London has five major airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and London City. Each of these airport sees thousands and thousands of visitors a month pass through but here we concentrate on the top three and the necessary information when it comes to travel options:-
As London’s main airport, you would be right in expecting that Heathrow offers great transport links into Central London:-
- The Heathrow Express is the airport’s dedicated transport link and claims to offer the fastest link between the airport and the city centre. Trains run every 15 minutes to Paddington Station and leave from Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5.
- A very easy and cost effective option, as long as your flight times coincide with the underground timetable; the Piccadilly Line runs from all terminals and takes approximately an hour.
- Heathrow Connect is an overground train service with local trains running to Paddington every half an hour.
- easyBus is the cheapest option, offering a direct service between Heathrow’s central bus station and Shepherds Bush in Central London. Services run regularly and tickets can be booked online. An excellent choice if you are staying in one of the budget hotels in Central London.
Being a smaller airport than Heathrow, the travel options at Stansted are slightly different to that of Heathrow but fairly good nonetheless:-
- Train services run regularly between London, the East of England and the Midlands. The train station is located directly below the main terminal building making it very easy to access.
- National Express offer a direct service to and from Stansted with various drop off locations in the centre of London.
- Directly opposite the main terminal building is Stansted’s bus and coach station and here you can catch one of a number of bus services directly into Central London, ideal if you are staying somewhere such as the Shaftesbury Hotel Hyde Park International.
This is London’s second busiest airport and as such offers similar transport options to that of Heathrow:-
- The Gatwick Express runs to Victoria station every 15 minutes and has just a 30 minute journey time. This is an excellent option for first time visitors to the city who want a quick and easy transport solution.
- If you are a little more confident you could hop onto one of the main train services which operate out of Gatwick and head to Victoria, London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton Airport. All these services run four times an hour and take between 30 and 45 minutes.
- As with Heathrow, there is also an easyBus service which operates at the airport leaving every 15 minutes from both the north and south terminals.
For all three airports it is also entirely possible to travel by taxi or car but there are additional cost implications with these options and it would certainly be worth looking at the above public transport services before making your final decision.