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Planning for Olympics no Game

May 7th, 2014

Artist's rendering of proposed facilities for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London

The London Olympic Games begin July 27, 2012, but now is the time to start planning your trip.

Demand and costs of tickets and accommodation is expected to be high. With some careful planning you can keep costs down. Opening and closing ceremony tickets start at US$32 and go up to US$3,200. Prices vary widely depending on the event – and, more importantly, at what stage you see the event.

You can find US$32 tickets to all sports events during their qualifying or preliminary rounds, but once the events progress to medal rounds, prices escalate. The least expensive seats to medal-round events range between US$48 and US$104 each, depending on the sport.

Ticket holders will receive free passes to London’s public transportation system, including the Tube and all buses, to use on the day of their ticketed Olympic event.

As for flight and accommodation costs, airlines don’t release plane ticket prices until about a year before the event. Hotel costs are easier to predict: Expensive. But you can consider staying outside of London. There are three means of securing tickets: You can book a travel package that includes tickets (But ensure you book a package with a travel agent to avoid scams), enter an official ticket lottery, or buy tickets from a broker (Not recommended).

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