How to get to London
London has six airports. The good news is that it’s easy to get from any of them to your destination in the city.
Heathrow Airport: If you’re arriving at Heathrow, you can take the Underground’s Piccadilly line to the city centre. The buses that run from the station at the airport mostly service the outlying areas of the city. However, the N9 bus is the night bus from Heathrow to Trafalgar Square, which is handy if you land after the Underground closes for the night. If you want to take an overground train, choose either the Heathrow Express or the Elizabeth line, both of which terminate at Paddington Station. You also have the option of taking a taxi, although they are expensive.
Gatwick Airport: The two most popular ways to get from Gatwick to London are coaches and the train. Coaches leave from the airport’s north and south terminals and terminate at London Victoria. As for trains, your options include the Gatwick Express as well as trains operated by Thameslink and Southern. Check their stops to find the train that is best for your needs.
Stansted Airport: Trains are the most popular way for travellers to get from Stansted to London. Other transport options include coaches and taxis. The two main train options are the Stansted Express, which terminates at London Liverpool Street, and a Greater Anglia train that goes via Tottenham Hale, where you can change trains for Stratford.
Luton Airport: The three most popular transport options from Luton to London are trains, coaches, and taxis. You’ll find Thameslink and East Midlands Trains from the airport to London’s St Pancras Station, which offers easy access to the Underground.
London City Airport: Located in the docklands, London City Airport is wonderfully central. You can get to the city centre using the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), which connects to overground and Underground stops, or you can take the 473 or 474 buses (although you’ll need to change to other buses to get to the city centre). You’ll also find a black cab rank outside the airport.
London Southend Airport: The quietest of the six airports, London Southend also has the fewest transport links. You can take a Greater Anglia train to Liverpool Street station, or you can take a taxi to the city centre.
Getting around London
London has fantastic transport options, so getting around the city is as easy as can be.
Underground: The London Underground, known as the Tube, is one of the fastest and most convenient ways of getting around. There are several different lines and around 270 stations. Some lines run 24/7, while others operate from 5am until midnight.
Overground: Developed in 2007, the Overground fills in most of the coverage gaps left by the Underground and National Rail services out of the capital.
DLR (Docklands Light Railway): A fully automated driverless railway, the DLR covers the docklands, which is the area east and southeast of central London.
Bus: London’s bus network is vast, and it coves the entire city. Buses also happen to be the cheapest form of public transport, although they are nowhere near as fast as the Underground.
River boat: Thames Clippers, under license from TfL, operates four river boat routes on the Thames between Putney and Woolwich – by far the most relaxing form of public transport in London.
Black cabs: London’s iconic black cabs are convenient, and their drivers certainly know how to navigate their way around the city.
Bicycle: Colloquially known as Boris Bikes, London’s bicycle rental system is a wonderful option in summer. A day’s access to the system costs £2, after which every ride of 30 minutes or less is free, with every additional 30-minute segment costing the same amount. If you check in your bike within 30 minutes, you could potentially spend all day riding around the city for £2.
Where to stay in London
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