London airports: which transfer to choose from / to the city center?

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How to reach central London from the various airports?

How to reach central London from the various airports?

The city of London is served by 7 airports - 6 main and one secondary.

Map of the different transfer options from / to London airports

 

From / to London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Located 20 miles west of London, London Heathrow airport is the largest in the capital.

There are 4 transfer options between London Heathrow Airport and London City Center:

The train: TFL Rail, Heathrow Express

This option is the fastest!

TfL Rail (from / to Paddington station)

  • Price: £5.10 - £3.10 (with a Oyster card in rush hour - or not) or £6 (without Oyster card) one way
  • Departure: every 30 min
  • Travel time: 30 to 50 min

Heathrow Express (from / to Paddington station)

  • Price: £25 - £22 (with a Oyster card during rush hour - or not) or from £21 one way and £38 round trip (without Oyster card)
  • Departure: every 30 min
  • Travel time: approximately 15 min

The ride is free for children under 5 years old.

This trip is not included in the daily limit of the Oyster card.

The metro: Piccadilly Line

This option is the most economical!

Piccadilly Line (from / to station Piccadilly Circus, Kings Cross St Pancras or Finsbury Park)

  • Price: £5.10 - £3.10 (with a Oyster card in rush hour - or not) or £6 (without Oyster card) the trip
  • Travel time: approximately 50 min

The bus: National Express and Megabus

National Express (from / to station Victoria Coach Station)

  • Price: from £6 one way and £11 round trip
  • Departure: every 30 min
  • Journey time: approximately 1h

Megabus (from / to Victoria Coach Station)

  • Price: from £5 one way
  • Travel time: approximately 1h

The taxi

This option is the most practical - but also the most expensive!

Black Cab

  • Price: around £65 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 5
  • Travel time: approximately 1h
  • Reservation: with the mobile application Gett

The Black Cabs are easily recognizable by their retro style - very British!

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Transport car with driver

  • Price: around £40 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 7 (depending on the type of vehicle)
  • Journey time: approximately 1h
  • Reservation: with the mobile applications Uber, ViaVan, Kapten, etc.

From / to London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Located 45 km south of London, London Gatwick Airport is not served by the metro.

There are 3 transfer options between London Gatwick Airport and London City Center:

The train: ThamesLink, Gatwick Express and Southern Train

This option is the fastest!

ThamesLink (since / to St. Pancras International station or London Bridge)

  • Price: £15.10 - £8.30 (with a Oyster card in rush hour - or not) or from £10.30 (without Oyster card) one way
  • Travel time: approximately 40 min

This trip is not included in the daily limit of the Oyster card.

Gatwick Express (from / to London Victoria station)

  • Price: £19.90 (with a Oyster card) or from £17.80 one way and £24.30 round trip (without Oyster card) one way
  • Departure: every 15 min
  • Travel time: approximately 30 min

This trip is not included in the daily limit of the Oyster card.

Southern Train (from / to London Victoria station)

  • Price: £15.10 - £8.30 (with a Oyster card in rush hour - or not) or from £12 (without Oyster card) one way
  • Travel time: approximately 40 min

This trip is not included in the daily limit of the Oyster card.

The bus: EasyBus, National Express and Megabus

This option is the most economical!

EasyBus (from / to station West Brompton or Earls court)

  • Fare: from £2 one way (£9.99 at the airport counter)
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h15

National Express (from / to station Victoria Coach Station)

  • Price: from £10 one way and £16 round trip
  • Travel time: approximately 1h30

Megabus (from / to West Brompton or Park Royal)

  • Price: from £10 one way
  • Travel time: between 1h15

The taxi

This option is the most practical - but also the most expensive!

Black Cab

  • Price: approximately £110 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 5
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h40
  • Reservation: with the mobile application Gett

The Black Cabs are easily recognizable by their retro style - very British!

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Transport car with driver

  • Price: around £100 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 7 (depending on the type of vehicle)
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h40
  • Reservation: with the mobile applications Uber, ViaVan, Kapten, etc.

From / to London Luton Airport (LTN)

London Luton International Airport is located in Luton - 35 miles northwest of London.

There are 3 transfer options between London Luton airport and downtown London:

The train: First Capital Connect and East Midlands Train

Located at Luton Parkway station, the train is accessible by a free shuttle which connects the airport to the station.

This option is the fastest!

Allow around 10 minutes to reach the airport / train station by shuttle!

First Capital Connect (from / to King's Cross St Pancras or London Bridge station)

  • Fares: from £16 one way
  • Travel time: approximately 40 min

East Midlands Trains (to / from London Victoria Station)

  • Price: from £14 one way
  • Travel time: approximately 40 min

The bus: EasyBus and National Express

This option is the most economical!

