Are you planning to visit London, UK. Plan your trip to London by plane? With our guide to London’s five major airports and a small sixth (Southend), the major airlines do not serve to this airport. Visitors can reach from all over the world to 5 major airports of London.
To find out how to get to the center of London, you have to start by determining your arrival airport.
1- London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 45 km South of London
2- London Heathrow Airport (LHR) 32 km west of London
3- London City Airport (LCY) located 10 km East of London
4- London Luton Airport (LTN) 56 km north of London
5- London Stansted Airport (STN) 64 km north of London
6- London Southend Airport (SIA) 65 km east of London
This guide helps the people to find how to visit various areas in London using our Airport Transfer Guide.
- Express train services are present to access Gatwick, Stansted and London Heathrow airports from the central London.
- Tube network is also present to connect the London Heathrow and City airports.
- Easybus, Greenline coach and National Express provide travel services 24 hours a day. The fare starts from £2 if you use advance booking.
- Those who prefer to drive can use rent a car services.
- London is a big city with five major airports welcoming national and international visitors every day. These airports are connected with the famous tourist’s attractions and sights with the help of different traveling systems. It would be better to see the best airport transfers in order to stay easy. You can choose various airport transfers depending on your budgets as given below.
Airports (Distance from London)
Gatwick (45 km / 28 mile)
How to get to London from Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the second largest airport in London with more than 45 million passengers in 2017. The airport has two terminals where 90 airlines serve more than 200 destinations.
To get to London from Gatwick, several options are available including trains and buses
Gatwick Express is a 30-minute train ride to Victoria Station in the city center. Trains run every 15 minutes between around 05:00 and 23:45.
The price of the ticket is 17.80 pounds one way and 32.70 pounds for the purchase of a return ticket valid for one month. Children between 5 and 15 years old are entitled to a 50% discount.
By booking on the internet, families and groups can enjoy significant discounts. Indeed, paying the rate for 2 adults allows traveling a total of 4 people. The rest of the tickets have a discount of 10%.
There are various railway companies that connect Gatwick to central London. Among them, we advise you to remember these two main: Southern Railway and First Capital Connect.
These alternative trains arrive in Victoria stations, London Bridge or City Thameslink, located next to the Cathedral of Saint Paul. This is a very good option for travelers who do not need to arrive in Victoria.
The price of these tickets varies between 11 and 15 pounds, depending on the route and schedule.
The most economical way to get to London from Gatwick is to use Easyjet minibuses. If you buy your plane tickets well in advance, and depending on a few other factors, the trip can cost you 2 pounds! The only problem with Easy Bus is that you have to wait 80 minutes before getting to Victoria Station.
If you do not wish to complicate the task, by reserving the transfer service, a driver will be present to welcome you with your name on a sign, and will drive you to your hotel as soon as possible. The minimum price is 70 pounds, which is cheaper than the taxi.
The taxi ride from Gatwick is usually an hour, and costs between 85 and 110 pounds. Taking into consideration the duration and the cost of the journey, the best alternative is the train.
London Heathrow: How to get to Central London
Heathrow (26 km / 16 mile)
You come to London on holiday or to spend a season and, after looking at the tickets, you come to the conclusion that the best airport for you is London Heathrow.
Of all the London airports, London Heathrow, with its five terminals, is the largest of all; in fact, it is the fourth largest in the world.
In addition, London Heathrow (LHR) operates at 98% capacity, making it one of the busiest airports in the world.
The best thing about London Heathrow Airport is that it is the only one able to reach central London by metro directly. In addition, it has bus services and an express train, so there is no doubt to consider it as London’s most convenient airport. If you fly with Air France or British Airways, you will land at this airport.
To go from Heathrow to central London or vice versa, you have the choice 24 hours a day: metro, bus and train.
The Heathrow Express, a non-stop express train runs between Terminals 2 & 3 to central London in just 15 minutes while from Terminal 5 in 21 minutes. (4 trains per hour)
TfL Rail runs twice an hour from Heathrow Central to Paddington taking over 30 minutes.
The London Underground (Tube) runs frequency (every 5 minutes) from Heathrow along Piccadilly Line. Stops over 20 stations before it reaches Central London in 45-60 minutes.
National Express coach services manage operation out of Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station between (06:00 to 22:30), to Airport and from the central London (Victoria).
How to get to London from Luton Airport?
Luton Airport (LTN) is a small airport located 51 kilometers from London. Built next to Stansted, Luton is the preferred airport for low cost airlines. In 2010, almost 9 million passengers passed through this terminal.
Although Luton Airport does not have a train station, you can find Luton Airport Parkway just minutes away, where buses will take you to the terminal for £ 1.50 per person.
