London airports and the choices of public transport into the city centre

London Underground train in a station

There are 6 airports that are called ‘London’ airports, but some are actually a long way from the centre of London – often over 50km (31 miles).

To make it simpler to choose the best way to get into the city, these are the public transport options from each airport to central London. Public transport can be faster than driving (traffic levels can be high).

The prices shown here are standard prices. Sometimes you can save more by buying advance tickets.

Note: Services marked with [*] can be paid with a London Travelcard or special London transport app, which can also save money.

London City. This airport is 14km (9 miles) from central London.

  • DLR (Docklands Light Railway)*: <£5, takes 21 minutes to Bank underground station.
  • Bus 474, then 115*: <£2, takes 60 minutes to Aldgate East station.

 

London Heathrow. This airport is 27km (17 miles) from central London.

  • Heathrow Express train: from £22, takes 15-20 minutes to Paddington.
  • TfL Rail*: from £10, takes 31-49 minutes to Paddington.
  • Underground train*: >£5, takes 34 minutes to Earl’s Court (Piccadilly line).
  • National Express coach: from £5, takes 40 minutes to Victoria Coach Station.

 

London Gatwick. This airport is 50km (31 miles) from central London.

 

London Luton. This airport is 53km (33 miles) from central London.

  • Normal train (take a bus to the train station, Luton Airport Parkway): from £15, takes 48-56 minutes to London Bridge.
  • Normal train (take a bus to the train station, Luton Airport Parkway): from £15, takes 24 minutes to St Pancras International.
  • National Express coach: from £11, takes 43-78 minutes. To Baker Street Station.

 

London Stansted. This airport is 64km (40 miles) from central London.

 

London Southend. This airport is 69km (43 miles) from central London.

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