “roaming” feature on your phone, you can connect via WiFi and use a free calling app—like Skype—to keep in touch with your loved ones while you travel.


Rain or Shine

Prepare for the weather! The average high in London in July is 23°C. July and August are the warmest months for London, but there can still be plenty of rain, so bring your umbrella.

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