London is well known as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. Whether it’s the countless attractions or the London hotel special offers which bring you, your family, friends or colleagues here, there’s plenty to keep you coming back time after time. For a turnover of over 19 million tourists a year, there’s a lot of travel that needs to be accommodated for. That’s why London’s 6 airports are extensively linked right into the heart of the city, making each one handy and unique in their own rights.
If you’re visiting the Chillworth London Paddington then you already know about the handy links to Paddington train station, but travelling from further afield, how do you get to the cities from the main airports around London?
Heathrow is the largest London airport, bringing in six continents worth of passengers to its 5 terminals. Here you can find amazing transport links into the city, including a direct train to Paddington train station as well as Piccadilly Line underground services taking you into the city centre in under an hour. The Piccadilly line also has stations at each of the terminals in Heathrow, making travel even easier.
Gatwick airport is located south of London, and has two terminals. Being the second largest London airport, you can find many budget flights from Europe and the USA leaving from Gatwick. The South Eastern train services to Victoria pass through Gatwick, taking half an hour to get you into the city centre as well as East Croydon and Clapham Junction. The Gatwick Express takes you direct to Victoria.
One of the best airports in city for business travellers, London City Airport is located in east London and has direct transport links via the Dockland Light Railway right into the heart of Canada Water and Canary Wharf business sectors of the city. The airport also caters for two bus services, taking you to Stratford on the 473 and to Canning Town on the 474.
As the fourth largest airport in London, Luton airport not only caters to those travelling into east London but also to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire residents as well, making it the perfect commuter airport. You can reach Kings Cross Station from Luton airport in just over 20 minutes on the right train, using the East Midlands and Thameslink train services.
As London’s third busiest airport, Stansted airport serves as the UK base for Ryanair budget plane travel. This makes Stansted incredibly popular for Europe bound travellers, and it’s made even easier by the great Stansted Express services to Liverpool Street. What’s more, you can reach Tottenham Hale for the Victoria Line in under 25 minutes.
This Essex based airport serves destinations in Europe and Ireland and also has train links to Liverpool Street 8 times an hour, taking around an hour to get to on Abellio Greater Anglia services.
All the above airports have regular taxi services which can take you into London, if you have too much baggage for public transport.