The following pages are designed to help you reach London from local airports. If you need extra help with your journey to and from London airports please do not hesitate to contact us.
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London Heathrow Airport is situated approximately 16 miles away from central London. Your first travelling option is to take coach service which goes to predestined locations. Good points - very cheap, bad points - possibility of getting stuck on the roads depending on your time and day of arrival. London traffic on Mondays and Fridays is usually very congested. From central London (Oxford Circus) journey time is approximately 60 minutes, frequency is every 30 minutes. National Express Coaches
Second option is Heathrow Express - direct train service from Heathrow airport that goes to Paddington Station where just outside station you can take a London black cab. Trains run every 15 min. and it takes approx. 15 min to reach London. It is more expensive way to travel compared to the Coach option. Heathrow Express - Paddington Station (journey time is 15 minutes to Terminals 1 and 3 - 20 minutes to Terminal 4, frequency is every 15 minutes). At the present time fares for the Express Class are: Single - 16.50 pounds, Return - 32.00 and for the First Class: Single - 26.00 pounds, Return - 50.00 pounds. These prices are available only on-line. From Ticket machine/office you will be expected to pay 1.00 pound extra for each ticket. First train runs from 05:10 am, last at 23:25 pm (Monday to Sunday). For timetable and prices call Paddington Express on: 0845 600 15 15. Consider using an airport transfer company if your party consists of two or more travellers. Its worth your money and your time.
Third travelling option is to take normal London underground train (Piccadilly line in this case) from which later on you can take a different line and go wherever you have to go. This is the cheapest option. The train journey will depend on the train services and how often they run that particular day. Trains tend to be overcrowded in the morning and the afternoon rush hour so please allow extra time for travel. www.tfl.gov.uk
Fourth option is to take London black cab. These guys train for years to achieve their legendary status so we suggest that you take at least one trip with them whilst you are in London.
Fifth option is to book London minicab or even a professional chauffeuring service. Your driver can wait for you at the airport and drive you to your destination. This option is cheaper then taking a black cab but more expensive than Paddington Express.
Gatwick Airport is located approximately 30 miles (48km) away from central London. There is no Paddington Express train service but you can take the Gatwick Express that runs all the way to the Victoria station in London from where it is very easy to go anywhere you want to. At the present time fares for the Express Class are: Single - 16.90 pounds, Return - 28.70 and for the First Class: Single - 24.50 pounds, Return - 48.00 pounds. Train journey time is approximately 30-45 minutes, frequency is every 30 minutes. London underground train services are not available for Gatwick airport. Coaches, black cabs and minicabs should be considered as your travelling option.
London City airport - Take the Tube (Jubilee Line) or DLR to Canning Town for connecting bus service. Shuttle bus service also run from Liverpool Street Station and Canary Wharf Tube and DLR stations.
Stansted airport is distanced 40 miles (64km) from Central London. By Train: Stansted Express services run every 15 minutes (30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays) from Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale rail stations, Airbus A6 departs from Victoria Coach Station, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Baker Street hourly or more frequently. The coach journey time will last 90 minutes depending on the London traffic.
At the present time fares for the Stansted Express Class are: Single - 18.80 pounds, Return - 26.70 and for the First Class: Single - 30.70 pounds, Return - 44.00 pounds.
Luton airport - Situated approximately 33 miles (52km) from Central London. Thameslink rail services run from London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, King`s Cross or West Hampstead (Thameslink) to Luton Airport Parkway Station for the connecting bus service. Green Line coaches run from Victoria (Buckingham Palace Road), Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, George Street and Baker Street. Coaches run approximately every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximately 90 minutes (depending on your starting point). Airport transfers : Consider using an airport transfer company if your party consists of two or more travellers. The journey will be considerately faster compared to traveling by coach.
Well, you have made it. You are in London so now let us explain about travel within the city. There are 6 Zones in the city and if you are taking underground trains (Tube) you will have to buy tickets depending where you want to go. The cheapest and easiest way to travel is to buy a weekly ticket thay you can use on the buses too. It gives you double mobility and value.
Please note: When boarding buses in West End you are expected to buy tickets before you enter the bus. There are machines located next to bus stop that allows you to do so. You have to have exact money for bus ticket as you will not receive change. You will not be allowed to board the bus if you do not present ticket. Tube prices and timetable.
The London Underground is the oldest underground railway in the world. The first tube line opened in 1863 and the carriages were pulled by steam engines. At the moment the London tube is the longest underground railway in the world. If the weather is nice and you have time please take a trip on the Docklands Light Railway (part of Tube Network) as it will give you a magnificent view of the River Thames and the part of town called Docklands. The line is mostly above ground so you can enjoy some fantastic views of the city and its waterfront.
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