Getting There in London

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A cruise ship near Tower Bridge

A cruise ship near Tower Bridge

Joseph Hollick

By bus or train:  Traveling from abroad, visitors will arrive at Victoria train station ( which serves the English channel ports, or its coach station, some hundred yards south down Buckingham Place Road or at Waterloo, whose international rail terminal serves Eurostar trains using the Channel Tunnel.

If you arrive by train from elsewhere in Great Britain, you will reach one of London's numerous mainline stations, which are all connected directly with the city's underground network.

By air: London has six international airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City (, and Southend ( All of them are less than an hour from the city centre. Just over an hour from the city centre are Southampton and Birmingham international airports.

Heathrow: twelve miles west of the city. Here you have various possibilities to reach the city centre: the Picadilly underground line (takes about 50 min to the centre), either the smart, fast but expensive Heathrow Express rail - which connects the airport to Paddington station - or one of the two Airbus services. No. 1 runs south of Hyde Park to Victoria station, No. 2 follows a more northern line to terminate at King's Cross Station. After midnight you should take night bus No. 97.

Gatwick: thirty miles south of the city, has a nonstop Express rail service from and to Victoria Train Station (journey time 30 min, runs every 15 min). Other trains operated by South Central, usually making two stops before Victoria, are slower but cheaper. Flightline buses depart for Victoria Coach Station from Gatwick's North and South terminals.

Stansted: smaller airport, 34 miles northeast of the capital. It is served by Skytrain trains to Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale, where you can connect with London's underground services. Flightline coaches also run a daily service.

Luton: London's smallest and least congested airport, Luton is mostly used by private jets, although two airlines have their home there: EasyJet who offer discount flights to continental Europe and Silverjet who fly low fare business class to New York and Dubai. Luton is 2 miles from the M1 motorway, 45 minutes by car from central London and 5 minutes from Luton Parkway rail station, which has a 22-minute service to London St. Pancras station, which is also the terminus for the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. Other trains connect to all points in the UK. Bus No. 757 runs directly to Marble Arch and Victoria (journey time about 85 min).

Top Airlines to London

British Airways is the national flagship carrier. It offers more nonstop flights to London than any other carrier -- especially from the U.S. Other top airlines to London include: American Airlines (, Continental (, Delta (, Northwest Airlines (, United Airlines (, US Airways (, and Virgin Atlantic (

By Ferry

Arriving by ferry is a very easy way to get to England from France. Calais to Dover is a very convenient way to get to England and about an hour away from London. This is by far the best way to get to England from France. Book a space for you, your family and your car at the port, up to 30 minutes before departure.

May 17, 2008 change by mcburton (1 point)
August 07, 2005 change by reen

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