How to get to London from the airport

There are several airports that you can fly in and out of when visiting London. Thankfully, they’re super easy to get to from Central London by tube, train, coach or bus. So, wherever you touch down, you can be sure to be in the city centre within an hour.

There are five main airports to choose from in London: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick AirportLondon City Airport, Luton Airport, and Stansted Airport.

Heathrow Airport

  • The Heathrow Express costs around £34* return (if bought before boarding the train) and takes you directly to London Paddington in just 15 minutes, with trains leaving every 15 minutes. It’s super simple and fuss-free.
  • The Heathrow Connect costs around £20* return and takes you to from the airport to Paddington in 30 minutes, with trains leaving every 30 minutes.
  • Taking the underground is the cheapest way to get to and from Heathrow, but it takes a bit longer than the other options. It's just under an hour from Central London on the Piccadilly line.
  • You can also travel to and from Heathrow by National Express coach. For the cheapest fares, book early.
  • If you find yourself at Heathrow Airport, late at night or early in the morning, why not check in at one of our nearby hotels

Gatwick Airport

  • If you’re travelling from Gatwick, the Gatwick Express will get you to London Victoria in a non-stop 30 minutes, with trains leaving every 15 minutes. If you buy your ticket at the station it costs around £35* return, but you can save a few pounds by booking online in advance.
  • There’s also a local train service that’s cheaper, but takes longer (around 45 minutes) and is less frequent.
  • The easyBus is a coach service that runs between Gatwick Airport and central London and it may save you more money (if booked in advance), but will take closer to an hour.
  • Why not check in to one of our Gatwick Airport Hotels?

London Luton Airport

  • The easiest and cheapest way to get into London from Luton Airport is either by bus or train. The train runs to and from St Pancras International every 20 minutes approximately, and is also connected to the London Underground and Overground.
  • The train will take you to Luton Airport Parkway Station, and there’s a quick six-minute bus ride from there to the airport. Make sure your train ticket includes the transfer from Luton Airport Parkway to the airport otherwise you’ll have to buy a separate bus ticket. The National Rail site is the best place to check the train times and buy tickets, or you could see if you can save any money booking on thetrainline.
  • Travelling by National Express coach will cost around £15* one-way and will take about an hour from London Victoria. Ticket prices vary depending how far in advance you book.
  • You'll find a number of our conveniently located hotels near London Luton Airport.

London City Airport

  • The best and cheapest way to travel to and from City Airport is by Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which is part of the London Underground – check it out on your Tube map.
  • You could always stay in one of our conveniently located hotels near London City Airport.

London Stansted Airport

  • The quickest way to get from Stansted Airport to central London is by the Stansted Express that travels between the airport and Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale, or Stratford.
  • There are four trains every hour and it takes around 50 minutes and costs around £33* return, but if you book online there are deals for groups of two and four people.
  • There’s also the option to travel via coach. It may be cheaper, but it can also take longer and will, of course, be affected by traffic. 

London Southend Airport

You can catch a train between Southend Airport Rail Station and either London Liverpool Street (53 minutes) or Stratford Station (44 minutes). There are around eight trains leaving every hour during busy periods. A return ticket costs around £16*. You could always stay in one of our conveniently located hotels close to London Southend Airport.