How to Get to London Airports

How to Get to London Airports v6

There are five airports in Greater London. Heathrow Airport is in West London, while Gatwick Airport is in West Sussex, just south of the city. To the northwest of London in Bedfordshire is Luton Airport, and to the northeast is Stansted. London City Airport is situated in the Docklands, to the east of Central London.

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Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Express

The Heathrow Express train is the fastest way to get to the airport from Central London.  It runs regularly from London Paddington station to Heathrow Terminals 2, 3, and 5.  For Terminal 4, there is a free train transfer at Terminals 2 and 3.  The journey from Paddington takes 15 minutes (view timetables).  Single tickets are from £21.50 single and £35 return, and are cheapest when you buy online.  Discounts are also available online.

London Underground

The Piccadilly line is the cheapest way to get to Heathrow Airport from Central London (journeys range from £3.10 to £6).  It runs regularly to Terminals 2-5 and takes approximately 1 hour.  All terminals are in Zone 6 - there is one station for Terminals 2 and 3, and one each at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.  See the Heathrow Underground page for more details.

Heathrow Connect

The Heathrow Connect train runs every 30 minutes from London Paddington Station (usually from platform 12) to Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3, and takes 25-35 minutes (view timetables).  For Terminals 4 and 5, there is a free transfer train.  A single fare is £10.10 and an open return (return anytime within one month) is £20.20.  Discounts are available with railcards.

easyBus

easyBus is the cheapest way to travel to Heathrow Airport from Central London, with tickets starting from £2.  Buses depart regularly from Shepherd's Bush and the journey takes 30 minutes.  The bus station is located between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

National Express

National Express coaches run from London Victoria coach station to Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 and the journey is around 1 hour (view timetables).  For Terminals 4 and 5, there is a free transfer train.  Single tickets start at £6 and returns £11.  Discounts are available - see the National Express Ways to Save page for details.

Black Cab or Mini Cab

Taxis to Heathrow from central London can take up to 1 hour 30 minutes and will cost a minimum of £35.  It is recommended that you book at least 48 hours in advance.  Heathrow Airport has teamed up with GreenTomatoCars for transfers from the airport (book at least 24 hours in advance).

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Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Express

The Gatwick Express train is the fastest way to get to the airport from Central London.  It runs every 15 minutes between London Victoria station and South Terminal (there is a short shuttle service between South and North Terminals), and takes 30 minutes (view timetables).  Single tickets are £17.70 and returns are £31.05 when purchased online.  Discounts are also available online.

Southern Railway

Southern Railway is another fast way to get to Gatwick Airport.  It runs frequently from London Victoria station to South Terminal (there is a short shuttle service between South and North Terminals), and takes around 30 minutes.  The trains often stop at other London stations, which may be more convenient (view timetables).  Single tickets start from £11.  Online booking offers and railcard discounts available.

Thameslink

Thameslink trains regularly run from Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, and St. Pancras International to South Terminal (there is a short shuttle service between South and North Terminals). The journey takes around 30 minutes from Central London (view timetables).  Anytime return tickets start from £19.

easyBus

easyBus is the cheapest way to travel to Gatwick Airport from Central London, with tickets starting from £2.  Buses depart regularly from London Waterloo, London Victoria, and Earl's Court, and journeys take between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.  Buses from Waterloo and Victoria stop at South Terminal only, whereas buses from Earl's Court also go to North Terminal.

National Express

National Express coaches run 24 hours a day to Gatwick Airport from London Victoria coach station (via other locations in London) to South and North Terminals (view timetable).  The journey takes approximately 1 hour 30 mintues.  Single tickets start from £6 and returns from £11.  Discounts are available - see the National Express Ways to Save page for details.

Black Cab or Mini Cab

Taxis to Gatwick from central London can take up to 1 hour 30 minutes and will cost a minimum of £50.  It is recommended that you book at least 48 hours in advance.  Gatwick’s Official Taxi Company offers discounted fares on return journeys to the airport. Book in advance.

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Stansted Airport

Stansted Express

The Stansted Express train is the fastest way to travel to Stansted Airport.  The train departs regularly from Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale and takes between 35 and 50 minutes (view timetable).  Single tickets start from £18 and returns from £30.  Discounts are available when travelling in a group of three or four.

National Express

National Express coaches to Stansted Airport depart from London Victoria (via several other London locations), London Stratford, and Liverpool Street (view timetables).  Journey times vary depending on your departure point.  Single tickets start from £6 and returns from £11.  Discounts are available - see the National Express Ways to Save page for details.

Terravision (in partnership with Green Line)

Terravision coaches to Stansted Airport depart from London Victoria, London Stratford, or Liverpool Street.  Journeys times vary depending on your departure point and tickets start from £6 one-way.  Discounts are available online.

easyBus

easyBus is the cheapest way to travel to Stansted Airport from Central London, with tickets starting from £2.  Buses depart regularly from Old Street and Baker Street, and journeys take between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

Black Cab or Mini Cab

Taxis to Stansted from central London can take up to 1 hour 30 minutes and will cost a minimum of £60.  24/7 is Stansted Airport’s official taxi service and a journey to London costs around £99.

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Luton Airport

Note: All trains go to Luton Airport Parkway, which is 10 minutes from the airport via a bus interchange.  To avoid delays at the train station, try buying a through ticket when you book your journey.

Thameslink

Thameslink trains run regularly from Blackfriars, City Thameslnk, Farringdon, and St Pancras International to Luton Airport.  Journeys take 40-50 minutes on average (view timetables), and anytime return tickets start from £26.50.

East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains regularly run from St Pancras International to Luton Airport, and take approximately 20-25 minutes (view timetables).  Single tickets start from around £15.50 and returns from £27.

National Express

National Express coaches to Luton Airport depart from London Victoria (via several other London locations) regularly throughout the day and night, and take around 1 hour 5 minutes (view timetable).  Single tickets start from £6 and returns from £11.  Discounts are available - see the National Express Ways to Save page for details.

easyBus

easyBus is the cheapest way to travel to Luton Airport from Central London, with tickets starting from £2.  Buses depart regularly from London Victoria and Liverpool Street via other London locations and take around 1 hour.

Terravision (in partnership with Green Line)

Terravision coaches to Luton Airport depart from London Victoria via other London locations and take between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes.  Tickets start from £10 one-way.

Black Cab or Mini Cab

Taxis to Luton from central London can take up to 1 hour 30 minutes and will cost a minimum of £50.

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London City Airport

London Underground and DLR

The Jubilee line and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are the cheapest and most direct way to get London City Airport from Central London (journeys range from £2.80 to £4.80).  The airport is in Zone 3 and the journey takes 20-30 minutes.  See the London City Airport website for more details.  

Black Cab or Mini Cab

Taxis to London City Airport from central London can take up to 45 minutes and will cost a minimum of £35.  London City Airport has teamed up with Minicabit for cheaper fares. Expect to pay a minimum of £25.

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