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As we get closer and closer to 2012, you can already see London gearing up for hosting its biggest event this decade. The Summer Olympic Games are now just 485 days away and now that tickets are on sale, it’s time to start planning your trip to the Games.

Millions of visitors will head to the UK next summer to enjoy the games. While it’s still more than a year away, you can start planning your trip now, starting with tickets, flights and hotel accommodations. Many have already jumped on the trip-planning bandwagon, so don’t miss out on the deals!

Buying tickets

Tickets went on sale on March 15th, 2011 for the events. They are available through official ticketing offices only, although you are sure to come across fakes. Residents of the UK can apply for Olympic Games tickets through It’s simple, just create a ticketing account and apply for which events you’d like to see! Residents of the EU or other nations should apply for tickets through their local National Olympic Committee. Each ticket also comes with a “Games travelcard” which gives you access to use the transit to get you to your event.

Getting to the Games

London as well as other destinations in the UK will host millions of visitors in the summer of 2012. Transport capacity will be greatly increased to accommodate all the travellers, especially within London. Additional services will be added to the tube and bus networks and they will also run later as well. If you’re planning on heading to London for the Olympic Games, search for your flights EARLY! Set yourself an email fare alert so that you can follow the price trends via your inbox.

The Games won’t just be taking place in London though, other UK cities hosting events include: Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle (football), Weymouth and Portland (sailing).

Flights to London


Did you know London has more than 10,000 hotel rooms? Everything, as you can imagine, from luxury beds to budget hostels. No matter what your budget, you can find something in London, even a low cost hotel! Most hotels are located in the city’s West End. The Olympics will also set up residence halls and student accommodations as well, adding another 30,000 affordable beds to visitors in London. Search for hotels in London early, as soon as you have secured your travel dates and plans.

Are the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on your travel bucket list? Will you be heading to London?

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