Disruptions, transport workers’ disputes, roadworks and train delays are just some of the problems facing travellers who are trying to get in and out of London’s major airports. Add to that the expense of airport parking and it’s easy to see why travelling has become such a stressful affair.
So what is the best (and less stressful) way to get to the airport and back again without having to pay over the odds or spend half the day travelling?
Here’s a look at some of the transport options available.
The most obvious solution would be to drive to the airport yourself, especially if you have an early morning flight to catch and you have to get up at the crack of dawn. But even if luck is on your side and there aren’t major traffic delays, you’ll still have to park once you get to your destination airport. Short and long term parking facilities are available at all London airports, but they’re costly. Off-site parking is less expensive but can involve an added journey of 30-40 minutes or more to finally get you to the airport.
The following London stations have a dedicated ‘express’ service which takes you directly to the airport:
- Paddington – Heathrow
- Victoria – Gatwick
- Liverpool St or Tottenham Hale – Stansted
Not only will you have to travel into the centre of London but these ‘express’ trains aren’t cheap; the Heathrow Express is notoriously expensive.
Luton Airport doesn’t have an ‘express’. Regular trains can take you to Luton Airport Parkway, then you’ll need to get a bus to the actual airport.
For travellers to Heathrow, the London Underground is a cheaper alternative. However, the journey is a long one and you still have to get into Central London if you are travelling from the inner counties.
The Easy Bus is also a cheaper option but, again, it only runs from Central London.
Coach companies offer an airport service, but timetables are restricted and you’ll still need to get to and from the coach station.
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