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London – Air Travel

London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Europe’s largest airport and the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger movement, with services from most available major airports world-wide. Flights landing in Heathrow often are delayed by up to an hour as a simple result of air traffic congestion and waiting for parking slots. As a result of Heathrow’s size and overcrowding, disembarking the plane can also take considerably longer than at London’s other airports.

Getting to Heathrow Airport
Taxi: Follow the signs in each terminal Arrivals areas for a taxi.
Travel time to central London 45-60 minutes.

Train: Heathrow has two rail services to central London. In addition to the London Underground ( “the tube” ) is the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington station.

Bus: The Airbus links Heathrow Terminals with many London hotels and some main line rail stations. Departures every 20 – 30 minutes, travel time around 60-75 minutes.

London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

London’s second airport, also serving a large spectrum of places world-wide.

Getting to the Gatwick Airport
Taxi: Journey time to central London 60-70 minutes
Train: A number of train services run direct from Gatwick Airport
Station into London.

Direct services to London Victoria station.
Gatwick Express trains run every 15 minutes from 05:20 to 00:50 and hourly overnight. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Information line: 0870 530 1530.

Connex South Central’s service to Victoria at 35 minutes takes a little longer but is cheaper. There are four trains each hour, Monday to Friday, with hourly service overnight.

Bus: There is a frequent Airbus service, the A5, to Victoria coach station, London. The first service departs the North Terminal at 05.15, the last at 21.50. During the day there is an hourly service departing the North Terminal at 50 minutes past the hour.

Departures from the South Terminal are 5 minutes later. Journey time is around 90 minutes.

Other Airports
Stansted (STN)

Currently London’s third airport, the base for a large number of budget carriers and flights within Europe and a few inter-continental flights.

London Luton (LTN)

Traditionally a holiday charter airport, but is now also served by some budget scheduled carriers.

London City Airport (LCY)

A commuter airport close to the city’s financial district, and specializing in short-haul business flights to other major European cities.

London Southend Airport (SEN)

Currently undergoing redevelopment and is set to become London’s sixth international airport once the new rail link is completed. At present it serves destinations in the British isles only.


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