Now it’s time to plan to/from the venues events I will be attending. I’m actually a little nervous & excited at the same time about this. Nervous, because I have never seen London this busy & will have to leave ample time to arrive to the venue and go through security. In my previous posts here & here, I was magically granted tickets for Men’s Volleyball & Mens/Women’s Tennis!
You can plan your journey from anywhere in London with the Spectator Journey Planner. The official Olympic site has made this quite easy for everyone to plan travel times & any expected delays.
Spectators with a ticket for a Games event in London will receive a one-day Games Travelcard for the day of that event. Games events include all ticketed sporting events and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The Games Travelcard will entitle you to travel within zones 1-9 on the London public transport network throughout the day of your event. This includes London Underground (Tube), London Overground rail, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), buses, trams and national rail services – but not the Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick Express trains or taxis and private hire vehicles. Spectators will also be able to use their Games Travelcard on the Javelin® service between St. Pancras and Stratford International stations.
General advice about travelling during the Games
There are some key points to remember when travelling by train and tube at Games time:
- To make journeys easier, try to avoid changing trains as far as possible.
- The Jubilee line and London Bridge Underground and national rail station will be very busy. Where possible try to avoid if you can.
- Avoid changing onto the Central line, particularly within central London (Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Bank, Mile End and Liverpool Street stations).
- Avoid changing at Canning Town, Canada Water, Bank, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road stations as they will be very busy.
- From West Ham station, walk along The Greenway to the Olympic Park. Avoid changing to or from the Jubilee line or DLR here.
- Plan and book early. There will be the opportunity for ticket holders to organise their journeys before the Games.
Travelling in London during the Games
Public transport in London will operate for extended hours on Games competition days. London Underground (Tube), London Overground rail, DLR and some national rail services will be extended to run until approximately 1.30am. Many bus routes will operate a 24-hour service as is currently the case in London.
During the Games, public transport systems will be under increased pressure. At certain times and locations, high demand will increase the time it takes to make a journey. Please allow plenty of time to travel to and between venues.
Central London is more compact than most people think. It is often quicker to walk between areas, and discover new parts of London on the way.
This site offers a very interactive map of London & the high traffic tube stations:
Tickets to be Picked-up at the Will Call Center
I opted to pick up my tickets because of the cost of GBP to have it mailed to me. I am now wishing I had it mailed because now I have to travel out of the way to pick them up!
City of Westminster College
Paddington Green Campus, Paddington Green
London W2 1NB
Telephone: will be updated on the CoSport website on Monday, July 16th
Hours of Operation:
Open every day from July 23rd to August 12th inclusive
9:00am – 7:00pm (09:00 – 19:00)
Hours may be further extended during peak times. Please visit www.cosport.com for specific details.
By Train: Take the London Tube, the Bakerloo Line and exit at Edgware Road Station. Walk north on Edgware road until you reach Church Street. Turn left onto Church Street and continue until you reach City of Westminster College on the right.
Earl’s Court – Men’s Volleyball
Earl’s Court will be home to the Volleyball competition during the London 2012 Games. Earl’s Court Underground station provides access to Earl’s Court Tube station on the Picadilly or District Line.
You should allow at least one hour to travel to Earl’s Court from central London and two hours from the Olympic Park during the Games.
On June 19th, 2012 The IOC announced the Volleyball Schedule is confirmed here. A total of 144 men and 144 women will compete for gold medals, with 12 teams in each competition. Men’s Full schedule. Based on this schedule I believe I am watching the following two matches:
Defending women’s champions Brazil will open their campaign against Olympic debutants Turkey, while a repeat of the women’s final from Beijing 2008 between Brazil and USA will take place on 30 July. In the men’s competition, defending champions winners USA will take on Serbia in their opening game on 29 July, before meeting Brazil – who they defeated in the Beijing 2008 final – on 2 August. London 2012 Organising Committee Director of Sport Debbie Jevans said: ‘Everything is set for the London 2012 Volleyball competition. The schedule has been announced by the FIVB and we look forward to both welcoming the teams and watching some exciting matches which will comprise the best players in the world.’ The knockout phase of the competitions gets underway on 7 August for women and 8 August for men, with the finals being held on 11 and 12 August.
WIMBLEDON – M/W Tennis
Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE
Located at Wimbledon at Wimbledon Park on the District Line
The Olympic site has not provided the player’s Tennis schedule at this time:
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For my information about the following specific Olympic Venues, visit the site!
Olympic Park venues
- Aquatics Centre
- Basketball Arena
- BMX Track
- Copper Box
- Eton Manor
- Olympic Stadium
- Riverbank Arena
- Water Polo Arena
- Earls Court
- Greenwich Park
- Hampton Court Palace
- Horse Guards Parade
- Hyde Park
- Lord’s Cricket Ground
- The Mall
- North Greenwich Arena
- The Royal Artillery Barracks
- Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena
Out of London venues
- Box Hill, Surrey
- Brands Hatch, Kent
- City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
- Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire
- Hadleigh Farm, Essex
- Hampden Park, Glasgow
- Lee Valley White Water Centre, Hertfordshire
- Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Old Trafford, Manchester
- St James’ Park, Newcastle
- Weymouth and Portland, Dorset
To make sure you arrive in plenty of time, you should also consider the following additional factors when planning your travel to your chosen event:
- The public transport network will be significantly busier than normal – particularly in London – so do not assume that the usual routes you use will be the best to take during the Games.
- Walking between the venue entrance and recommended stations serving the venue may take 10 to 15 minutes in some cases.
- Walking within large venues such as the Olympic Park may take up to 30 minutes.
- Venues will have airport-style security, which may take considerable time particularly during busy periods. You should allow for this in your travel plans.
- There may be unforeseen delays on the transport network.
- Travelling very early or very late in the day will take slightly longer due to the frequency of transport services, but may be necessary to get to your event on time.
I hope this information was helpful!