EasyBus (from / to station Victoria Coach Station or Liverpool Street)

  • Price: from £1.95 one way
  • Journey time: approximately 1h
  • Authorized luggage volume: 1 suitcase of 23kg (H + W + L <158cm) + 1 piece of hand luggage of 5kg (H + W + L <90cm)

National Express (from / to station Victoria Coach Station or Paddington)

  • Price: from £7 one way
  • Departure: every 30 min
  • Journey time: 45 min to 1h45
  • Authorized luggage volume: 2 suitcases of 20kg + 1 hand luggage

Terravision (from / to Victoria Coach Station or Paddington)

  • From £10 one way
  • Departure: every 30 min
  • Journey time: 1h15 to 1h45
  • Authorized luggage volume: no restriction

It is advisable to book your ticket more than a month in advance to benefit from the best price!

From the airport, National Express coaches are located in front of the terminal at the stops 4, 5, 6 and 10.

The taxi

This option is the most practical - but also the most expensive!

Black Cab

  • Price: approximately £135 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 5
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h25
  • Reservation: with the mobile application Gett

The Black Cabs are easily recognizable by their retro style - very British!

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Transport car with driver

  • Price: around £70 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 7 (depending on the type of vehicle)
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h25
  • Reservation: with the mobile applications Uber, ViaVan, Kapten, etc.

From / to London Stansted Airport (STN)

Located 64 km north-east of London, London Stansted airport is not served by the metro.

There are 3 transfer options between London Stansted Airport and London city center:

The train: Stansted Express

This option is the fastest!

Stansted Express (from / to Tottenham Hale station or Liverpool Street)

  • Price: from £8 one way
  • Departure: every 15-30 min
  • Travel time: approximately 45 min

The bus: EasyBus, Terravision and National Express

This option is the most economical!

EasyBus (from / to Baker Street station)

  • Fare: from £2 one way (£9.99 at the airport counter)
  • Journey time: approximately 1h

Terravision (from / to Liverpool Street station, Victoria Coach Station or Stratford)

  • Fares: from £6 one way
  • Journey time: approximately 1h

National Express (from / to Liverpool Street station, Victoria Coach Station or intermediate stations)

  • Price: from £12 one way and £19 round trip
  • Departure: every 30 min
  • Travel time: approximately 1h30

The taxi

This option is the most practical - but also the most expensive!

Black Cab

  • Price: around £150 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 5
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h25
  • Reservation: with the mobile application Gett

The Black Cabs are easily recognizable by their retro style - very British!

Get £15 off your first 3 races with the promo code ALLTRIPPERS!

Transport car with driver

  • Price: around £80 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 7 (depending on the type of vehicle)
  • Duration of the journey: approximately 1h25
  • Reservation: with the mobile applications Uber, ViaVan, Kapten, etc.

From / to London Southend Airport (SEN)

Located 65 km east of London, London Southend airport is not served by the metro.

There are 3 transfer options between London Southend Airport and London City Center:

The train: Greater Anglia

This option is the fastest and the most economical!

Greater Anglia (from / to Liverpool Street Station or Stratford Station)

  • Price: from £13.20 one way
  • Travel time: 45 min to 1 hour

The ticket is half price for children under 15 and free for children under 5.

The bus

The coach is an option - but allow around 3h30 of journey!

The taxi

This option is the most practical - but also the most expensive!

Black Cab

  • Price: approximately £110 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 5
  • Travel time: approximately 1h50
  • Reservation: with the mobile application Gett

The Black Cabs are easily recognizable by their retro style - very British!

Get £15 off your first 3 races with the promo code ALLTRIPPERS!

Transport car with driver

  • Price: around £80 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 7 (depending on the type of vehicle)
  • Travel time: approximately 1h50
  • Reservation: with the mobile applications Uber, ViaVan, Kapten, etc.

From / to London City Airport (LCY)

Located 10 km east of London, London City Airport is the closest to London City Center.

There are 3 transfer options between London City Airport and London City Center:

The metro: DLR

DLR (from / to Canning Town station, Tower Gateway DLR Station or Stratford)

  • Price: £5 the trip
  • Travel time: approximately 40 min

The bus

Line 473 (from / to Stratford Bus station)

  • Price: £1.50 the trip (with a Oyster card)
  • Travel time: approximately 45 min

Line 474 (from / to Canning Town stop)

  • Price: £1.50 the trip (with a Oyster card)
  • Travel time: approximately 30 min

The taxi

This option is the most practical - but also the most expensive!

Black Cab

  • Price: around £35 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 5
  • Travel time: approximately 55 min
  • Reservation: with the mobile application Gett

The Black Cabs are easily recognizable by their retro style - very British!

Get £15 off your first 3 races with the promo code ALLTRIPPERS!

Transport car with driver

  • Price: approximately £25 the trip
  • Number of passengers: up to 7 (depending on the type of vehicle)
  • Travel time: approximately 55 min
  • Reservation: with the mobile applications Uber, ViaVan, Kapten, etc.