Flights to London land at 6 airports: Heathrow, London City, Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Southend Airport. Major train services transport passengers from Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Southend and Luton Airport to the city centre. Dedicated coaches connect people to central London and other UK cities and taxi services are also available at each airport. Whichever airport passengers fly to, onward travel is easily organised.
Heathrow Airport is the main hub, spreading across 5 terminals and receiving over 75 million passengers per year. Located in the west of central London, Heathrow is only 14 miles from the city centre and the easiest airport to get to town. It has a wide range of high-end stores and eateries to amuse passengers while they wait. National Express buses depart from the airport’s terminals every hour while trains and the underground run every 2-3 minutes throughout the day.
Major international airlines offer flights to London through the six airports. Some of the UK airports with direct flights to the city include Aberdeen, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh. While Heathrow Airport is extremely busy, its facilities are largely excellent, welcoming the majority of direct flights from UK cities. Ryanair, Flybe and British Airways offer both regional and national flights throughout the United Kingdom. Most of the low-cost airlines including EasyJet and Ryanair operate from UK cities to Gatwick Airport which is further away from the city centre than Heathrow.
In recent years, the facilities available for air travel in the UK have improved. Airports in the region have expanded thereby increasing the capacity for international and national flights. With 6 international airports surrounding London, it’s pretty easy to catch a flight from any place in the UK and avoid long coach journeys or congestion during peak travel. It is also possible to save on travel cost for instance by choosing low-cost airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet.
April, May, September and October are the cheapest times to fly to London especially through Heathrow. Those who book their tickets at least 8 weeks in advance enjoy the best rates. Catching a train to one of the central stations is the quickest way to reach the destination but more expensive than taking a bus. However, booking train tickets in advance saves pennies. Whilst staying in the capital, passengers will benefit from purchasing an Oyster card that can be used across all modes of transport in London. Oysters are available from rail and tube stations, as well as many retailers.