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How Much Are Olympic Tickets?

Updated on August 21, 2012
Attending the Olympics Doesn't Come Cheaply
Attending the Olympics Doesn't Come Cheaply


The Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games have come and gone, and the first athletic medals have already been awarded. It’s safe to say that, if you don’t already have your Olympics tickets, you almost certainly have no plans to attend. That’s OK, because you will have a better view of the action from your HDTV anyway. You can also think about how much money you saved by not buying tickets. How much do the Olympics tickets cost, anyway?


The least expensive Olympics tickets will be held by young people age 16 and under as of July 27, 2012. These youngsters (or, more likely, their parents) will pay their age for their tickets. For example, the ticket for a 10 year old will have cost just 10 £ ($15.50), while a ticket for a 5 year old will have cost a bargain 5 £ ($7.75).

The next least expensive Olympics tickets will be held by seniors age 60 and above as of July 27, 2012. They’ll pay just 16 £ ($24.80) for their tickets--still a huge bargain for a possibly once-in-a-lifetime event.

What about the other ticket holders? Some fans of each Olympics event, along with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, snared tickets at the symbolic price of only 20.12 £ ($31.19). How many of these tickets were sold? Unclear. But it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be watching Michael Phelps at this price.


Say you’re a huge fan of Montenegro’s women’s handball team. You could have scored a ticket to their first-round game (or is it a match?) against the host country of Great Britain on July 28th for 20, 30, 40 or 50 British pounds sterling ($31, $46.50, $62 or $77.50, respectively), depending on your sight lines.

On the other hand, if you want to see the finals of the men’s 4 x 100 m medley relay and its medal ceremony on August 4th, you would have needed to pay 50 £ ($77.50) for even the least expensive seats, or 95, 185, 295 or 450 £ ($147.25, $286.75, $457.25 or $697.50, respectively) for the better seats.

If you went for broke and managed to buy tickets for the Opening Ceremony, you would have paid up to a symbolic 2012 £ ($3118.60) for the best seats. Or, you could have saved a few bucks by buying less expensive seats for 1600, 995, 150 or 20.12 £ ($2480.00, $1542.25, $232.50 or $31.19, respectively).

Compared to the gala Opening Ceremony, tickets to the Closing Ceremony are relatively inexpensive. The most expensive seats cost 1500 £ ($2325), while the less expensive seats cost 995, 655 or 150 £ ($1542.25, $1015.25 or $232.50). If you were lucky, you may still have bought a bargain seat for 20.12 £ ($31.19).

Of course, you would also have needed to buy airline tickets to England and hotel nights in London at premium prices, and spring for relatively expensive transportation and food costs during your stay. And you would be looking at spending hours fighting through the traffic and going through security lines.

Watching the action on TV sounds better and better. But then again, it is the Olympics!

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting; wish I could go but alas, I'm a poor American! :) I hope you get to attend; if so, have a great time.

    • AJ Flanigan profile image

      AJ Flanigan 

      6 years ago from Griffin, GA

      I would kill to watch Michael Phelps for 32$ (minus cost of travel of course). That's a cheap seat at a regular season Celtics game.

    • tipstoretireearly profile imageAUTHOR

      tipstoretireearly 

      6 years ago from New York

      Watching from a pub sounds like great fun!

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      When the tickets got released here in the UK, it was like a lottery! We could all apply for tickets, and tick our preferred events, and then some computer somewhere randomly decided who got tickets and who didn't and what events they would be for! (This of course didn't include VIP's or the corporations). Sadly I lost this lottery and didn't get a ticket... bitter? No! There have been other chances to get them and I haven't so I guess I wasn't as bothered as I thought I was! :-)

      Of course I did think that it would be OK watching it on TV, but now, days before it starts, my TV is broke! Arrgghhh! Methinks I'll have to watch the bits I want to see at the local pub then... lol

      Best wishes from the riverbank in England, Jen

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