Welcome to London: Quick guide into Central London

Welcome to London! You’ve made the bold decision to visit this dynamic and cosmopolitan city. You’re fresh off the plane probably anxious to put your luggage away and start sight-seeing. Waste no time, you still have one more journey to make… First stop is to head into Central London!

From Heathrow Airport:
Heathrow Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports located 15 miles west of central London. There are simple and straightforward ways to get into town.

  • The tube – Taking the Piccadilly line is the cheapest way to get into Central London with a single costing £5.50 with an Oyster card. The journey takes about an hour (www.tfl.gov.uk)
  • Heathrow Express – Train service straight to Paddington Station in 15-20 minutes. Tickets cost from £22 (off-peak advance) for a single or £37 return (www.heathrowexpress.com)
  • Heathrow Connect – This rail service to Paddington runs every half hour and gets you there in approximately half an hour. Tickets costs from £9.50 single and £19 return (www.heathrowconnect.com)
  • National Express – Travel journey into Victoria Coach Station varies from 50 minutes from Terminals 1-3 to 75-105 minutes from terminals 4 and 5. Single tickets £6 and £11 return (www.nationalexpress.com)
  • Taxi – A Black Cab into central London is the more expensive yet hassle-free option. At about £80 depending on taxi firm, that’s almost the cost of a cheap flight ticket with a domestic airline!

From Gatwick Airport:

Located 29.5 miles south of Central London, you’re technically not in London when your plan lands. However with a wide variety of low costs arriving and departing from Gatwick Airport, transfers into London start from as little as £2!

  • Easybus – the familiar orange colour bus transfer is available for all passengers to use – not just EasyJet passengers. And from as little as £2 for a single journey into Earl’s Court and now Waterloo – that’s a low-cost journey into Central London. Advance booking required for cheapest fares, baggage restrictions apply (www.easybus.co.uk)
  • Gatwick Express – The quickest option into Central London taking about 30 minutes to Victoria station. Runs every 15 minutes. Tickets cost from £17.70 for single and £31.05 return (www.gatwickexpress.com)
  • National Express – Coach service runs hourly to Victoria station. Journey times vary, fastest taking approx 120 minutes. Single fare costs from £6.50 (www.nationalexpress.com)
  • Southern – rail service to Victoria and London Bridge with four trains per hour, approx journey time is 30-45 minutes. Single £14.40 (www.southernrailway.com)
  • Taxi – A taxi into Central London could cost you a hefty £100. Only use a reputable mini-cab and beware of unauthorised drivers.

From Luton Airport:

Luton Airport is located in Bedfordshire 31 miles from central London – another airport technically not located in ‘London’ despite the tag. However with transfer options to suite your budget, you’ll be in Central London in no time.

  • EasyBus – book well in advance and you could be from airport to Baker Street for less than a cup of coffee. The orange shuttle bus linked to EasyJet is available for all passengers. Prices start from £2. Baggage restrictions apply. (www.easybus.com)
  •  Train rail services – travel to Central London in as little as 21 minutes with East Midlands Trains and 25 minutes with First Capital Connect. First Capital Connect services connect to Central London stations including St Pancras International, London Bridge, and Blackfriars. Trains run throughout the day and night and a  single costs £13.50.
  • National Express – this regular coach service gets to Victoria in 1h20. Fares from £5 when booked online in advance (www.nationalexpress.com)

From Stansted Airport:

Stansted airport located in Essex, 35 miles northeast of central London, sees 22.8 million passengers fly each year and is home to 41 airlines. This International airport has easy and regular transfer options into central London.

  • Stansted Express – trains leave quarterly to Liverpool Street station taking 45-50 minutes. Single fare from £23.40 and return from £32.80 (www.standstedexpress.com)
  • EasyBus – Get into the City (Old Street) or Baker Street from as little as £2. Book online in advance for the lowest fares (www.easybus.com)
  • National Express  – Coaches depart every 15-30 minutes to Victoria via Marble Arch and Baker Street in about 90minutes (www.nationalexpress.com)

Look out for your free guide at airports! Pick up a HSBC Welcome to London Guide distributed free to passengers arriving in London

Look out for Welcome to Central London: Quick Guide on Accommodation

*Prices may vary

Published by @travelmakerkai

I'm Kai a sharer of stories, experiences and self-development from my travels! This blog is my safe space to share ideas, highlight under-represented voices... And continuously create myself through travel. Thanks for joining my journey x TravelmakerKai

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