London is one of the biggest cities on earth – and has one of the most extensive public transport systems. Some of your options for getting around London during the Games are outlined below.
London’s huge network of underground trains – known as the ‘Tube’ – carries more than one billion passengers a year and features 11 lines serving 170 stations. All London 2012 venues within London can be reached by the 'Tube', with the exception of ExCeL, Greenwich Park and Woolwich Arsenal.
Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR)
One of the first light rail systems in Britain, the DLR network is located in south-east London and serves London 2012 venues at the Olympic Park, ExCeL, Greenwich Park and The Royal Artillery Barracks.
London Overground serves London 2012 venues in the Olympic Park on the Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford line.
London has an extensive bus network, with routes and stops close to all London 2012 venues. You can now check live bus arrival times online using a smartphone or desktop PC – visit the Transport for London website
River services offer a great way to get to your venue, avoid traffic and see some of the best sights London has to offer along the way. A number of London 2012 venues are accessible by river, including Greenwich Park, North Greenwich Arena, The Royal Artillery Barracks, Horse Guards Parade and Eton Dorney. Book river travel now
The transport network will be even busier than usual during the Games, so it’s even more important that you are fully prepared for what to expect. Here’s some things to bear in mind when using London’s public transport network:
- Look out when you’re crossing roads – don’t forget cars drive on the left-hand side
- If you’re travelling by train or Tube, stand behind the yellow line on platforms and allow passengers off the train before boarding
- Move down inside train carriages and buses, allowing others on behind you, and keep everything clear of the doors
- Stand on the right-hand side of escalators in stations – the left-hand side is for people in a hurry
- Do not leave your bags unattended at any point on your journey
- If you see an unattended bag or package, don’t touch it – just let a member of staff or the police know immediately
- Try to avoid walking alone at night. Keep to well-lit main roads and walking routes
- Look after your belongings. Make sure your bag is zipped and don’t flash around your mobile phone or other valuables