TRAVEL TO LONDON BY CAR
To get to the UK by car from France you can get the Eurotunnel to Dover and drive up to London. However, we don’t recommend this option as it is quite pricey and getting around London by car is extremely expensive and stressful. Furthermore, if you’re used to driving on the right-hand side. The UK roads might be a bit confusing since the British drive on the left-hand side.
TRAVEL TO LONDON BY TRAIN
If you’re travelling across Europe, another option is to take the Eurostar train into London. The Eurostar leaves Paris 12 times a day and takes 2 and a half hours to get to its destination. You can also catch the Eurostar in Brussels.
For more information, check out Eurostar’s official website:
TRAVEL TO LONDON BY PLANE
If you’re travelling from Europe, there are numerous airlines, including low-cost ones that fly to any one of London’s airports.
Once you know which airport you land in, you can find out how to get to the city centre:
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Getting a taxi is the best option for those travelling in big groups, with a lot of suitcases, or for those who don’t like taking public transport. It can take up to an hour to get to the city centre and will cost between £ 50 (€ 55) and £ 90 (€ 99.10).
Taking the London Underground is the cheapest way to get to the city centre. The journey lasts roughly 45 minutes. Heathrow’s London Tube stations (one for Terminal 2 and 3, one for Terminal 4 and one for Terminal 5) are all in zone 6 of the Underground system. To get to the centre, which is in zone 1, will cost £ 6 (€ 6.60).
You’ll be able to catch a train every 10 minutes and the service runs from 5 am to 11:45 pm, however on Friday and Saturday the tube runs 24 hours a day on the Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
The Heathrow Connect costs £ 10.20 (€ 11.20) for a single journey and £ 20.20 (€ 22.20) for a return ticket (half the price of the Heathrow Express). Another advantage is that this train stops at other train stations before getting to Paddington, so it might be worth checking its route to see if it’s more convenient for you. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to Paddington, its final stop.
Taking a taxi to the city centre will take you about an hour and will cost between £ 85 (€ 93.60) and £ 110 (€ 121.20).
The cheapest way to get to London from Gatwick is taking an easyBus minibus. The sooner you get your tickets online, the cheaper they are, costing from £ 2 (€ 2.20) for a single journey. The only downside to EasyJet’s bus service is that it takes longer than other bus transfers, approximately 80 minutes to get to Victoria Station.
If you choose to get a taxi to the centre of London, it will cost you approximately £ 110 (€ 121.20), an option that is off-limits for those tourists travelling on a tight budget.
Taking the train is very simple and the fastest way to get to and from Luton Airport. You can either take the East Midlands Trains or First Capital Connect.
The most important train stations in London where you can get off are St Pancras International and London Bridge. During the weekdays some of the trains also stop at Farringdon, City Thameslink and London Blackfriars.
A one-way journey costs £ 18 (€ 19.80) no matter at which station you get off and it will take you between 30 and 50 minutes to get to the centre.
If you choose to get a taxi to the centre of London, it will cost you approximately £ 110 (€ 121.20), an option that is off-limits for tourists travelling on a budget.
The National Express coaches connect Stansted with Victoria Station in 75 minutes and with Liverpool Street in 55 minutes. The coaches run every 30 minutes throughout the day and night. You’ll find them in the airport’s bus station. The fares vary, but you can find tickets from as little as £ 5 (€ 5.50) one-way.