To get to London from Luton, several options are possible:
If you do not wish to complicate the task, by reserving the transfer service, a driver will be present to welcome you with your name on a sign, and will drive you to your hotel as soon as possible. The minimum price is 60 pounds, which is cheaper than the taxi.
The train is the easiest and fastest way to get to London. Two railways offer this service: East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect.
The most important destinations served are St Pancras International and London Bridge. During the week, during the day, some trains also stop at Farringdon, City Thameslink and London Blackfriars.
The price of a one-way ticket is 18 pounds, regardless of the chosen stop and the journey takes between 30 and 50 minutes.
The Terravision bus service stops at Brent Cross, Baker Street, and Marble Arch and Victoria stations. The journey to Victoria lasts almost an hour.
Round-trip tickets cost 17.75 pounds. By pre-purchasing your tickets on the website, you can usually take advantage of discounts:
Luton-London bus Reservation
The most economical way to get to London from Luton is the Easy Bus. If you purchase your flight tickets well in advance, and depending on other factors, the fare may cost at least 2 pounds. The major disadvantage of this minibus is that it will take you 1:20 before arriving in Victoria.
Apart from the fact that it is not the fastest means of transport, the price of a taxi from Luton to London is about 110 pounds, which we will not recommend as it is expensive budgets if you a tight budget!
How to get to London from Stansted Airport
One of the main advantages of Stansted over Luton is that it has a railway station inside this terminal.
To get to London from Stansted, several alternatives are available to you:
If you do not wish to complicate the task, by reserving the transfer service, a driver will be present to welcome you with your name on a sign, and will drive you to your hotel as soon as possible. The minimum price is 70 pounds, which is cheaper than taking a taxi.
The Stansted Express train connects Stansted Airport with Liverpool Street Station 45 minutes away. This train marks an intermediate stop at Tottemham Hale.
The price of a one-way trip is 19 pounds and the round trip costs 32 pounds (£ 17 and £ 32 to Tottemham Hale). Apart from its high price, the most practical thing is to go to central London. If you get your tickets on the website, you will get discounts.
Trains run every 15 minutes from 4:30 to 23:30. Buses replace trains that do not pass during the night.
Bus from Terravision
Terravision buses connect Stansted and Victoria in 75 minutes, and Stansted and King’s Cross. Buses run every 30 minutes on average and are located at the airport bus station, on bus platforms 13 and 14.
The price of a one-way trip is £ 6 while the round trip costs £ 12 (children from 5 to 12 years old, £ 3 and £ 6).
National Express Stansted
Like Terravision, the National Express company has buses that go to Victoria and Liverpool Street. These buses pass many times and mark more intermediate stops than those of Terravision, which explains that the journey is longer.
The price of a taxi from Stansted Airport to central London is about 110 pounds, so it’s not an option to recommend to most travelers.
From London City Airport
London City Airport is the closest to the city center, located 10 km east of London in zone 3 it is connected to the city by DLR (the Docklands Light Railway) from the London City Airport station to stations:
– Canning Town;metro connection via the Jubilee Line,
– Tower gateway;metro connection via District & Circle Line to Tower Hill Station,
– Bank;Metro connection via Central Line, District & Circle Line, Northern Line and Waterloo & City Line.
In private transfer : if you travel with family or small group, it may be more interesting to book a transfer by private car with driver from the airport to your hotel: you can book a vehicle with a capacity of three people , five people or eight people: at the time of booking, indicate the day of arrival, the flight number, the airline, the time you want the car to be at the meeting place (the driver will wait for you) and the address of your hotel (this service is only available for hotels in central London: either in zones 1 and 2)
To Book: Private transfer from City Airport to central London and also for the return: Transfer from your hotel to City Airport by private car
Take a taxi from any airport
All airports are very well served in Taxi Service, prices vary depending on the distance, the number of luggage, the passage in a toll zone or not, you can do a quote online also.
From Stansted Airport to London City
By train Stansted express:
The Stansted Express train connects to central London to Liverpool Street Station and Tottenham Hale station with departures every 15 to 30 minutes
Approximately £ 23.40 one way adult ticket and £ 33.20 one way round trip to Liverpool Street in 50-minute commute and £ 21 one-way adult ticket and £ 32 one-way round trip to Tottenham Hale in 45-minute commute surroundings.
By the National Express:
National Express Buses depart from Stansted Airport to Victoria Station in central London in a 30-minute drive. It will cost you approximately £ 12 one-way for an adult ticket and £ 19 for a return trip with a departure every thirty minutes.
In Private Transfer:
If you are traveling with your family or a small group, it may be cheaper to rent a private car with a driver than to take the train, the private car will drop you off (up to 8 people maximum per vehicle) directly to your hotel. (These service available only for hotels located in central London in zone 1 and 2), in case of delay, the driver will wait until 1:30 am after the time of the appointment.