Airports (travel to and from), London
Although I have arrived many times at LHR, LGW and STN, until recently I have never arrived at London city Airport.
I must confess it was a very pleasent surprise as after disembarking from a flight from Orly it was a short walk to the modern terminal building. Typically the gate seemed the furthest from Immigration which was a further hike but being such a small airport with few flights, it was a breeze to clear customs even with a non EU passport.
Once outside there was a huge line up of taxis which was great for our short drive to Canning Town
In future when flying from Vancouver to the UK I will investigate air Berlin european routes which even though will entail a change of aircraft, will still save time and money when arriving into London as the Docks Light Railway takes less than 25 mins to get to and from the city from E London
For a moderatly low cost hotel from the airport, I would suggest the Holiday Inn at Canning Town as not only are the prices reasonable, the place is clean if maybe a little basic, but it is no more than ten minute walk to Canning Town railway station
It is possible to book bus tickets with Easybus up to 3 months in advance to and from any London Airport to central London. The tickets can be as low as £2 and if you read the conditions the ticket is good for any bus up to 1 hour either side of the your ticket assuming there is available seats on the bus. I have used Easybus several times and if i am due to arrive at Heathrow at 5 pm i will book my bus for 7pm which allows me to take any bus between 6pm and 8 pm, it always works. website www.easybus.co.uk
Well I was going to suggest you get a free coach to any number of hotels near the airport then an early start, I have stayed at the Radisson Heathrow, there is a bus that pulls in and takes you to the train, it doesn't take that long to get into London but if you must go in to London at night by airport transport leave your baggage, take a trip up the Thames. If you must go into London I stay at the Park Plaza right near the eye with a view of Big Ben, the Hop On Hop Off bus stops outside.
If you travelling with one of the budget airlines remeber to book your bus ticket online at a fraction of the cost to get you to London.
Whatever you decide have fun.
The fastest way of getting to the London City Center is by Heathrow Express. It takes 15 min from Heathrow London Airport Terminal 4 and stops at Paddington Station. From there, change a tube that connects to the different parts of London. Modern, new, and fast train.
E-ticket can be printed at home or at the office, so you don't need to queue at the ticket station.
With low cost flights, you'll certainly arrive to Stansted airport, located about 50 kms from the centre of London. The cheaper transport for moving to London is the bus.
Some advises: (Terravision bus)
1. Service frequency: about every 30 minutes during the day, less frequent at night (check out the website for details)
2. Two destinations: London Victoria or Liverpool street (I recommand this one as it's a more direct line, avoiding some of the traffic jams in the city)
3. Take a return ticket (if applicable)
Prices: One-way Adult £ 9.00, Child (5-12 years) £ 4.00
Prices: Return Adult £ 14.00, Child (5-12 years) £ 7.00
4. Online booking is possible (see website)
Bus stops in Stansted: bays n° 13 and 14, west side of the coach station at the airport
The fastest way to travel to Stansted Airport is to catch the Stansted Express train. It departs every 15 minutes from London Liverpool Street station, with an average journey time of 45 minutes. One-way fares start at £15.
There are also numerous coach services to Stansted, which offer a more economical trip, but travel times are significantly longer. Coaches depart from such locations as London Victoria, London Liverpool Street and London Stratford, with some services operating 24 hours a day.
Bassingbourn Road, Stansted CM24 1SE
Two trains service London Heathrow from Paddington:
Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express
Heathrow Connect is the better deal. Although it has 5 stops, it takes only 10 minutes longer to make the journey, and is less than half the price of Heathrow Express
Heathrow Connect http://www.heathrowconnect.com
Frequency: 2 times/hour
Duration: 25 minutes [goes to/from T123; from there you can take Heathrow Express to T4 for free].
Hayes & Harlington
Ealing Broadway [connection to tube's Central and District lines]
One-way second class Heathrow Connect fare:
ticket office/machine: £6.90
Heathrow Express http://www.heathrowexpress.com
Frequency: 4 times/hour
Duration: 15 minutes (23 minutes if going to/from Terminal 4).
One-way second class Heathrow Express fare:
Online: £14.50; ticket machine/office: £15.50 ; onboard: £17.50
Heathrow Express can be a good deal if you have 4+ adults and it's a Sat/Sun/Bank Holiday, because you can get the Heathrow Express "Group Weekender" ticket, which gives half-price fares at £7.75 per person.
Stansted is one of the smaller london airports and is not actually located in london... which is great for me because it takes me about 15 minutes to drive there... but for those not fortunate enough to know someone close to this airport or want to pay a taxi fee that would make Saudi Royals blush the Standsted express is for you.
