London has five airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City Airport. The busiest is Heathrow which is where the majority of long haul flights arrive. Some land in Gatwick also while the others are used mainly by flights coming in from other European countries.
All are connected to the city by either train and/or bus.
Heathrow: The Heathrow Express to Paddington departs every 15 minutes and is a 15 minute journey, although this costs £16.50 one way/£32 return. The cheaper option is the tube which costs approximately £4 one-way and goes from Heathrow to Piccadilly Circus.
Gatwick: The Gatwick Express to Victoria Station costs £16.90 one-way/£28.80 return. They depart every 15 minutes and the journey takes 35 minutes. The cheapest way is on the Southern Services train which is £9 one-way.
Stansted: This is the aiport used by most budget airlines. The Stansted Express to Liverpool Street station costs £19 one-way/£28.80 return. It leaves every 15 minutes and takes three quarters of an hour. A cheaper option is a bus service to Victoria bus station run by Terravision. Taking 90 minutes, a one-way journey costs £9 single/£14 return.
London Luton: Take the Thameslink train to Kings Cross - 40 min journey every 10 mins.
London City Airport: Take the blue and white Airbus to Liverpool Street Station - 30 min journey every 10 mins.
If you travel to London by train you will arrive in one of 10 stations which serve different areas of the UK. Each station is located within the city centre.
Charing Cross:South–Eastern England
Euston:Northern and north-western England, Scotland
King’s Cross:Northern and north-eastern Scotland, Scotland
Liverpool Street:Stansted Airport, East Anglia
London Bridge: South-eastern England
Paddington:South Wales, western and south-western England, Heathrow Airport, Midlands
St Pancras:Midlands, southern Yorkshire
Victoria:Southern England, Gatwick Airport
Waterloo:Southern England, Paris and Brussels from the Eurostar train (Channel Tunnel).
The majority of long-distance buses usually depart from Victoria Coach Station. The arrival terminal is a separate building across the road on Elizabeth Street.
On foot: Even though London is so big, you can still visit many places of interest on foot. Places such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square are all within walking distance of each other. But using the tube is essential in any tourists quest to see as much of the city as possible so make sure to buy a travelcard (see below).
By tube and train: The London Underground (or tube) is fast, efficient but can get crowded. The first trains begin around 6am and the final one is at midnight. Before travelling you must buy a ticket as you must use these to pass through turnstiles at every station. The best ticket to buy is an off-peak travelcard for zones 1 and 2 (city centre). If you you’re going to be there for three or more days, enquire about an ‘Oyster Card’.
An over-ground train network also operates throughout London, connecting the city with London’s more distant suburbs.
By bus: London is famous for its red double-decker busses. One-way bus fares in central London cost £1.50. They are covered with travelcards.
By taxi: London’s black cabs are just as instantly recognisable as the red double-decker buses, although ironically they now come in 12 different colours. You can get a taxi anywhere in the city but they can be expensive.