News from East Midlands Trains


London 2012 spectators can buy rail tickets 12 months in advance

Train companies have been working with the Olympic Delivery Authority to offer Games spectators the chance to buy rail tickets a full year in advance, allowing you to book your travel as soon as your Games tickets have been confirmed. 

As a Games ticket holder you will be able to buy these 2012 Games train fares through a dedicated website covering all the country’s train operators shortly after Games events tickets have been allocated.

As well as travel to London, 2012 Games train fares will be available for travel to and from all other 2012 host cities: Coventry, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Weymouth, from any National Rail station in Great Britain. The tickets have been designed to be flexible, to enable you to change your ticket should an event be unexpectedly rescheduled, and will allow for discounts, such as Railcards, to be used.

If you’re going to an event in London you will get a one-day Games Travelcard with your Games ticket. The Games Travelcard can be used for travel in London Zones 1-9 on the day of the event, allowing you to reach your final destination venue via National Rail or Transport for London services.  

Train services will also be boosted to get Games spectators to and from events. Longer trains and thousands of additional services starting earlier and finishing later will be provided, giving you time to enjoy the events, socialise and get home safely. 
A special Games train timetable, developed by train companies and Network Rail, will be announced prior to train tickets going on sale.

Benefits of the special 2012 Games train fares for Games ticket holders include: 

  • Tickets can be booked more than a year in advance and will go on sale shortly after you are notified what event tickets you have been allocated. 
  • Tickets for trains with non-reservable seats will be valid for any train on the date of travel without restriction. You will be able to return on the date of the ticket and up to midday the following day.
  • Tickets for trains with reservable seats will be valid for outward travel on the date and train specified only. The return portion will be valid for travel on services up to three hours later than booked, although your reserved seat will only be available on the train you are booked on.
  • If you need to change your journey date or time due to a change in date or time of your event, you will be able to re-book free of charge. If you wish to change your booking for any other reason, you can do so free of charge in the first instance plus any difference in fare.
  • Discounts will be available for Railcard holders and children. 

Further details on these exclusive rail tickets and fares for Games ticket holders will be available soon. 

For further information on travelling to 2012 Games venues, see