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How can i buy tickets for the London Olympic Games 2012

Updated on July 10, 2012

London 2012

Next year sees the Olympic Games held in London. The slogan "London 2012" is already being used in advertising and marketing. There have been Olympics in London before, 1908 and 1948 so it really is a once in a lifetime event, one that is not to be missed.

How do I buy tickets?

This is an update to my information from last year. There is an opporunity to purchase tickets that are no longer required by the lucky people who won them. If you log on to the London 2012 ticket site you can find out about the ticket resale programme which lets you sell unwanted tickets or buy those unwanted by others at the FACE value. The site should be open from Jan 6th to Feb 3rd 2012. Remember that the tickets available will change each day as tickets are added and sold by the minute.

London 2012 have also announced that there may be some additional tickets available in the spring as venue sizes are finally confirmed and it may be that they can squeeze a few more spectators in! My advice is to make sure that you regulary check the London 2012 website for updates. Good luck!

How do I buy tickets if I am interested in seeing any of the Olympic Game events. The tickets go on sale from Tuesday 15th March 2011 to 11:59 (just before midnight) on Tuesday 26th April 2011.

It is a fairly complicated process to get a ticket or two but it has been organised to ensure a fair distribution between the population of the UK and designated European countries. Tickets will be made available for specified sessions in specified sports and you need to apply for tickets. If too many tickets are requested than exist, names will go into a draw and names will be chosen until all the seats have gone. At that point you have to pay, so if you put in several applications you will have to pay for all the tickets. By the way if you intend to pay by credit or debit card, London 2012 only accept payment by VISA owing to their generous sponsorship of the London Olympic Games.


Prices iof tickets vary, depending on whether it is a heat or a final but a number of cheaper tickets for children and seniors have been made  available. I had to laugh at the special child prices- you  pay your childs height so if they are 5 its £5 please! Tickets are marked as non transferable but London 2012 recognise that you might be ill or otherwise unable to fo and it is fine to give one to a friend or family member or even to sell it at face value.

Register your interest

It the f you are worried that you might forget the ticket window you can register your interest now with London 2012 and they will send you an e mail reminder. If all this has whetted your appetite I have bad news, this ticket application service is only available for UK residents and certain European countries, including Austria, Denmark and Ireland. There are many others in the long list so if you live in Europe I recommend that you consult the list.

If you live outside the UK or the designated European Counties you can buy tickets via your National Olympic Committee who may approve  Authorised Ticket Resellers. A full list of contacts will be published on the London 2012 website on 15th March 2011.


We got some tickets, but we don't know what for and when. Lucky ticket holders will get an e mail from the London 2012 Olympics before the end of June. The money has already been debited from your credit card or taken from your bank. Update- we got tickets for Boxing- husband is happy and I am looking forward to a day of hiding my head in my cardigan! There is a second lottery of tickets for those people who did not get any tickets at all. When they have applied and been allocated tickets, those who did not get the full amount of their request will have another go. However the tickets will be those that did not sell the first time around and so are unlikely to be more any of the major events.

Am I too late?

The Paralympics follow behind the first games. The tickets are available, again by ballot, open from the 9th to 30th September 2011. The tickets include the tube fare for the day which is quite a generous saving. If you are coming for any length of time check out the London transport website with details of the Oyster Card which significantly slashes the cost of public transport.

Thomas Cook are the official provider for Olympic holidays and short breaks.You can purchase hotel accommodation with tickets for selected events. Note that the accommodation is not necessarily in central London but there will be public transport available.

There are some public events such as the Marathon, the Road race and cycling road race that are held on the streets of the capital. They do not require tickets and London is well accustomed to holding events such as this. Only this year the crowds flocked to London for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and will be flocking to celebrate H.M. The Queen's Golden Jubilee next June , just before the games take place. It really will be a busy place to be with lots of atmosphere!


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