Comfortable air conditioned trains with room for you to put your luggage will get you to liverpool st station (zone 1 central london) in 45 minutes. If you're staying in north london or need to catch the victoria line, some of the trains do stop at Tottenham Hale Station (zone 3 on the victoria line) trains are depart every 15 minutes and the tickets can be bought at the website below or at the station.
The Stansted express train to London (Liverpool Street) is a disgusting rip-off at TWENTY SIX pounds 70p return in cattle class. (or express class as they laughingly call it).
It certainly is not the sleek, aerodynamic, high-speed train you might expect to get either.
There are now a few more journeys in the dead of night - but they are sporadic and the dreaded 'engineering works' (Oh no it doesn't) may mean you have to use a coach.
It is at least clean and convenient. Some Low-cost airlines offer tickets whilst on the way to London that will give you a bit of a discount, but remember that the road links are far cheaper.
For getting to LHR, most people know about the non-stop Heathrow Express, the most expensive railway per mile in the world.
Less well known is Heathrow Connect which runs between Heathrow Terminals 1,2 & 3 and London Paddington on the same route as the Heathrow Express, but with stops at several West London stations en route, including Ealing Broadway (District and Circle Tube lines) making it some 10 minutes slower.
The service runs every 30 minutes and takes 25 minutes Heathrow - Paddington. The standard single fare is £6.90 (min £8 cheaper than express) with returns costing £12.90. (min £15 cheaper than express).
With the opening of T5 at the end of March Heathrow Connect is extended to T4 , but if you´re flying BA out of T5 you can use the most the world´s most expensive railway line free from between the station for Terminals 1,2 & 3 and T5.
the stantsted express is the easy and fast way to get and from stansted airport. its way cheaper then a taxi, and a lot faster then a bus.
i wouldnt call it a cheap ride because u are paying for the convience. a one way ticket will cost u 14 pounds and 50 pence. a return will cost u 24 pounds.
trains leave around every 15 to 30 minutes from liverpool station and takes about 45 minutes going either way.
the train is clean, and comfortable with plenty of storage space for bags.
for more info on the stansted express visit their website. STANSTED EXPRESS
the nearest tube stop for liverpool train station is tottemham hale. for tube info visit their webpage. LONDON TUBE
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The train to Stanstead Aiport leaves from Liverpool Street station. You can catch the Stanstead Express which takes 30 mins.
(See link below). This rather expensive at £24 return (2005 price, so it will have gone up).
See this Stanstead Airport 'Travellers Toolkit' website :
Stanstead Aiport 'Travellers Toolkit'
You can also get a bus to Stanstead Airport. Airbus route A6 serves Victoria Coach Station in central London from Stansted Airport. They operate roughly every 30 minutes, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Journey time depending on traffic is around 1hr 40 minutes.
Here is a link for bus services National Express
Stansted is on the M11 motorway at Junction 8. The M11 connects with the M25 London Orbital Motorway at Junction 27, approximately 20 minutes drive south of the airport. Journey time from central London is around 70 minutes.
Always allow plenty of time ; )
Stanstead is a smaller aiport and there is only one terminal.
After arriving to Stansted, we took the Stansted Express to get to London in a easy way. The station is right under the arrivals hall and, depending on the time of the day, trains depart each 15 or 30 minutes. The journey takes 45 min to get to Liverpool St. which is faster than other means of transport (coaches and taxi) and in this train stop we could take the tube to our hotel. It's a bit pricey, even after our ISIC card discount, comparing fares with a similar ticket in Spain, but the service was what we needed.
The Stansted Express is the only way to Stansted without taking a taxi. It is the quickest way to Stansted...Approx. 45 minutes.
It leaves from Liverpool St. and stops at Tottenham Hale ten minutes later.
Can be VERY crowded. We had to stand between two trains...we didn't even get a seat. The trip back was less crowded.
If you are arriving into Stansted Airpot London you have two alternatives to reach the city centre.
1. The Stansted Express
Travel time: 45 minutes
Cost: £ 21 - 25 (often discounted if purchsed on Ryanair flight into London)
Reliability: 5 (1/10)
WHYa 5? there always seems to be track work and disruptions. THe train does not run on SUndays or bank holidays as they are always doing ' improvements ' - furthermore if the service is not running you will be put on a bus and due to the extended travel time you may miss your flight. BEWARE!
2. Coach Service
Travel Time: 90 minutes - calling at different stops in London.
Cost: £ 8 single - £ 15 return.
Reliability: 10 ( 1/10)