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- Posted:Monday, February 4, 2013
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Travel Tip: Getting to and from London airports to the city
London is one of the busiest cities we know where thousands of people come and go through its many airports every day. After a few visits to London over the years we’ve passed through nearly all of its airports (London City Airport is next for arrival!) and we have researched the quickest along with the cheapest means of travelling from the airport into London City, and back again. Here’s what we’ve come up with:
Heathrow: The Heathrow Express to Paddington departs every 15 minutes and is a 15 minute journey, although this costs £20 one way/ £34 return. The cheaper option is the tube which costs approximately £5 one-way and goes from Heathrow to Piccadilly Circus. If you have been to London before and have a travel card/ Oyster card then you can credit these and use them here.
Gatwick: The Gatwick Express to Victoria Station is the quickest way into the city after landing in Gatwick. These non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and the journey takes 30/35 minutes. A single fare cost approx £20 and return will set you back £35 (book online to save a couple of pounds).
There are also a couple of other trains that stop at Gatwick with the cheapest of these being the Southern Services. You can also take a bus or coach from Gatwick with easyBus or National Express. These journeys can take anything from one hour to 90 minutes. A single fare will start at roughly £7, with some companies offering lower promotional fares.
Stansted: The Stansted Express to Liverpool Street is the easiest way into London City with trains departing every 15 minutes. The journey takes about 45 minutes and a single fare costs about £24 and approx £33 return.
There’s also a whole host of bus and coach services running to Stansted with drop offs around the city. These buses can take anything from 45 – 100 minutes and a single fare will start at roughly £9, with some companies offering lower promotional fares.
London Luton: Take the Thameslink train to London Bridge which will take roughly 40 minutes. You can also take one of many trains into the city to Kings Cross/ St Pancras which costs about £12/ £20 return and the journey takes about 30 minutes.
London City Airport: As the name suggest, this airport is in fact in the city, in east London to be precise. You can take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which departs every 8 to 15 minutes. You can also avail of buses 473 and 474, just plan you journey using the Transport for London journey planner.