There are two main international airports serving the city of London, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Aiport, as well as four additional airports offering both domestic and international flights - London City Airport, London Luton Airport, London Stansted and London Southend Airport. Heathrow Airport is Europe’s busiest serving over 75 million passengers annually, while Gatwick Airport handles over 43 million travelers per year. The next busiest airport in London is London Stansted which sees over 20 million passengers each year.
Terminals at London Airports
Heathrow Airport is comprised of four passenger terminals which are all connected to each other on the London Underground network and the Heathrow Express and Connect lines.
At Gatwick Airport there are two passenger terminals, South Terminal and North Terminal, which are connected by a shuttle service that only takes 2-3 minutes.
The other four airports serving London are single-terminal airports, so you won’t need to worry about having to transfer between terminals.
Amenities at London Airports
As the largest airport in the country, Heathrow Airport offers the widest selection of amenities and facilities such as designer stores, luxury goods and duty free shopping. In addition to this, travelers can feast on a wide range of eateries and cafes ranging from simple fast food to high-end restaurants. At Gatwick Airport there is a similar selection of places to eat, drink and shop, so you won’t be disappointed with the options in front of you.
London Stansted and London Luton Airport each offer a varied selection of shops, cafes and eateries to keep travelers occupied. While London City Airport is a relatively small airport compared to London’s other airports, there are still a sizable number of places to eat and drink as well as convenience stores to pick up basic essentials. At London Southend Airport there are also a couple of restaurants open to hungry travelers as well as duty free shopping.
Whether you like to relax with a hot drink or a meal or do a bit of shopping and browsing whilst waiting for your flights, rest assured that whichever airport you find yourself in you won’t be short on options.
London Airport Travel Information
The journey from Heathrow Airport into central London is only 15 minutes long in the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, or you can hop on the Piccadilly Line to reach London in under an hour. The fastest way to get from Gatwick Airport to the center of London is by train to Victoria station. London City Airport enjoys an excellent central location in London and is connected to the DLR line as well as the national rail network.
Getting from London Stansted Airport to the center of London is possible by rail to London Liverpool Street, with the journey taking under an hour. The quickest way to get from London Luton Airport is also by rail from Luton Airport Parkway station to St Pancras International. Be advised that the airport itself is 2km from this station, so you will need to hop on the shuttle bus running to and from the airport. London Southend Airport is also connected to central London by rail, with the journey to and from London Liverpool Street taking around an hour.
If you want your own mode of transportation during your visit, you may want to consider a taxi. However, be advised that a taxi will usually cost significantly more than public transport from most airports other than the centrally-located London City Airport. Taxis can be found at all airports and are licensed and metered so that you can enjoy a fair journey to your destination.
*This information is correct as of April 2017
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