Tech guide to the Olympics

Are you planning to visit London during the Olympics? Perhaps you’ve got tickets and are getting ready to head off to one of the many venues across the UK?


Visit Get Ahead of the Games for all the latest travel news and advice

If you are, the tech world is on hand to help make your journey as smooth as possible. And your trusty smartphone or tablet might be all you need.

But with so many apps, websites and social networks to navigate we have a few suggestions on what to look out for:


With millions of extra visitors expected in the capital between July and August, transport is something you’ll definitely need to consider.

Thankfully, Transport for London have plenty of ways for you to keep up to date with tube, bus and rail journeys as well as advice if you decide to walk, cycle or drive.

In addition to their Facebook page , TfL have a whole host of Twitter feeds so you can stay informed about the latest news and service updates:

TfL on Twitter

  • Get Ahead of the Games is the place to find all the latest Olympics travel advice, as well as travel hot spot maps for Olympic sites around the UK. Follow @gaotg

  • Combined travel alerts for all Tube, DLR and London Overground services can be followed @TfLTravelAlerts

  • For traffic news, disruption and congestion updates on London’s roads follow @TfLTrafficNews

As well as TfL, the Olympic organisers have created a specific spectator journey planner with all of the London venue destinations in the dropdown options.

Of course, if you prefer to walk or cycle – and there’s plenty of free, secure cycle storage at the venues – is really useful, and don’t forget Barclays’ cycle hire scheme (or ‘Boris bikes’) is a fun way to get around the city.

You can download the official cycle hire app for Android or follow @BarclaysCycle for news and tips about the scheme.

There are also plenty of other cycle hire apps, which include maps and routes, such as the Cycle Hire Widget for Android and London Cycle: Maps & Routes for iOS.


Lonely Planet

Download handy guides from well know sources, including Lonely Planet

Outside of the venue

Once you’ve found your way to the venue there’s a whole city to explore.

You can download the London Official Guide app or instead why not download London guide apps from Time Out or TripAdvisor?

These apps will help you not only find your way around the myriad of streets in London, but also recommend restaurants, attractions and hotels.

The great thing with TripAdvisor’s London City Guide, apart from being free, is that it’s available offline too so you can avoid pricey data roaming charges.


All the action

Don’t forget that you’ll want to keep up with the events themselves and you’re not short of options here either.

The organisers have a number of fantastic, official apps including the London 2012 Results app , London 2012 Join In app, and the Official game. Official sponsor Samsung also has a fun games app with 3D and Augmented Reality games made for Android.

If, however, you’re planning to stay tuned to all the action from home then make sure you have the latest BBC apps, including their Olympics app. This app will provide up to 24 streams of live coverage as well as schedule information, results and news – and of course there’s the BBC’s catch-up TV service BBC iPlayer.

Finally, your phone or tablet is a great way to record and share your trip. Upload photos, video, comments and more and don’t forget to check out our advice on minimising 3G data usage and setting up an Android WiFi hotspot.

Other helpful links:

National Rail

Greater London Authority

Department for Transport

Highways Agency

Transport for London

London 2012


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