'London' Stansted Airport is the point of departure/arrival for several of the new cut-price airlines and their flights to/from mainland Europe.
To call Stansted a 'London' airport is a slight distortion of the truth. It is a good 45 minute train ride from the airport to London Liverpool Street station. But the Stansted Express train is regular, fast and only stops at one or two stations on the way.
And the airport not a bad place to begin or end your visit. It is modern, airy, spacious and simply designed. The architect was Manchester-born Sir Norman Foster, who is well-known for the Berlin Reichstag redesign and London's 'Gherkin' tower. The airport was completed in 1991.
There is a national coach service to the airport that continues through the night. But the trains to Stansted stop, the last one arriving at about midnight. If you plan to sleep in the airport, the seating at the airport has arms so it is difficult to find a place to lie down - you may have to use the floor :-)
Stansted Express website
National Express Airport website
A nice airport to break your journey to the US from India.Plenty of window shopping to do here to kill time until the connecting flight.I was happy to see the Concorde in action when I spent a few hours in September 2003 on my way to New York City.
A few months ago we were recommended by a friend that we take a look at this airport parking website (http://www.skyparksecure.com) where you can book airport parking which is close to the airport but not directly in the airport itself. We normally travel out of London City airport but always find parking to be either too expensive or too far out and so we end up on public transport, which is not ideal with all your holiday luggage. This company basically looks around to check that they are giving you the best deal and then arranges it all for you and sends you some details through. Then on the day you can drop off your car at their specially secure car park and they will then take you to the airport and pick your back up after you land. Easy. Anyway the friend gave us a discount code (dis024) to use as well which presumably can be used by anyone.
Heathrow Airport can be confusing mainly because three of the terminals are so close together forming an 'island' in the middle of the Airport. Transportation links are very good with road,rail and underground stations on site.
Major redevelopment is ongoing with the opening of Terminal 5 next year and the closure and redevelopment of Terminals 1 and 2 scheduled to begin at the same time with a combined Terminal,Heathrow East, opening in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Terminal 3 is worst as it caters for most of the Long Haul flights and is always crowded and queues quickly develop.
If you can get a flight going through London Gatwick, take it, you will be less stressed.
For a brief history of the airport click HERE and scroll down about two thirds, 65%.
For ARRIVALS DEPARTURES
INTERACTIVE AIRPORT MAP AIRPORT INFORMATION
Regular trains to Kings Cross station take from 21 minutes but for all transport links click HERE
For a history of Stansted airport click HERE
For ARRIVALS DEPARTURES
INTERACTIVE AIRPORT MAP Trains every 15 minutes take from 45 minutes to Liverpool Street station TRANSPORT LINKS
Maybe says London but is a way out and is regularly used by charter firms.
For a history click HERE.
For ARRIVALS DEPARTURES INTERACTIVE AIRPORT MAP
TRANSPORT LINKS trains about every 15 minutes takes from 30 minutes to London Victoria.
Londons newest airport fortunately now a bit easier to reach.
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1 direct link to the city with the (DLR) Docklands Light Railway but all options listed HERE
TERMINAL SERVICES and INFORMATION.
Probably the most famous and busiest of British airports it had humble beginnings HISTORY
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Tube runs every 15 minutes (Picadilly Line) normally from 05.13 to 23.49,05.57 to 23.30 Sundays but just about everyother transport link here too TRAINS and Buses INTERACTIVE AIRPORT MAP
Luton is the farthest airport in London. It is like 60 minutes away by train. Between the train station in Luton and the airport there are all the time shuttle buses. From Luton to Central London take train to Brondesbury (11.6 pounds one way). in 50-60 minutes you'll be in Central London.
I really love visiting Great Britain, and appreciate all aspects of British culture. I thought it would be fun to have a 2.5 hour layover to transfer flights at London Heathrow, time to enjoy the British gift shops, enjoy some tea, Cadbury bars and Walker's crisps, maybe even get some lunch. However, you barely have time for any of that if you need to switch terminals- there are no high-speed trains as far as I know, after going through security( long lines) in the main International Terminal- to get to your departing flight's terminal - specfically flights to the USA- British Airways uses very slow buses- which only hold 50-60 people, there were over 300-400 in line..I'm glad I decided to leave to fly out when I did and skip lunch or I never would have made it in time. My tip is to allow yourself plenty of time to transfer fights, and don't shop around too much unless you have 3-4 hours at Heathrow. It is stessful. At Chicago O'Hare it always takes awhile to get around, but at least they have trains between the terminals. How can Heathrow, the world's largest and probably busiest airport not afford this service?
London's premier airport is Heathrow (LHR), 15 miles from central London on London's western extremity. LHR started doing passenger flights in 1946 & has been open in its recognisably present day form since 1955.
LHR has 5 passenger terminals: 1, 2 (domestic & European flights) & 3 (long-haul) are in the central area of the airport, reached by road tunnel, or Underground trains. Terminal 4 (mainly BA flights) is on the south side of LHR & T5 is on the western perimeter of LHR.
London's second airport is Gatwick (LGW), located to the south on the Surrey/West Sussex county boundary. It's main terminal (South Terminal) opened in 1958. The 2nd terminal (North) opened in 1988. LGW has a mainline railway station, with services to London & other parts of the UK. By road it's reached by the M23 motorway, or A23 Brighton Road.
London has 3 other airports: Luton (to the northwest), Stansted (to the NE) & London City.
Detailed facts on London's airports can be found by clicking the weblink below.
Heathrow is London’s major airport. It opened in 1929 as a small base for flight tests and became an international airport in 1946.
There are 4 terminals and a direct underground rail link which takes an hour to reach central London.
Most tourists first arrival to United Kingdom is London's Heathrow Airport.
Have been to Heathrow several times when I am not using Gatwick Airport. Over the years, there is now an underground tube sstation that will get you to London in less than an hour or by the express train which is 15 minutes to downton Paddington Station.
At times, you will think you are in London when you are at the airport as there is a large number of ethnic groups living in London welcoming or seeing off family and friends.
Check for latest airport advisory on hand luggage. Below is today's from the official website:
"Security restrictions remain at UK airports. Liquids, gels or pastes, toiletries and sharp items are still forbidden from hand luggage.
Travelling from 6 November onwards?
The Government has adjusted the liquids, gels and aerosols hand baggage restrictions."
With the latest terrorist threats, security at Heathrow and other UK airports is tighter than ever. Liquids are prohibited in hand luggage, and the extra time needed to check hand baggage means more time is needed to clear emigration.
I flew out a few days after the emergency and we were delayed an hour waiting for clearance to take off. Everyone was very cooperative though. It makes things easier if passengers obey all instructions and have their coats and shoes off before reaching the screening equipment.