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Travelling to London Stansted and Olympics 2012

The 2012 Olympics which are being held in London, England is expected to be hosted in front of more than 80,000 viewers. Many of them will be England natives, however it is expected that thousands will also be travelling from The United States and other regions to view this spectacular event as well. Therefore, the public transit system will have to shift and alter in order to accommodate the increased traffic. If you are one of the lucky people heading to this much anticipated event, here are some tips on travelling to London and the Olympics 2012.

Enough can’t be said for planning ahead as the overall region of London is vastly different than other places. The most critical thing one needs to know is that at the actual events and stadium there is not public parking for those who come to view to the events and therefore your best alternative is to plan to take public transportation. There are a couple of designated parking spots referred to a ‘blue badge parking’ but those need to be reserved in advance.

Since all the events are not located in one area depending on which ones you plan to view will alter the transportation you use to get there. London transportation companies have gone out of their way to make sure that there are plenty of avenues for visitors to choose from during their Olympic visit to London.
Many spectators purchased or are purchasing transportation passes early so their routes are already planned, but if you haven’t done this (and may not be able to at this point since those tickets are limited) you can still manage to get from point A to point B without much trouble.

Your first concern should be your transportation once your plane hits the ground in London so that you can get to your hotel or go right to whichever venue you plan to attend. There are numerous options for airport transfers.

If you have a layover in between your flights within the London region or will be transferring to separate airports many hotels and transport services are offering package deals; for instance National Express Coach is offering a combined deal for hotel stays and transporting between any two airports during oyur stay at a discounted rate most of which will be running 24 hours a day, every day.
If you will only be traveling from one hotel to one airport you can also contact National Express Ticketing for a full pricing schedule and travelling guide.

All of the transporting options travel between the largest and most popular London cities: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted and they all run extremely frequently to accommodate visitors and locals. Be aware though that travels between Stansted and Luton are less frequent so you will need to enquire about those transporting services separately.

There is a generally one or two hours that should be planned for travelling in between cities as London’s congestion is always high and will be more so during the Olympics.

There is also the option for groups or families that have 5 or more people to hire a private transfer service which will pick you up at Heathrow station and bring you directly to your destination without any pit stops.

Websites such as http://www.stanstedairporttaxi.com/ can certainly help you with your transportation planning. Here you can find airport taxis that will retrieve you from the airport and shuttle you to any venue or the hotel you will be staying at for reasonable and discounted prices. Other UK transport services also offer some wonderful deals for airport taxis, shuttles and mini buses or coaches and will also include flight monitoring as well as 30 minute free waiting times. Websites such as http://www.stanstedairporttaxi.com/ are a great place to visit for your travel planning and needs. Group and family discounted rates are also available so ask about them when you inquire.

When traveling to the Olympic events there are five major airports that you can choose from: London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Luton and London City and all of them have taxi and other transporting services that can safely get you from the airport, to the events or hotel and back to the airport for your departure.

London City Airport is the main portal to fly into and is also in the closest proximity to the city where many of the events will be held. For airport transfers and London to airport taxis there are several options one has for migrating needs. This airport has the Docklands Light Railway which travels to and from the airport every 15 minutes; there are also a series of busses that run back and forth (the 473 and 474) for a small fee; the London city Tube also runs quite frequently to and from the airport as do a host of taxi services. For more information visit the London transport homepage at http://www.visitlondon.com/travel/airport/london-city-airport where you can find travel accommodations from each of the airports, time schedules and pricing as well as discounts and group rate offerings.


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