Airport transfers when you visit London
May
07

Airport transfers to London

How to transfer from the airports

Airport transfers into central London can be a daunting task, even if you have done so before and you are familiar with London’s transport system. When you visit London you may be overwhelmed by the various possibilities and unsure of the best way to get to where you will be staying, without spending a fortune or frazzling your already jet-lagged nerves!  We hope the following information and tips will make it easier for all travellers, even the experienced ones.

Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Heathrow Airport lies around 30 km from central London.  If you visit London via Heathrow you can get to and from the airport via London Underground (the tube), train, coach or taxi.

Via the Underground
Heathrow is unique in that it is on the tube, which is a quick, convenient and cheap way to get into central London.  The Piccadilly line (dark blue) runs into each terminal at the airport and it takes between 40 to 60 minutes to travel into central London, depending on your final stop. If your flight is very early or very late, make sure that the underground is running for your journey, as the Tube is not a 24 hour service.  If you have mobility problems, or are carrying a lot of heavy luggage, you may be better off on the train, coach or in a taxi. There is extra room for luggage on the tubes that run into Heathrow, but these spaces can fill up quickly with passengers at peak travel times.  If you are carrying quite a bit of luggage, it is worth remembering that there may be some stairs to climb at your final tube stop, as well as the usual escalators.  Not all tube stations have a lift.  Transport for London

Via coach
You may visit London on a coach, in which case National Express Coaches offer airport transfers to Victoria Coach Station, with one stop in Earl’s Court  (West Cromwell Road) on the way.  Victoria Coach Station is  on Buckingham Palace Road,  a few metres from Victoria station.
Travelling via coach is comfortable and can be a good choice if you are living in or close to these areas, or if you are travelling with a lot of luggage.  The journey time is between 40 to 60 minutes.  Save money on tickets if you book a return.  Tickets can be bought online, at Victoria Coach Station, can be sent to your phone, or can be picked up at a collection point.

Via train
There are two train services running from Heathrow into central London. This can be  the most convenient way to travel from the airport if you are staying in the Paddington, Lancaster Gate or Bayswater areas in central London.
The first option is the Heathrow Connect, which makes about 6 stops before ending up at Paddington Station.  The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and two trains run per hour.  This service is not as heavily promoted as the Heathrow Express, but it is a good, affordable way to get into central London.
The second train service is the Heathrow Express which is a direct train into Paddington Station.  It is faster but much more expensive than the Heathrow connect, with a journey time of 15 minutes. There are some good savings to be had on this service if you book online and book in advance.  Oyster cards can be used as a method of payment for this journey – more about Oyster cards later.

Via taxi’s
You can nor visit London and journey in a taxi! We have two types of taxis in London, the first and most famous being our classic Black Taxi’s. (black cab)  They are an institution and we love them.  You will be able to hail a black taxi as you walk out of the airport.  They charge on a meter and the price for your journey will calculate as you travel.  Your cabbie (driver) will be able to give you an estimate, but heavy traffic, road works and any unforeseen delays on your route can impact on the total rate.
We also have minicabs which are often normal saloon cars or people carriers. Minicabs have to be booked in advance and you will be given a rate for airport transfers upfront.  We use a minicab driver here at The London Agent who can be pre-booked to take you from the airport to your accommodation.  Please ask us about this option when making your booking.

 

Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Gatwick Airport lies around 45 kilometres away from central London, in East Sussex.  You can get to and from the airport via train, coach or cab.

Via coach
National Express Coaches run from Gatwick Airport to Victoria Coach Station. Victoria Coach Station is on Buckingham Palace Road, a few metres away from Victoria station.  Travelling via coach is comfortable and can be a good choice if you are living in or close to Victoria, or if you are travelling with quite a bit of luggage.  The journey time is between 60 – 90 minutes. Save money on the price of tickets if you book online and in advance.

Via train
There are three train services that run between Gatwick Airport and central London. They are the Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern Rail. Southern and Thameslink trains are normal commuter routes and may be very busy during peak travel times.
The Gatwick Express is a good and reliable service that runs directly to Victoria Station and has plenty of room for luggage, but it is more expensive than the commuter train links.  The journey time is approximately 25 minutes and you can save on ticket prices by booking online.

