Living In London Airport Transfers

Depending on the airport you arrive at you will either be getting the tube or overground train into central London, or wherever else you are headed. The overground network is equally as extensive as the tube, and there are a number of train stations throughout London from which you can pretty much travel to anywhere – from other cities and towns in the UK to international destinations like Brussels or Paris. This map shows the entire living in London airport transfers network and the zone split.

If you have flown directly from Australia, Asia or North America you will have landed at either Heathrow or Gatwick airports (with the exception of Air Asia which flies into Stansted airport). But if you have travelled through Europe you may come into any one of the smaller airports London City, Luton or Stansted. Here’s a breakdown of the best travel route from each airport into central London:

Living In London Airport Transfers

  • Heathrow – The cheapest way to get into central London if you’re not in a rush is by far the tube (Piccadilly line) – a single journey on an Oyster card is £4.50 but it will take you about an hour to get there. Alternatively you could catch the Heathrow Express train into Paddington station which takes only 20 minutes but will set you back £18 one way. Then there’s the iconic black cab – but you’ll pay for the experience, a journey from Heathrow can be upwards of £60  and if there’s a lot of traffic this could easily double, so be careful!
  • Gatwick – Unfortunately the tube network doesn’t extend to Gatwick, but there’s an overground train station attached to the airport so it’s really easy to get yourself to where you need to be. A single journey to Victoria station through Southern Railways will cost you £12.50, whereas a Gatwick Express ticket will be £16
  • London City – This is a small airport in London’s east and it’s accessible on the ‘Docklands Light Rail’ network which connects with the tube, and you can use your Oyster card too. The airport has it’s own station and will take you into either Bank or Tower Bridge stations on the tube network for £2.50.
  • Luton – Luton is located out of London in Hertfordshire, and hence not on the tube line. You can either train with First Capital Connect (£12.50) or bus with National Express (£15) into central London (Victoria and Kings Cross stations, respectively), which will take you around 2 hours. EasyBus also runs services into numerous centrally located tube stations for as little as £7 if you book early.
  • Stansted – Like Luton, Stansted is located out of London. This airport is in the shire of Essex and runs an express train service into Liverpool Street station for £21 which takes around 50 minutes, or if you are on a budget companies such as Terravision and EasyBus have deals for as low as £7 on some routes into central London.
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