Moving to London

Getting Around London

Getting Around London

London's public transport system makes the sprawling city easy to navigate – when it is working properly. Check out www.tfl.gov.uk for live travel news and journey planning tools.

To and from London airports

Train

All London's airports have dedicated express rail services, and Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow are also served by the local rail network (see www.nationalrail.co.uk).

While the express trains are convenient they're also scandalously expensive. Return fares and advance tickets are cheaper, and some airlines offer discounted tickets onboard — but watch out for getting stung when the trains aren't running because of engineering work, or if your flight’s been delayed so long you’ve missed the last service. Your ticket will be valid on an alternative coach service, but it'll take longer and you could have paid a much cheaper fare.

You can reduce the costs with a bit of local knowledge. If you're in north London pick up the Stansted Express at Tottenham Hale or the Luton train at West Hampstead. In the south, go to Clapham Junction or Blackfriars for local Gatwick services. And if you already have a travelcard, queue up at the ticket office and ask for a fare from the zone boundary.

Heathrow is the only airport served by the Tube — meaning you can get there from zone 1 for just £3.50 on your Oyster card. Also consider London City Airport for destinations in western Europe — it's on the DLR in zone 3.

Coach

There's a comprehensive coach network linking the airports with each other as well as with the city (see ww.nationalexpress.com).

Fares are reasonable, and group saver tickets are available.

EasyBus runs a good-value minibus service from Victoria to Gatwick (from £11 return), Luton and Stansted, stopping at various central London locations on the way (see www.easybus.co.uk).

Car/Taxi

Crazy as it may seem in grid-locked, fuel-crisis London, driving may be your cheapest and most reliable option. If there's a bunch of you flying together, pool your resources for a taxi — and if you already own a car, long-stay parking can be as little as £6 per day booked in advance (see www.airport-parking.co.uk).

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