Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer. If you are planning to attend as a group, it’s important you plan ahead to ensure your group has a fantastic Games experience.
Tips for travelling as a group
– Taking a large group to the Games requires careful planning – think about how you are going to get to your venue, even if you regularly travel as a group on London’s transport network. Use the spectator journey planner to help you.
– Using a coach service may be a good option, as coaches are able to drop off and pick up at London 2012 venues, without passengers needing to interchange in central London.
– In London, you may also want to consider travelling by river. 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. 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 range of options are available for people with accessibility needs, but these must be booked in advance – call 0844 921 2012 or find out more online
– Leave more time for travel, as London’s transport system will be much busier than usual
– It might be difficult to get your group into one train carriage or on one bus. Make sure all members of your group have their own ticket, a map, know where they are going, and where to meet if you get separated. Help and advice is on hand at London rail stations – look out for people wearing a magenta uniform.
– Avoid arranging to meet at the entrance or exit to National Rail or London Underground stations, as these will be very busy.
– Depending on which transport option you're using and on the size of the group, you may need to need to notify the operator in advance.
– If you’re a teacher, why not make your journey planning part of a class activity using the information and resources on this website?
The London 2012 Games will be a fantastic experience for spectators, schools and families. However, it will be much busier than usual – so it’s important you start arranging travel now.
If you’re going to the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of a group, please complete this short survey to help us plan and make your journeys smoother.