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London Flights: Overview

London is considered to be one of the most exciting cities on Earth. Visitors come to shop, eat and experience British culture. London is also a great base for accessing the rest of Britain. London’s architectural legacy is a melting pot that includes Roman, Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern offerings. Visitors can see across London better by boarding the London Eye Ferris wheel or get to know the real locals by visiting one of the city’s famous markets at Camden, Notting Hill or Borough. Most tourists will want to take a trip to Buckingham Palace, home of the British Royal Family and then go to one of the world-class attractions that include the Natural History, Science and British Museums. After a day’s sightseeing visitors can take in one the city’s famous ‘west end’ shows before partying in Covent Garden or Leicester Square.

Quick Guide to London: Know Before You Go

  • What to know:: The London Underground has 11 lines running between 250 stations
  • Top Attractions:: The Tower of London, Westminister Abbey, Buckingham Palace
  • Things to do: Discover London by exploring the neighborhoods of Notting Hill and Camden Town
  • Did you know?: London is the only city to have hosted the Olympic Games 3 times

Flights to London

London is a major intercontinental travel hub and is home to five airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, London City and London Luton. Direct intercontinental flights to the United Kingdom land at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Direct flights to London depart from New York, Los Angeles, Delhi, Toronto, Tokyo, Beijing and all major European cities. Most people traveling from Johannesburg, Sydney or Auckland will need to make a stopover, usually in the UAE or Asia. London airports are served by most major intercontinental airlines including British Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Air China and Emirates. From Heathrow airport, passengers can board the London Underground Piccadilly line for travel to central London. From Gatwick and Stansted airports passengers can take a choice of public train or coach services to central London. Both Gatwick and Heathrow airports provide passengers with a transfer shuttle service option, taking them directly to their chosen destination.



London Airports: A Summary

London-Heathrow Airport | London-Stanstead Airport | London-Luton Airport | London-Gatwick Airport | London-Southend Airport | London-City Airport

Traveling from London-Heathrow Airport

London-Heathrow Airport is the busiest international airport in the world in terms of passengers. Most flights from North America arrive at one of London-Heathrow's 5 terminals. Heathrow is used by over 80 airlines including British Airways, which operates both continental and intercontinental flights.

How to travel to London's city center:

  • Subway: Taking the Subway, or "Underground" as it's called in the UK, is the cheapest way to travel from Heathrow airport to the center of London. Travelers can follow the signs which say "Underground" and take the Picadilly line to London's St. Pancras train station. Trains depart frequently and take approximately 57 minutes to reach St. Pancras station.
  • Bus: National Express buses travel from Heathrow airport to Victoria Station in central London in approximately 45 minutes.
  • Train: Taking the train from London-Heathrow is the fastest way to reach the city center; however, it is also the most expensive. The Heathrow Express train takes only 20 minutes to reach Paddington Station, while the Heathrow Connect train takes an additional 10 minutes.

Traveling from London-Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport is the most popular London area airport for budget airlines like Ryanair. Stansted is 62 km away from London's city center and offers a variety of passenger facilities and services including shops, restaurants, and WiFi internet access.

How to travel to London's city center:

  • Train: The Stansted Express train is the quickest way to travel from Stansted Airport to London. The Stansted Express departs frequently, takes approximately 45 minutes, and arrives at London's Liverpool Street.
  • Bus: Taking the bus from London-Stansted Airport is the cheapest way to travel to London's city center. Easybus and Terravision buses take 1:15 to arrive in London, while National Express buses take approximately 10 minutes longer. All three bus companies stop at London's Liverpool Street and Victoria Station. National Express buses also stop at Paddington Station.

Traveling from London-Luton Airport

Luton Airport is located 56 kilometers from London. Low-cost budget airlines including WizzAir and EasyJet provide most of Luton's flight traffic.

How to travel to London's city center:

  • Train: Luton's Airport Parkway, located just 10 minutes from the airport, offers trains to London's city center every 15 minutes. Trains from Luton Airport take approximately 45 minutes to reach London's St. Pancras Station.
  • Bus: Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Luton Airport to London's city center. The route from Luton Airport to London's Victoria Station is run by four bus companies: EasyBus takes approximately 50 minutes, National Express takes approximately 1:20, GreenLine 757 takes approximately 1:40, and Terravision takes approximately 1:45.

Traveling from London-Gatwick Airport

London-Gatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. Gatwick currently has 2 terminals and caters to both budget and traditional flag-carrying airlines. Gatwick Airport features restaurants, duty-free shopping, and WiFi service.

How to travel to London's city center:

  • Southern and Thameslink Trains: Southern and Thameslink both offer trains that connect Gatwick Airport to various parts of London. Trains from Gatwick to London's city center take between 30 to 40 minutes. Trains from Gatwick arrive at either Victoria Station, St Pancras Station, and London's Gatwick Bridge.
  • Gatwick Express: The Gatwick Express departs every 15 minutes and takes approximately 30 minutes to travel from Gatwick Airport to London's Victoria Station. Prices are significantly higher than alternative trains; however, discounts are available for groups of 3-9 people.
  • Bus: Buses from Gatwick Airport, offered by National Express and Terravision, take approximately 1:40 to arrive at London's Victoria Station. These buses depart approximately every 15 minutes and stop mutiple times before arriving at the final destination.

Traveling from London-Southend Airport

London's Southend Airport is located in the town of Essex approximately 64 kilometers from London. It is small-sized airport which mainly serves low-cost budget airlines.

How to travel to London's city center:

  • Train: Southend Airport is well connected to London's city center by Abellio Greater Anglia trains. Trains from Southend Airport depart every 20 minutes and take approximately 1 hour to reach London's Liverpool Street.

Traveling from London-City Airport

City Airport is the closest airport to London's city center, located just 10 kilometers away.

How to travel to London's city center:

  • Train: The Docklands Light Railway from City Airport travels to London's Bank Underground station, where you can connect with the "Central" line underground to Liverpool Street in approximately 30 minutes.

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Everything you need to know about London-Gatwick airport

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Circle line (Underground) connects Tower Hill Station, which is 5 minutes from Fenchurch Street Station walking, and Victoria Station, where Gatwick Express departs and arrives.

Everything you need to know about London-City airport

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Public transportation is available through the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which connects the airport to the London Underground.

Everything you need to know about London-Luton airport

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Metropolitan line (Underground) connects Aldgate Station, which is 5 minutes from Fenchurch Street Station walking, with King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station. East Midlands Trains connects St. Pancras Station and Luton Station.

Everything you need to know about London-Stansted airport

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The city of London and Stansted airport are connected by the Stansted Express bus. It departs every 15 minutes from London Liverpool Street station. Alternatively, Transport for London connects many London stations with Stansted airport.

Everything you need to know about London-Heathrow airport

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The city of London and Heathrow airport are connected by the National Express bus company. Buses depart every hour from London Victoria Coach Station. Alternatively, Transport for London connects many London stations with Heathrow airport.

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