Travel advice for the London 2012 Olympic park

Nice surprise yesterday – my 2012 Olympic tickets arrived. Quite a slick process, Royal Mail emailed me to give me a recorded delivery date. I’ve got 2 sessions for the Badminton which is held at Wembley Arena and 2 sessions for the Athletics in the Olympic Park. I lucked out with the athletics as I’ve got the 100m final (albeit the womens), Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon , decathlon and a few other good events.


A nice touch is they have included a free travel card for each date (zones 1-9). My name is printed on the ticket so looks like ID will be required.

Getting to the Olympic Park

The recommended stations are :

  • Stratford – around 15 minute walk
  • Stratford International – around 15 minute walk
  • West Ham – around 25 minute walk

Cycling is another option. There will be secure cycle parking in Victoria Park and outside Eton Manor Gate and Greenway Gate.

There is no spectator parking at the Olympic park unless you have a pre-booked Blue Badge space.

A map of the Olympic Park can be found here : London 2012 Olympic Park map

Arriving at the Olympic Park

London 2012 are recommending you aim to arrive at the Olympic Park 2.5 hours before your session. The transport network will be stretched so allow plenty of time. There will be airport style security so expect queues. Each person is allowed a medium sized handbag or small backpack (max 25 liters), this bag must fit under your seat.

The list of Prohibited and restricted items is still being finalised, more information can be found here  Bottom line is liquids will not be allowed, nor will your own food.    Recent articles in the media have highlighted the inevitable price hikes.   A bottle of beer will cost £7.20 and a portion of fish and chips will knock you back £8!


Arriving At the Venue

The stadium will open 2 hours before your session. On approach to the stadium use the bridge as indicated on your ticket. Unless your session is the first of the day, seating access will only be available after all spectators have vacated the previous session. There is no readmission to the Olympic Park or stadium. Due to the large size of the Olympic Park, comfortable footwear is recommended.

I’m super excited about the summer of sport coming up.   Euro 2012, Wimbledon, Tour de France and the Olympics.   I’ve actually booked vacation  to ensure I can soak up the atmosphere and watch all the coverage.   Geek huh!


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2 Comments on “Travel advice for the London 2012 Olympic park”

  1. Grrrr…Help!!…
    So frustrated with the site.
    Ive tried to purchase numerous ticket within the Olympic Park…ie Swimmimg Athletics.
    The site constantly throws me out at the final stages and Customer Services never answer!

    Can you help me?
    If you can, I will love you forever 🙂 hehe x

    • I feel your pain Karin. I’ve been trying all week to get some swim tickets. Seems you go into a queue, your browser refreshes for 10 mins and either says you are unsuccessful or gets stuck in a loop.

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