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Attending the London Olympics on a budget

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LONDON — For many heading to England for the Olympics, a budget is part of the experience.

So how do you go without breaking the bank? Everen T. Brown has some tips for the well-planned and last-minute travelers alike.


  1. Budget accordingly for Olympic event tickets. According to Brown, the London games will be some of the most expensive. The most expensive opening ceremony ticket cost is equal to about $3,500 American dollars. Comparable tickets in the 2002 opening ceremony cost about $800. Track and Field events are popular in London, and Brown suggests looking on eBay for event tickets if a particular event is sold out.
  2. Use your ticket to get around. All Olympic event tickets come with a pass for the subway. Get your tickets first and then save on transportation.
  3. Bring food. Eating out will add up quick in this expensive country. Plan ahead and make a trip to the grocery store for some food to pack around. The London Olympic Committee will allow food inside venues and in the park.
  4. Check your tickets. If you buy a ticket to the Orbit sculpture and lookout, be sure you have another ticket that will get you inside the park, as that is not included in the Orbit's admission.

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