London Airport Connections
Heathrow airport from downtown London and vice versa takes, by taxi, as little as 30 minutes or as much as an hour or more depending on the time of day and the day of the week. Taxi rates by meter run about £45, but this price can be negotiated downwards for a set fee before going. Be warned if you are going from the airport into London, there is usually a line-up for taxis.
Another option leaving London for the airport is to go to Paddington Station (by tube, foot or taxi) and take the Heathrow Express. This train goes directly, without stopping, from Paddington to Heathrow Airport and return every 15 minutes.
For those with more time than money and who don't mind hassling with luggage on the underground, there's always the tube. The Piccadilly line is the most direct route to the airport and takes about an hour.
Still another way to reach Heathrow/London is by bus, a bit of a nuisance and time consuming. If you are coming from the airport, buses run from Terminals 1-4 every 15-30 minutes. Phone 0208 990 6300 for further details.
Gatwick airport is further from downtown London than Heathrow so is very expensive by taxi and not very practical to reach by bus. The best connection is Gatwick Express rail services, which run in both directions. The train takes 30-40 minutes and runs every half-hour or so depending on time of day and day of week. At the London end it terminates at Victoria station, near Buckingham palace. The website is at Gatwick Express
Stansted airport runs a sky train service from Liverpool street or Tottenham Hale rail stations. There is also a coach service between Victoria station and the airport.
London City airport is reached by a combination of the North London Railways train service and the District underground (going to or from central London). Buses on route 69 go to the airport from a number of stations. Coach services run from Liverpool street to the airport. For details best to check at either end when your plane lands or before leaving London. A taxi could be a hassle free alternative.
Luton airport runs a shuttle bus service that connects with Thameslink rail services to Kings Cross and Blackfriars stations. Again, taxis are available.
Other UK and Ireland Airports
East Midlands Airport--Nottingham, Leicester, Derby
Islands of Guernsey and Jersey
Belfast City Airport
Dublin City Airport
Cork City Airport
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