Transport from airport to London downtown
When planning your trip to London, you need to choose between four airports, namely London Heathrow Airport (LHR), Gatwick Airport (LGW), Stanstead Airport (STN) and Luton Airport (LTN).
The way to get to Central London from all these airports is the London bus service. The London bus service is very affordable, and it remains to be a very comfortable service for tourists. In addition, the bus stops are quite easy to locate. They are also present right in front of the airport for ease of access.
Airports also have railway links that lead into Central London. The train is slightly more expensive, but taking a bus directly from the airport is a tedious process as they are far outside the airport limits and therefore take longer to commute.
ATTENTION! If you are travelling by either train or bus from the airport to London, you will not be able to use an Oyster card or a Travel card. Instead, you will need to buy a standard ticket on the train or bus. The only exception is Heathrow Airport, from which runs a metro train underground so you can use your Oyster cards or Travel cards there. Other airports (Stanstead, Gatwick and Luton) are further away from London so they do not have underground metro services.
It is possible to purchase an Oyster Card when you arrive at the train station, this will give you access to the various tubes and metro lines at a single price, great if you plan to travel around a lot to see the sights. You will also find that there are various deals and offers on at various points of the year, so it has never been easier to save money on your trip. When planning your journey, you also need to make sure that you have your train times on hand, so you won’t be waiting for the corresponding train without knowing the time of arrival.
- Buy bus tickets through the internet beforehand, to save yourself time and money. The ticket will be emailed to you and you can then show it to the driver.
- If you are arriving at and departing from the same airport, you will save a great deal of money if you buy a return ticket straightaway.
If you arrive late in the evening then you must be quick enough to catch the last metro in order to get to Central London before midnight (the last bus leaves at around midnight).