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The London Olympics


The Olympic Games in London were inaugurated on 27 July; it’s the planet’s biggest sporting event with 26 different types of sport and 10,500 participants.

Many Swedes will be travelling to London to support the Swedish participants and FOREX Bank’s travel economist has been in London to investigate:

The safest way to buy tickets is via the official ticket sales site. There are many non-official sites, many of which are unserious. Watch out as well for tickets on the black market, there are a lot of forged tickets turning up.

Price levels aren’t that different when taking the usual holiday expenses into consideration. According to FOREX Bank’s city index, where the most common holiday expenses in various cities are compared, London has an index of 103 compared to Stockholm, which has an index of 100.

Pressure on the public transport system will be high during the Olympics and you’ll need to plan your journey in good time. Everyone possessing tickets to any one of the Olympic events will also have received a special “Games Travelcard”. This card enables you to travel for free on the London public transport system during the same day of the event you attend. If you’re in the city for more than one day it’ll be worthwhile buying an “Oyster Card”, which can be loaded with a specific amount of money and which can be used on both the busses and the underground. A single journey by underground in e.g. zone one will cost you GBP 1.90 with an Oyster Card instead of GBP 4.

A lot of money has been invested in security. There are many rules, amongst other things, regarding what visitors may take with them into the competition arenas. The less you take, the quicker you’ll get through security control. In many arenas you aren’t able to take liquids in containers bigger than 100ml, but you are allowed to take in an empty water bottle and fill it up inside the arenas.

Even more information (in Swedish) can be found at www.forex.se/reseekonomen.

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