Why write about Transport options from London airports to central London?

It’s London, surely you just get a cab don’t you?  Straight from the terminal to your cosy hotel, hostel or apartment.

Oh I wish it was that simple!  Whilst London has an abundance of airports for the most part the ‘London’ label is a little white lie, the majority aren’t even inside the m25 (greater London).  Take a look at the map below if you don’t believe me.  That’s why I write about Transport options from London airports to central London, because chance are of you’re visiting London chances are you’ll be staying fairly centrally, probably within that little red diamond area, and you’ll need a way of getting there that isn’t a cab costings hundreds of £’s.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to have a rant, but to tell you about your options, to details the different Transport options from London airports to central London, tell you how exactly you can get from the different airports to your place of rest.

Lets do this!

Transport from London airports

Transport from Heathrow Airport to central London

Method Company From  To Costs Journey time Comments Link
Underground

Transport for London Heathrow, all terminals Any london Underground station Avg £5 single Dependant on start location. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 located between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5 Transport for London 
Train

Heathrow Express Heathrow, terminals 1, 2 and 3 Paddington £18 is the cheapest single when booked in advance online 15 – 20 mins Heathrow Express
Train

Heathrow Connect Heathrow, terminals 1, 2 and 3 Paddington £9.10 single 20 mins Also supply trains to west London – Ealing, Hayes, Hanwell and Southall Heathrow Connect
Coach National Express Central Bus Station. London Victoria From £6 30 – 60 mins The bus station is located between terminals 1,2 and 3.  From terminals 4 and 5 catch Heathrow Connect to the central bus station. National Express – Heathrow
Coach Terravsion Central Bus Station. Paddington £18 15 – 30 mins Terravision – Heathrow

Transport from Gatwick Airport to central London

Method Company From  To Costs Journey time Comments Link
Train

Gatwick Express/Terravsion Gatwick south Victoria £16.85 cheapest when booked online 30 mins free shuttle runs to Gatwick north Terravision – Gatwick
Train

First Capital Connect Gatwick south London Bridge £10 avg single 30 mins free shuttle runs to Gatwick north First Capital Connect
Coach Easybus Gatwick north or south terminal Earls Court Advertised from £2, avg £10 80 mins open to all passengers, not just easyjet passengers Easybus – Gatwick
Coach National Express Gatwick north or south terminal Victoria £9 80 mins National Express -Gatwick

Transport from Stansted Airport to central London

Method Company From  To Costs Journey time Comments Link
Train

Stansted Express Standsted Liverpool Street £30 cheapest 47 mins Stansted Express
Coach National Express Standsted Victoria £6.50 in advance, £8 on the day 80 mins National Express -Stansted
Coach National Express Standsted Liverpool St £6 in advance, £8 on the day 80 mins National Express -Stansted
Coach Terravsion Standsted Victoria £9 75 mins Terravision – Stansted
Coach Terravsion Standsted Liverpool St £9 55 mins Terravision – Stansted
Coach Easybus Standsted Baker Street Advertised from £2, avg £10 80 mins open to all passengers, not just easyjet passengers Easybus -Stansted

Transport from Luton Airport to central London

Method Company From  To Costs Journey time Comments Link
Train

First Capital Connect Luton Kings Cross, London Bridge £14.50 single £25 return 60 mins including transfer  The First Capital Connect service (used to be called Thameslink) runs from Kings Cross St. Pancreas to Luton (after which you get a free shuttle to Luton Airport  http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/
Coach Terravsion Luton Victoria via Baker St and Mable Arch £15 65 mins Terravision – Luton
Coach Easybus Luton Earls Court Advertised from £2, avg £10 70 mins open to all passengers, not just easyjet passengers Easybus – Luton
Coach Easybus Luton Baker Street Advertised from £2, avg £10 70 mins open to all passengers, not just easyjet passengers Easybus – Luton
Coach Easybus Luton Mable Arch Advertised from £2, avg £10 60 mins open to all passengers, not just easyjet passengers Easybus – Luton

All data was accurate as of this posts creation date. I’ll try to keep it as up to date as possible, but if anything slips I can only apologise.  I welcome any suggestions for improvements. Safe travels!

Photo Credit – terminal5insider/ via flickr