Negotiating London’s Airports

The city of London is served by 5 main airports – Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, City Airport and Gatwick. Which airport a visitor uses typically will depend on where the flight is coming in from or going to, or which airline one uses. Heathrow, the busiest London airport, has connections to scores of cities internationally, and is serviced by dozens of airlines. In 2011, almost 1.5 passengers used the airport. Because of its size, Heathrow offers probably the widest variety of transportation options for getting in and out of the city.

Travelers wishing to stay near the airport can choose from the many hotels Heathrow Airport has in it’s vicinity. There are even hotels located in the airport itself. Airport hotels can be particularly convenient for those departing on early flights – getting from the centre of the city to the airport in time for an 8am flight can be a major hassle (unless you’re willing to fork out the cash for a taxi – and taxis aren’t cheap in London). The same applies to the other London airports – all have accommodations nearby, and all are some distance away from the centre. A taxi ride can cost 50 GBP or more, so it’s often a good idea to make use of airport accommodations when departing London.

In general, getting to and from London airports is relatively easy and inexpensive. All the airports have public transportation options. Many Heathrow and London Gatwick airport hotels offer shuttle services to the airports and to the city, so getting in and out of the centre is generally not a problem. Many visitors actually prefer to stay in airport hotels for the duration of their visits, owing to convenience and relatively low prices. For more information on transportation options, visit the London Journey Planner website.


March 20, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Travel

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