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Best airport London tour

Which airport would you recommend flying into for the 7 day London tour?

Posted by
2978 posts

It may depend on your originating airport, and which airlines are available to you. It will most likely be Heathrow if you are flying from North America. Possibly Gatwick. I wouldn't make which airport a deciding factor. There is good public transportation into London from either.

Posted by
8889 posts

Whichever of the six has the best flights connections from wherever you are flying from. All six have rail connections into Central London.
The airports are:

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Stansted
  • London City
  • Luton
  • Southend

If you are flying in from outside Europe, Heathrow and Gatwick have the most intercontinental flights, followed by Stansted.
If you are looking for the economy airlines flying from European destinations, those operate mostly from Stansted, Gatwick and Luton (Heathrow is too expensive for them).
Southend is small, few flights.
London City is the nearest to central London, with a short runway, it only handles small short-haul aircraft. From Western Europe only and aimed at business travellers.

BTW, it easier to answer such questions if you specify where in the world you are from: Australia, Austria, Argentina, Outer Mongolia or one of the other 190-odd countries on this planet ?

Posted by
26010 posts

If you are coming from elsewhere in Europe any of the 8 London greater area airports will work - some more convenient, some cheaper. They all have direct train service into London.

Luton

Stansted

London City

Southend

Gatwick

Heathrow

Birmingham

East Midlands

Posted by
2486 posts

If you are flying from the US you’ll land in either Heathrow or Gatwick. Getting to London proper for the tour is easy. I suggest flying in two days early to decompress. We spent a lovely day at Kew Gardens. Made for a peaceful way of shaking jet lag. When booking a return flight be mindful of the time you need to be there (3 hours ahead) and the schedule of whatever conveyance you’ll use to get you there. If you are considering a taxi or such traffic can be a nightmare especially at rush hour. Your guide on this tour will be a great source of advice on such matters. Have fun, it’s a great tour!