London Airports

by Melanie Waldman  

London is the largest city in Europe and is served by five airports:

Heathrow and Gatwick are the two principal long-haul hubs
Stansted and Luton handle mainly low-cost European and package holiday flights
London City Airport serves UK domestic and western Europe short-haul flights

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Heathrow (LHR), about 20 miles west of central London, is the largest of the five. Be prepared for crowds, lines and in many cases, great restaurants and shopping.

To get from Heathrow to central London:

Underground (Tube)
Heathrow Connect
Heathrow Express
National Express

Black cabs/taxis are also available, outside all five terminals.

>>Flights into Heathrow Airport

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Gatwick (LGW) is the second busiest London airport, located 28 miles south of the center of the city, near Crawley in Surrey.

To get from Gatwick to central London:

Gatwick Express
Southern Railway
First Capital Connect
National Express
Easy Bus

Black cabs/taxis are also available, outside both North and South terminals.

>>Flights into Gatwick Airport

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Stansted (STN) is London’s third busiest airport, and though it has only one runway, serves more European destinations than any other airport in the world. Located 35 miles east of central London.

To get from Stansted to central London:

Stansted Express
National Express East Anglia
National Express
Terravision Express Shuttle
Easy Bus

Black cabs/taxis are also available outside the terminal.

>>Flights into Stansted Airport

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Luton (LTN) is located approximately 30 miles to the north of London. Luton Airport Parkway train station is close to the airport and a regular shuttle bus connects the two.

To get from Luton to central London:

First Capital Connect
East Midlands Trains
Green Line
Easy Bus

Black cabs/taxis are also available outside the terminal.

>>Flights into Luton Airport

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London City (LCY) The only airport actually in London, LCY¬†is the UK’s leading business airport, serving over 30 destinations across the UK and Europe and connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.

To get from London City to central London:

Docklands Light Railway
There is no bus or coach service to LCY

Black cabs/taxis are also available outside the terminal.

>>Flights into London City Airport

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