Getting to and from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton airport



Getting to and from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton airport. By rail, bus or taxi.

Travelling to and from Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is 15 miles west of central London and easily reached by road or public transport.

1) Fastest: getting to and from Heathrow Airport - BY RAIL

a) Heathrow Express is a direct high-speed train connecting the airport and London Paddington Railway Station (where you will also find Paddington tube station on Bakerloo line). Trains run every 15 minutes, the trip to London Paddington station takes about 15 minutes. For prices and further information, please see www.heathrowexpress.com. Tip: Tickets purchased online are discounted (without discount ticket costs around £18, discounted ticket = £16.50).

b) Heathrow Connect: stopping service to London, calling at local stations in west London and reaching London Paddington Railway Stationin 26 minutes. Ticket costs around £8.50. For more information please visit www.heathrowconnect.com.

Useful info:
Heathrow rail network map
Travel between airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted)


2) Cheapest: getting to and from Heathrow Airport - by UNDERGROUND

London Underground's Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow Airport and the capital. Journey time is under an hour and you shouldn't have to wait longer than ten minutes for a train, even off-peak.
Heathrow has three London Underground stations, all are in Travelcard Zone 6. A single fare to central London costs approximately £5. If you purchase a Travelcard and you're covered for London buses and some mainline trains too. Tickets are available at all London Underground stations, from ticket offices or machines. Pre-paid Oyster cards can also be used on the London Underground.

Useful info:
Which ticket do I need? Travelcard or Oyster card? Find the relevant information here
Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 - timetables, journey planner etc.
Heathrow Terminal 4 - timetables, journey planner etc.
During the night the N9 bus connects Heathrow with central London. The service runs every 30 minutes from the central bus station (above the Underground station).


3) Door to door: getting to and from Heathrow Airport - by BUSES and TAXIS

Direct bus service operates between Heathrow terminals and a large number of hotels near the airport: "Hotel by Bus" ( www.hotelbybusheathrow.com).
Heathrow taxis, minicabs and chauffeurs... click here: www.heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions/taxis

Useful info:
Travel between Heathrow terminals
Heathrow car park map and directions
Heathrow parking options


Travelling to or from Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is easily reached by public transport or by road. It has a fantastic choice of transport links to central London, with options to suit all budgets, timetables and destinations.

1) Fastest: getting to and from Stansted Airport - by RAIL

The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes and reaches London Liverpool Street in 46 minutes. Trains depart from Stansted Airport rail station, situated directly below the terminal. London Underground connections are available at Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale. Trains depart every 15 minutes. Express class single fare £22.50 (£21.50 online booking). For London Underground services, change at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) or Liverpool Street (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines). For more details please check www.stanstedexpress.com.


2) Cheapest: getting to and from Stansted Airport - by BUSES

Stansted Airport's bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 06:00 to 01:00), in the coach station (24 hours, seven days a week) or on board. Bus fares and times are subject to change, so please confirm with the operator before you travel.

a) Service: easyBus - destination: Baker Street, London - frequency: up to every 20 min - journey time / fare: 75 min / from £2 - more information: www.easybus.co.uk/london-stansted

b) Service: National Express A6 - destination: London Victoria - frequency: up to every 10 min - journey time / fare: 85-100min / from £10.50 - more information: www.nationalexpress.com

c) Service: National Express A9 - destination: Stratford and London Liverpool Street - frequency: up to every 30 min - journey time / fare: 45-60min / from £8.50 - more information: www.nationalexpress.com

d) Service: Terravision A50 - destination: London Victoria - frequency: up to every 30 min - journey time / fare: 75 min / from £9 - more information: www.terravision.eu

e) Service: Terravision A51 - destination: London Liverpool Street - frequency: up to every 30min - journey time / fare: 55 min / from £9 - more information: www.terravision.eu

f) Service: Terravision A52 - destination: London Stratford - frequency: up to every 30 min - journey time / fare: 40 min / from £6 - more information: www.terravision.eu


3) Door to door: getting to and from Stansted Airport - by TAXIS

Find more info here

Useful info:
Travel between Stansted and Gatwick: use the Gatwick Flyer (airport shuttle)
Travel between airports
Stansted Airport parking


Travelling to or from Gatwick Airport

There are plenty of ways of getting from Gatwick to London. Compare journey times below:

1) Fastest: getting to and from Gatwick Airport - by RAIL

a) Gatwick Express - non-stop train service to Victoria Railway station runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes. London Underground connection at Victoria tube station (on the Victoria line). Fares: £18.90 (anytime single), online fare = £16.85. More info on www.gatwickexpress.com.

b) Southern Trains - Southern trains services to Victoria Railway station via East Croydon and Clapham Junction run four times an hour with a journey time of around 35 minutes. More info on www.southernrailway.com.

c) First Capital Connect - Services to London Bridge (railway and underground station) and St Pancras International (railway and underground station) run four times an hour with a journey time of between 30 and 45 minutes. More info on www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk.


2) Cheapest: getting to and from Gatwick Airport - by BUSES

easyBus - a low-cost frequent airport transfer service non-stop from Gatwick to London (and from London to Gatwick) with prices from £2. Buses depart every 15 minutes at peak times and run throughout the day and night from both North and South terminals to Earls Court/West Brompton in central London (where you will find West Brompton? tube station on District line). easyBus runs seven days a week except Christmas Day and can be used by any airline passenger. Find more info on www.easybus.co.uk/london-gatwick.

Useful info:Travel between airports. Find your travel options between Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports here.


Travelling to or from Luton Airport

There are plenty of ways of getting from Luton Airport to London. Compare journey times below:

1) Fastest: getting to and from Luton Airport - by RAIL

Regular rail services between Luton Airport Parkway train station and central London (St. Pancras international station) take as little as 21 minutes with East Midlands Trains (www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk) and 25 minutes with First Capital Connect (www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk). How to get to Luton Airport Parkway Station from the airport? There is a shuttle bus service operating between the station and the Luton airport (journey takes only 5 minutes).


2) Cheapest: getting to and from Luton Airport - by BUSES
  • EasyBus: www.easybus.co.uk - journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes, prices start from £2
  • National Express - find more details here
  • Greenline (service 757). Stops at Baker Street, Marble Arch and London Victoria. Find more info here.

Updated on 05/2012.



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