London 2012 Olympics
London's subway system is called the Underground and covers a huge amount of the city. With free public transportation on the days you have tickets, the Underground will be packed with Olympics spectators. The problem is that it will still be packed with regular Londoners going about their daily lives, especially during rush hour.
How the ailing transport system copes with the massive influx of passengers remains to be seen but the have put a few improvements and upgrades in place with the hopes of improving the flow of people and reducing the breakdowns of the sometimes unreliable trains.
How the London Underground Works
The London Underground consists of xx separate lines, each with its own name and colour on the map. Underground entrances are clearly marked above ground with a red circle with a blue line through the middle that has that stop's name on it. Often stations, especially in the city centre, will have more than one entrance, sometimes spread across many streets.
Paying for Travel
Unless you have tickets to events and free travel every day you are in town, you will probably end up paying for the Underground from time to time. Unfortunately, it's extremely expensive. A one-way trip within Zone 1 alone will cost £4. Forunately, there is a simple way to reduce the expense.
The first thing you should do when arriving in London is buy an Oyster Card. This little piece of plastic is your ticket to discounts on individual fares (for example the £4 Zone 1 fare becomes £2) and it will also give you the ability to buy weekly or monthly unlimited travel passes which will further reduce your costs if you expect to use the Underground a lot. These unlimited passes are also good on London's buses which will come in handy if you need to travel off the Underground map or plan on staying out past midnight when they stop running.
Transport in London can be intimidating at first because of the counless bus, train and Underground options. The easiest way to plot your route is to head to the journey planner on Tranport for London's helpful site. Just type in where you will leave from and where you want to go and the journey planner will spit back the quickest route complete with walking times and a map.
2012 Olympics Dates
July 27th - August 12th
Olympic Resources Links
Latest Ticket News
Tickets will not go on sale until 2011 but the prices are finally out! Check out the London 2012 tickets page for more details.