You can move around London in many ways. It depends on how much time you have and what is your route. Find transportation that fits your current needs.
Transport from the airport to London
Most London airports are tens of kilometers from the city. How to can you comfortably get to central London?
You can rent a car or take a taxi at each airport. Another variant is public transport.
Heathrow is about 15 miles (24 km) from central London. Get to town the fastest trains Heathrow Express. Departing from Terminals 2, 3 and 5 towards Paddington Station. One-way price The ticket varies between £ 22 to £ 25 depending on the time of departure. Significantly you save with an online ticket.
Another option is the London Underground. The Piccadilly Line connects all terminals and passes through central London. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes. In addition, you will save significantly compared to the train. You pay at peak hours maximum £ 6, off-peak only around £ 3. If you don’t have an Oyster Card either ready cash, you can conveniently pay by contactless payment card.
Luton is slightly further than Heathrow, 54 km from London. The airport is used mainly by low cost airlines. To the center The fastest way to get there by train, the journey takes about 40 minutes and prices Tickets vary depending on the carrier. It will take you to the train station shuttle bus, the station is not directly at the terminal.
If you prefer bus transport, you can use the company again National Express. The journey takes approximately hour and half.
Train and buses run 24 hours a day.
Stansted is about 56 km from London. Once you get off the plane, follow the navigation boards that will take you to the trains and buses by 5 minutes.
The fastest way to get to the city is the Stansted Express train, ticket prices They start at £ 10 for a one-way ticket when shopping online.
Gatwick is located about 46 km south of London. You can get to the center by train metropolis the fastest.
The most used company is Gatwick Express. The fastest the connection will take you to Victoria Station in half an hour. In addition, trains run in at short intervals, and also at night. Prices start at £ 15.40 for one way.
If you are looking for a cheaper option, use bus transport and carriers easyBus nebo National Express. But count on that traveling by bus will take you more time - one trip takes at least an hour and half depending on the current traffic. For a ticket purchased shortly before prepare at least £ 9 for departure. If you shop in advance, you will arrive at a lower price.
London City (LCY)
London City Airport is one of the most accessible in the capital, located just 9.5 km east of central London. Thanks to a single smaller terminal, the check-in process is much faster than at larger London airports. However, due to the residential development and the shorter runway, it can only accommodate smaller aircraft. You can get to the center by bus, subway or DLR. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is an overhead system that connects East London with the London Underground network. This is the fastest and most convenient transfer from the airport. Trains run every 15 minutes and take you to the city center in 20 minutes. Tickets start at £ 2.80 and can be purchased at the DLR counter at the terminal building. If you are a fan of buses, you can take line 473 (Stratford, Silvertown, North Woolwich and Prince Regent DLR Station) or 474 (Canning Town, North Woolwich and East Beckton via Silvertown). When traveling by bus, you will find the Oyster Card useful, so you can travel all over London conveniently.
Types of transport in London
London, like any major city, has an extensive public transport network. If you just don’t prefer the typical black taxis that pay better if more people pay the bill, take the subway or the legendary red buses.
Did you know that the London Underground is the oldest in the world? And it is one of the most popular vehicles today! The system is similar to ours, just with more of lines. There are a total of eleven. But no worries, just a day and you will to orient as a native Londoner. The most convenient way to travel is with the so-called Oyster Card, which you can top up at each metro station if necessary. Plus her you can also use it for other types of transport.
Who doesn’t know the iconic red double deckers that are a symbol of London already since the 19th century? There are more than 700 bus lines! You can save money by bus compared to the metro, but the journey can take longer. Especially during peak hours.
Other modes of transport
In recent years, double deckers with a special platform at the rear, which allows boarding and alighting from the bus, have been returning to operation.When traffic crashes, get off and use the cheapest mode of transportation - walk! If you want to speed up your progress, you can also rent a bike.
Call and take a typical black taxi or get a car to rent. But remember that you will have to get used to driving on the left side.