Transport information

Find details of transport options available in London and how to get to and from London’s airports.

Getting around

London Underground: there are 11 colour-coded Tube lines. The network is divided into nine zones with different fare structures. Peak single ticket in London’s
Zone 1 — £4.70 cash; £2.20 with an Oyster card.

National Rail: trains are useful for reaching places not served by the Underground. The main central London train stations are Euston, Waterloo, Victoria, Paddington, King’s Cross, St Pancras International, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Charing Cross.

Bus: pay with an Oyster when boarding, or pre-purchase a ticket from ticket machines at bus stops. Tickets cost, per bus journey, £2.40 or £1.45 with an Oyster. 

Taxi: London’s famous black cabs offer a safe, reliable door-to-door service. Taxis can be hailed on the street when the yellow taxi light is on and at designated taxi ranks.

Docklands Light Railway: the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serves Bank, Tower Gateway, Docklands and Greenwich. Tickets must be purchased before boarding a train.

London Underground map

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The Tube map makes navigating London's Tube network simple.

Getting Here

London Heathrow: located 32km (20 miles) to the west of Central London, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is one of the busiest and most advanced airports in the world. Heathrow Airport Arrivals can be found on the ground floor of Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5, and departures can be found on the first floor of Terminals 1 and 2. The Heathrow Express leaves every 15 minutes and has a travel time of 15 minutes to Paddington.

London Gatwick: is located 45km (28 miles) south of London. Gatwick Airport's two terminals, North and South, both have a comprehensive selection of shops, bureaux de change, help desks and left-luggage facilities. The Gatwick Express is the fastest way into Central London. There are trains every 15 minutes between Gatwick Airport's South Terminal and London Victoria Station with a journey time of 30 minutes to Victoria station.

London Luton Airport: the airport is a major base for low-cost or "no-frills" air travel and is located just 56km (35 miles) north-west of Central London. A regular shuttle bus links the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station in around 10 minutes. From there, frequent rail services travel to Central London and take as little as 21 minutes.

London Stansted Airport:  is the UK's third busiest airport and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. The airport is located 64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London. Stansted Express is the quickest way into Central London. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey time is 47 minutes.

London City Airport: is one of the easiest and most accessible airports in London owing to its location just 9.5km (6 miles) east of Central London and 4.8km (3 miles) from Canary Wharf. The airport is connected to the city by the Docklands Light Rail, Tube network, and bus routes.  

Eurostar: is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. There are frequent Eurostar services from London St Pancras International to Paris and Brussels daily. Travel from Paris to Central London in just two hours 15 minutes, or from Brussels in one hour and 51 minutes. Travel at 300km/h (186mph) all the way from the Continent to London on the UK's first high-speed line.

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