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The flight time from Istanbul to London is approximately four hours and there are five airports serving London. While the simplest arrangement to reach the city centre is to be met by friends, family or colleagues, this is not always an option. In this section we describe the public transport links between London's airports and the city centre.

Heathrow


The airport code for London Heathrow is LHR. Heathrow is the main London airport and is situated 15 miles (24 km) to the west of the city. Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports and has four terminals. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are clustered together with terminal 4 some distance away.

There are several ways to travel between Heathrow airport and central London. The most popular and one of the cheaper options is to use the London underground (tube) network. The journey time to central London is approximately 45 minutes, trains are frequent during hours of operation and there are Underground connections to most areas of the city. The Piccadilly line serves Heathrow and there are Underground stations in the terminal 1/2/3 complex and also at terminal 4. The journey price is around £4.00.

For more information on London Underground visit our Local Transport pages.

The Heathrow Express train service is the fastest way to travel between Heathrow Airport and central London. The journey time to central London is approximately 15 minutes and there are up to 4 trains per hour during hours of operation. The train terminates at Paddington Station from where there are onward London Underground connections to most areas of the city. There are Heathrow Express stations in the terminal 1/2/3 complex and also at terminal 4. The journey price is around £15.00 one way.

For further information visit the Heathrow Express website.

You may also journey into central London by bus or coach. There is a bus station in the terminal 1/2/3 complex. Coach services are offered by National Express who have onward connections to the rest of the country. A one way ticket into central London will cost approximately £4.00 and the journey time will be around 1 hour.

For more information on National Express visit our National Transport pages.

There are also local bus services into central London, some of which operate overnight. It is probable that you will need to make several changes to reach your final destination. A single bus journey will cost in the region of £2.00 and the journey time will be variable but in excess of 1 hour.

For more information on Bus travel visit our Local Transport pages.

If you have much luggage or are travelling in a small group you may wish to consider taking a taxi. Each Heathrow terminal has signposted taxi ranks. The journey time is variable based on traffic conditions and could take up to a hour. One way fares will be approximately £70.00 but you should confirm an approximate fare with the driver, although the actual fare will be based on the taxi meter reading. If you are arriving at an unsociable hour a taxi may be your best onward travel option as the Heathrow Express and London Underground networks do not operate overnight.

If you are not sure where to go while at the airport or how to proceed you should look out for an Information Help Desk and ask for advice. Airport staff are used to dealing with foreign visitors and should be able to assist.

For further information visit the Heathrow Airport website.

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Gatwick


The airport code for London Gatwick is LGW. Gatwick Airport is situated 28 miles (45km) south of London. The airport has a North and a South terminal which are linked by a free inter terminal transit train which runs every 3 minutes and has a journey time of 2 minutes.

The easiest and quickest way to travel between Gatwick airport and Central London is on the Gatwick Express train service. Journey time is approximately 30 minutes and the train terminates at the central Victoria railway station from where there are onward London Underground and bus links. The Gatwick Express fare is £15.00 one way and there are up to 4 services per hour during hours of operation.

For further information visit the Gatwick Express website.

There are also other train services operating between Gatwick and Victoria and to other destinations within the country. The services to Victoria are slightly cheaper and slightly slower. Note that you can purchase a Gatwick Express ticket on board the train but you should not do this for non Gatwick Express services.

For further information visit our National Transport pages.

Alternatively you may travel into London by coach. Coach services are offered by National Express who have onward connections to the rest of the country. Direct services to central London are available from the South terminal and a one way ticket into central London will cost approximately £6.50 with a journey time of around 90 minutes.

For more information on National Express visit our National Transport pages.

Taxi services are also available for the journey into London. These can be booked from within the terminal buildings at a fixed rate. Expect to pay in the region of £85.00 for the journey. Be aware that if you arrive at an unsociable hour your onward journey options may be limited to taxi travel if you do not want to wait at the airport.

For further information visit the Gatwick Airport website.

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London City


The airport code for London City is LCY. This airport is the most central London airport and is located in the docklands area approximately 6 miles (10km) east of the city centre. This airport is mainly used for short domestic journeys and for flights to nearby European destination and is most often used by business travellers. Your are unlikely to arrive or depart from this airport unless your journey is indirect via another European city.

The simplest way to travel between London City airport and Central London is on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from the station at the airport. The Docklands Light Railway connects to London Underground at Bank, Canary Warf and Canning Town stations where there are connections to locations throughout London. The journey time should be around 30 minutes and cost approximately £4.00.

For further information on the Docklands Light Railway visit our Local Transport pages.

If arriving at an unsociable hour a taxis to central London will cost approximately £30.00.

For further information visit the London City Airport website.

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Stansted


The airport code for Stansted airport is STN. Stansted airport is located 40 miles (66km) North of London. The airport is mainly used by budget and charter airlines serving European destinations. There is a single terminal building.

The easiest and quickest way to travel between Stansted airport and Central London is on the Stansted Express train service. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes and the train terminates at the central Liverpool Street railway station from where there are onward London Underground and bus links. The Stansted Express fare is around £15.00 one way and there are up to 4 services per hour during hours of operation.

For further information visit the Stansted Express website.

Alternatively you may travel into London by coach. Coach services are offered by National Express who have onward connections to the rest of the country. Direct services to central London are available from the Stansted Airport coach station and a one way ticket into central London will cost approximately £10.00 with a journey time of around 90 minutes. The National Express service operates 24 hours a day.

For more information on National Express visit our National Transport pages.

Alternative coach and train operators also service the Stansted / Central London route. Taxi service to central London can also be booked from within the terminal building but this is likely to be an expensive option.

For further information visit the Stansted Airport website.

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Luton


The airport code for Luton airport is LTN. Luton airport is situated 32 miles (52km) north west of London. The airport is mainly used by budget and charter airlines serving European destinations. There is a single terminal building.

The easiest and quickest way to travel between Luton airport and Central London is by train. A free shuttle bus needs to be taken from outside the airport terminal to the Luton Airport Parkway station, the shuttle bus journey time is approximately 10 minutes. From the station the train journey time to central London is approximately 35 minutes and the train stops at the central Kings Cross Thameslink railway station from where there are onward London Underground and bus links. Note that the train may continue through London to the south coast and may not terminate at Kings Cross. The one way train fare is approximately £13.00 and there are typically several services per hour throughout the day and hourly services overnight.

For further information visit the First Capital Connect website.

Alternatively you may travel into London by coach. There are several options available including Green Line. This company offers a 24 hour service with a one way fare of around £10.00. The journey time is approximately 75 minutes.

For more information on National Express visit our National Transport pages.

Taxi service to central London is also an option but this is likely to be an expensive option.

For further information visit the Luton Airport website.

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