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Air Travel in Cental London Getting into and out of the capital via the friendly skies should be no problem with London’s five multi-destination airports.

Heathrow [map] is the UK's main airport and is London’s largest. Located on the western outskirts of the city, Heathrow is also one of Europe’s leading international hubs. Around 63 million passengers from all over the world travel through Heathrow’s four (soon to be five) terminals every year.

Heathrow is only 15 miles outside the centre of London and is well connected with the public transport system. You can take the Heathrow Express train to/from Paddington Station in the centre of London. The tube also has two stations for Heathrow on the Piccadilly Line, which connect directly from Kings Cross.

Getting to Heathrow in a car is a straightforward journey on the M25 then onto the M4, however traffic is the biggest drawback. The M25 is especially notorious and so you should leave plenty of time to get there unless travelling in the wee hours of the morning. A taxi from central London to Heathrow will cost around £50.

Gatwick [map] is London’s second biggest airport and also serves destinations around the world. The airport itself is located 28 miles south of London but again is easy to get to by using the public transport system.

Trains to Gatwick go from Victoria station in central London and take around 30 minutes. Gatwick is not part of the tube network however with more than 400 bus and coach services to the airport getting to and from Gatwick from anywhere in the country should not be a problem. Most bus and coach services go to/from the South Terminal.

Gatwick is also well equipped for those wanting to get there with their own four wheels. Getting there involves taking the M23 then the A23
London-Brighton Road. Once there the airport caters for both short and long stay parkers with the minimum charge being around £2 and special rates for drivers taking weekend getaways.

For a low cost getaway Stansted [map], eight miles to the north west of London, is where to be. Ryanair, Easyjet and many other airlines fly to sunshine destinations and European capitals from Standstead’s single terminal.

From Standstead’s train station located below the airport terminal you can easily get into London as well as direct services to further afield locales including Cambridge and Birmingham.

Sun-seekers looking for hassle-free escapes will find themselves regularly frequenting Luton [map] airport. With destinations mainly encompassing Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Greece and Italy, Luton can get particularly busy during the school summer holidays.

Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham all have National Express coach connections to Luton and getting to and from central London can also be done by coach (Greenline service 757 from Victoria and Baker Street).

For a convenient landing pad within the city itself there’s London City
Airport [map]
. Just three miles from Canary Wharf on the east side of London and ten miles from London’s West End you can fly to the major destinations across the UK and Europe.

The airport links to the city via shuttle buses from three tube stations -
Canary Wharf, Canning Town and Liverpool Street station, the closest being Canning Town which is just a five-minute ride away.

Prices vary from central London but if you are taking a taxi from east London’s Britannia Hotel it will cost around £10.


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