Via taxi’s
We have two types of taxis in London, the first and most famous being our classic Black Taxi’s.  They are an institution and we love them.  You will be able to hail a black taxi as you walk out of the airport.  They charge on a meter and the price for your journey will calculate as you travel.  Your cabbie (driver) will be able to give you an estimate but heavy traffic, road works and any unforeseen delays on your route can impact on the total rate.

We also have minicabs which are often normal saloon cars or people carriers. Minicabs have to be booked in advance and you will be given a rate for your journey upfront.  We use a minicab driver here at The London Agent who can be pre-booked to take you from the airport to your accommodation.  Please ask us about this option when making your booking.

 

Stansted Airport (STN)

London Stansted is 60 kilometres away from central London. You can get to and from this airport via coach or train. Stansted airport website. Stansted airport website

Via coach
National Express Coach is the cheapest way to get to and from this airport.  Prices are very reasonable, especially if you book ahead and there are stops in central, north and east London, plus a direct route from Stratford.  Travelling via coach is comfortable and can be a good choice if you are living in or close to the areas with pick-up points, or if you are travelling with quite a bit of luggage.  The journey time is between 45 to 100 minutes, depending on your stop.

Via train
The Stansted Express is the only train service that will take you to and from Stansted Airport. It is fast but more expensive than the coach. Trains go from Liverpool Street Station, with one stop at Tottenham Hale Station in north east London and then straight on to Stansted airport.  Travellers who have easy access to the Victoria line might want to embark or get off at Tottenham Hale. The journey time into Liverpool Street station is 45 minutes and 35 minutes to Tottenham Hale.
Please note that very early trains do not stop at Tottenham Hale Station and it is always worth checking about any road works if you are travelling on a weekend.

Via taxi’s
We have two types of taxis in London, the first and most famous being our classic Black Taxi’s.  They are an institution and we love them.  You will be able to hail a black taxi as you walk out of the airport.  They charge on a meter and the price for your journey will calculate as you travel.  Your cabbie (driver) will be able to give you an estimate but heavy traffic, road works and any unforeseen delays on your route can impact on the total rate.
We also have minicabs which are often normal saloon cars or people carriers. Minicabs have to be booked in advance and you will be given a rate for your journey upfront.  We use a minicab driver here at The London Agent who can be pre-booked to take you from the airport to your accommodation.  Please ask us about this option when making your booking.

 

Luton Airport (LUA)

Luton Airport is 50 km north-east of London. You can get to and from the airport by coach or train. This is the only major London airport that does not have it’s own train station.  There is a shuttle bus to the airport.

Via coach
National Express coaches run to Luton from Victoria Coach Station on Buckingham Palace Road, a few metres away from Victoria Station.   There are several pick up points in London along the way. The journey takes between 1 hour and 1 hour and a half depending on your stop. Travelling via coach is comfortable and can be a good choice if you are living in or close to the areas with pick-up points, or if you are travelling with quite a bit of luggage. Booking ahead and online can save you money.

Via train
As mentioned, there is no train station at Luton Airport.  A shuttle bus operates from Luton Parkway railway station every ten minutes between 5.00 a.m and midnight and the journey time to the airport is also 10 minutes.  There are two train companies that will get you to Luton Parkway station.  Thameslink and East Midlands Trains. Both of these run from St Pancras International station.  If you book online, select Luton Airport (LUA) as your point of departure or final destination and this will ensure that you have also paid for the shuttle bus.  National Rail website

 

London City Airport

London City is one of the most convenient London airports simply because of its close proximity to London, being located in the Docklands in east London.

Via Docklands Light Railway
The stop for the airport is London City Airport (zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).  Trains for the DLR connect to the London Underground at various stops and you can use an Oyster card as payment on here.  DLR website

Via taxi’s
We have two types of taxis in London, the first and most famous being our classic Black Taxi’s.  They are an institution and we love them.  You will be able to hail a black taxi as you walk out of the airport.  They charge on a meter and the price for your journey will calculate as you travel.  Your cabbie (driver) will be able to give you an estimate but heavy traffic, road works and any unforeseen delays on your route can impact on the total rate.
We also have minicabs which are often normal saloon cars or people carriers. Minicabs have to be booked in advance and you will be given a rate for your journey upfront.  We use a minicab driver here at The London Agent who can be pre-booked for airport transfers to your accommodation.  Please ask us about this option when making your booking.

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