2012 Olympic Games London, tips on the means of transportation

Public transport will be the Achilles tendon of the 2012 Olympic Games

This summer, London and the United Kingdom in total will come to life with one of the largest and most important events of the sporting world: the Olympic Games (27 July-12 August 2012) and the Paraolympic Games (August 29 -9 September). Along with a lot of emotions and an incredible atmosphere, the Games will bring thousands of visitors together. This means that the transport system will be very congested – so it would be wise to start planning your trip right away. There will be no parking available to viewers wherever the games are played, except for a limited number of seats for spectators with disabilities, which must be booked in advance.

Map of locations of the games in London= http://www.london2012.com/visiting/getting-to-the-games/maps/locog-london-venues.pdf

Map of where the Games are held in the United Kingdom= http://www.london2012.com/visiting/getting-to-the-games/maps/uk-venues-map.pdf

Public Transport

Many spectators from all over the United Kingdom will arrive in London at the main railway stations. These will be very crowded at peak times by commuters. It is anticipated that approximately 80% of spectators will travel by train (including the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway, DLR) which will cause many problems on a network already very busy.

Liverpool St. Station - London, UK
Liverpool St. Station – London, UK

London Underground and DLR

Some stations in central London will be much busier than usual, but at a different location. Many parts of the system underground and DLR will be under pressure, including stations and lines that are close to the venues of the Games. These are important points of exchange for the spectators to get to the events via pathways. The main route of the Olympic Park, the Jubilee Line and the Central Line will not be outdone. Although the Northern Line, Central London, is not a direct path to the sites of the races it will still be more busy than usual, especially on the Branch Bank, and from the north. It’s provided that a significant number of spectators will use the Northern Line to London Bridge to the interchange with the Jubilee Line and main railways.

Stations to avoid

Viewers will be invited to use some stations, and lines that are used for travel to and from venues. These stations and lines will be very congested. Where possible, we recommend that you avoid these stations and routes if you’re not traveling to a place, especially during the competition and peak times for commuters.

You are in an affected area?

Some areas of the city will be congested, especially the areas around the major transportation hubs, such as King’s Cross St. Pancras, London Bridge and the Bank, and the paths that connect with central London offices of the Games.

Use this map to select the area you are interested in and download detailed information on surrounding roads and on the local public transport network.


Oxford Street in London
Oxford Street in London

Maps and areas of London

1. Wembley http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map1-wembley.pdf

2. Stratford West http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map2-stratfordwest.pdf

3. Stratford East http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map3-stratfordeast.pdf

4. Paddington http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map4-paddington.pdf

5. Marylebone http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map5-marylebone.pdf

6. King’s Cross http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map6-kingscross.pdf

7. City http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map7-city.pdf

8. Bethnal Green http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map8-bethnalgreen.pdf

9. Bow http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map9-bow.pdf

10. West Ham http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map10-westham.pdf

11. East Ham http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map11-eastham.pdf

12. Earl’s Court http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map13-victoria.pdf

13. Victoria http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map13-victoria.pdf

14. Westminster http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map14-westminster.pdf

15. London Bridge http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map15-londonbridge.pdf

16. Bermondsey http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map16-bermondsey.pdf

17. Canary Wharf http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map17-canarywharf.pdf

18. Greenwich http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map18-greenwich.pdf

19. Woolwich http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map19-woolwich.pdf

20. Lewisham http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map20-lewisham.pdf

21. Blackheath http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map21-blackheath.pdf

22. Wimbledon http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map22-wimbledon.pdf

23. Lee Valley

24. Hadleigh, Essex

25. Weymouth and Portland http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map25-weymouth-portland.pdf

26. Windsor and Eton http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/maps/map26-eton-dorney.pdf


Within London, there will be congestions on the local bus network. Bus services will be implemented in areas where additional traffic is expected along or near the Olympic path.

Service on the River

Many spectators are expected to use the river to travel to and from places in the south-east London, as the Greenwich Park and The Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, therefore even the river services will be more congested than usual. Considering the importance of the event we suggest that you book your hotel room now, in the area near the headquarters of the sport that interests you the most in order to avoid wasting time and start buying tickets for the opening ceremony, closing ceremony and events.

By Elsi H

Photo: Tomascgucio, sfPhotocraft,

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