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