London Airports and Transportation

How to get to and from the airports, and getting around the city on public transportation

London underground

London Underground and view of The Shard - ©

London Airports

London has eight airports, although you'll be landing at one of the five major ones -- Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, and London City. Heathrow is the world's busiest for international traffic and the main hub of British Airways. Gatwick gets similar European and inter-continental traffic, while Standsted and Luton cater to the low-cost short-haul flights. London City is the smallest of all and focuses on business travelers, including considerable business jet traffic.
To reach the center of London from Heathrow take the non-stop Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station (taking about 15 minutes) or the underground (for a 40-50 minute journey). From Gatwick take the rail service to Victoria Station, and from Standsted take the train to Liverpool Street Station. If you're landing in Luton, take a shuttle bus to the airport's Parkway Station (taking about 10 minutes), where you can then take a train to the city. From London City Airport take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) that links easily with the underground.
You may also prebook the following transfer services:

Transfers from the Airport

If you don't wish to rely on public transportation and prefer the convenience of a transfer, here are your options:


Getting Around London

Once in the city, the fastest and easiest way to get around is by taking the Underground (also called the Tube). After that service stops running at 12:30am (10:30 on Sundays), you must rely on taxis which are comfortable but expensive.

Car Rental

To go elsewhere in the UK by car, check the cheapest rental rates:

Car Rentals

London Map

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