This page provides brief guidance on how to get to London from major UK airports.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is located 32 km (20 miles) to the west of Central London and there are excellent transport links. Each of the 5 terminals has currency exchange facilities, information counters and left luggage facilities. Heathrow's latest addition, Terminal 5 was opened at an official ceremony by Queen Elizabeth II on 14 March 2008. For more information about Heathrow Airport visit www.heathrow-airport-guide.co.uk
Journey time to Central London 45-60 minutes. Cost to Central London is around £35 to £45. Taxis can drop off on the forecourt of all terminals.
Heathrow Express offers the fastest way to travel into Central London. Visit the Heathrow Express website or phone +44 (0)845 600 1515 for more information.
First Capital Connect provides services to London Paddington, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway, with an average timetabled journey of 25 minutes. Visit the Heathrow Connect website for more information.
London Underground's Piccadilly Line offers the most cost-effective rail route between the airport and central London. It is the most economic way to travel to Central London. Journey time to Piccadilly Circus is about 50 minutes. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website or call TfL's 24 hour helpline on +44 (0)20 7222 1234.
Coaches & Buses
National Express runs frequent coach services between Heathrow's central bus station and Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on the route. Some services stop en route in Hammersmith or Earl's Court. View the National Express website for further information
The N9 night bus runs to Central London (Trafalgar Square) every 30 minutes between midnight and 5:30am. Journey time is approximately 65 minutes. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website or call TfL's 24 hour helpline on +44(0)20 7222 1234.
London Gatwick (LGW) is the second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow airport. Gatwick is located 45km (28 miles) south of London. The two terminals, North and South, are linked by an efficient monorail service. For more information about Gatwick Airport visit www.gatwick-airport-guide.co.uk
Journey time to Central London 60-70 minutes. Cost to central London is around £65.
A number of train services run direct from Gatwick Airport Station into London.
Gatwick Express provides direct services to London Victoria station with a journey time of 30 minutes. Visit the Gatwick Express website or phone +44 (0)845 850 1530 for more information.
The rail station is directly linked to Gatwick's South Terminal and is just a few minutes from North Terminal via a free transit train link. Rail information and ticket desks are located in the rail station and within the arrival areas of both terminals. Visit the National Rail website for more information.
First Capital Connect trains run through London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and King's Cross Thameslink stations. Visit the First Capital Connect website for more information.
Southern Railway provides regular services to London Victoria. All northbound Victoria services stop at East Croydon and Clapham Junction. Visit Southern Railway website for more information.
EasyBus EB3 is a regular service to London Victoria. Visit EasyBus website for more information.
National Express runs regular services to London Victoria. Visit the National Express website for more information.
London City Airport (LCY) is situated approximately 9.5km (6 miles) East of Central London. The airport can be accessed by taxi, bus or Underground/DLR. Its single terminal incorporates shops, information and taxi desks, a bureau de change and left luggage facility. For more information about City Airport visit www.london-city-airport-guide.co.uk
There are usually taxis queuing for customers at London City Airport. A metered trip to/from Central London will cost about £20 with a journey time of 25 minutes.
London City Airport is well-connected to the Tube network. Take the Jubilee Line to Canning Town or Canary Warf, or take the Central Line to Bank, and change to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Journey time from central London is 25-30 minutes. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website or call TfL's 24 hour helpline on +44(0)20 7222 1234.
The Docklands Light Railway has frequent service from Bank station, in the heart of the financial district. Fares on the DLR are the same as those on the Tube and Travelcards are accepted. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website or call TfL's 24 hour helpline on +44(0)20 7222 1234.
Local bus routes serving the airport are the 473 (Stratford, Silvertown, North Woolwich, and Prince Regent Station) and the 474 (Canning Town, North Woolwich and East Beckton via Silvertown). Standard bus fares apply and Travelcards are accepted. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website or call TfL's 24 hour helpline on +44(0)20 7222 1234.
London Luton Airport (LTN) is one of the UK's fastest growing airports with over 9.4 million passengers during 2006. Luton Airport is 51km (32 miles) north-west of London. For more information about Luton Airport visit www.luton-airport-guide.co.uk
A metered trip to/from Central London will cost £70 to £80 with a journey time to Central London of over 1 hour.
A regular shuttle bus links the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station in around eight minutes. From there, First Capital Connect operates regular services to stations including King’s Cross, Farringdon, London Bridge and Blackfriars in Central London. Visit the National Rail website or call +44 (0)845 748 4950 for more information.
First Capital Connect operates a fast, frequent service direct between central London and Luton Airport Parkway train station. Luton Airport Parkway is around 25 minutes away from St. Pancras international station. Visit the First Capital Connect website for more information.
EasyBus offers a high frequency, low cost express bus service between Central London and Luton Airport. EasyBus coaches run 24-hours a day between the airport and Central London. There are stops at Brent Cross, Finchley Road, Baker Street, Oxford Street/Marble Arch and London Victoria. Fares start at £2 one-way and vary according to demand. You should book early to get the best fares. Visit the EasyBus website for more information.
The Green Line 757 coach service goes to Victoria Coach Station with stops at Brent Cross, Finchley Road Station, Baker Street, Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch. Services run 24 hours a day, every 15–20 minutes during the day and every half hour in the evening. The journey takes 1 hour 15 minutes. Visit the Green Line website for more information or telephone +44 (0)870 608 7261.
London Stansted Airport (STN) is London's third international gateway and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. The airport is located 64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London. For more information about Stansted Airport visit www.stansted-airport-guide.co.uk
Stansted Airport taxi operator Checkercars has a reservation desk on the international arrivals concourse. Should you wish to book a taxi in advance please visit www.checkercars.com
Stansted Express is the fast and convenient way to Stansted Airport from central London (London Liverpool Street), with trains departing every 15 minutes. Also calls at Bishops Stortford, Harlow Town and Tottenham Hale (change here for Victoria Line). Average journey time: 46 minutes. Visit the Stansted Express website for more information.
Easybus EB2 connects to Victoria via Baker Street (Central London) up to every 20 minutes, seven days a week. Average journey time: 75 minutes. Visit the EasyBus website for more information.
National Express A6 connects Stansted Airport with London Victoria - central London via Golders Green, Finchley Road Underground Station, St Johns Wood, Baker Street and Marble Arch. Operates up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. Average journey time: 85 minutes. Visit National Express website for more information.