The Definitive London Travel Guide HTML version

London's international airports are all less than an hour from the
city centre, and the city's train and bus terminals are all pretty
central, and have tube stations close at hand.
Flying into London, you'll arrive at one of the capital's five
international airports : Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or
City Airport.
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Heathrow , twelve miles west of the city, has four terminals, and
two train/tube stations: one for terminals 1, 2 and 3, and a
separate one for terminal 4. The high-speed Heathrow Express
trains travel non-stop to Paddington Station (every 15min; 15-
20min) for £12 each way or £22 return. A much cheaper
alternative is to take the slow Piccadilly Underground line into
central London (every 2-5min; 50min) for £3.50. If you plan to
make several sightseeing journeys on your arrival day, buy a
multi-zone One-Day Travelcard for £4.70. There is also Airbus
#2, which runs from outside all four Heathrow terminals to
several destinations in the city (every 30min; 1hr) and costs £7
single, £12 return. From midnight, you'll have to take night bus
#N97 to Trafalgar Square (every 30min; 1hr 10min) for a bargain
£1.50. Taxis are plentiful, but cost at least £35 to central
London, and take around an hour (longer in the rush hour).
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Gatwick , thirty miles to the south, has two terminals, North and
South, connected by a monorail. The non-stop Gatwick
Express train runs day and night between the South Terminal
and Victoria Station (every 15-30min; 30min) for £9.50. Other
options include the Connex South Central service to Victoria
(every 30min; 40min) for £8.20, or Thameslink to King's Cross
(every 15-30min; 50min) for £9.50. Airbus #5 runs from both
terminals to Victoria Coach Station (hourly; 1hr 30min) and costs
£8 single, £10 return. A taxi ride into central London will set you
back £50 or more, and take at least an hour.
Stansted , London's swankiest international airport, lies 34
miles northeast of the capital, and is served by the Stansted
Express to Liverpool Street (every 15-30min; 45min), which
costs £12 single, £22 return. Airbus #6 or #7 also runs to
Victoria Coach Station (hourly; 1hr 15min), and costs £8 single,
£10 return. A taxi into central London will cost £50 or more, and
take at least an hour.
Luton airport (tel 01582/405100; is
roughly thirty miles north of the city centre, and mostly handles