London airports and rail connections

Plan your journey 

Use or our travel app TfL Go to plan your journey to and from London's airports and rails stations. 

Check our Tube map to find your way across the network. 

London airports 

The City has six main airports which are all connected by public transport. 

Heathrow Airport 

Tube 

The Piccadilly line runs to Heathrow Airport terminals 2,3 and 5. The journey to central London is approximately 50 minutes.  

By rail 

TfL Rail runs from Paddington station to Heathrow terminals 2 and 3 (there's a free shuttle that connects to terminal 5). TfL Rail services run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 60 minutes on Sundays. The journey is approximately 25 minutes. 

Heathrow Express also runs several non-stop trains every hour to and from Paddington.  

By road 

National Express operates a regular service to and from Victoria Coach Station

There are taxi ranks and taxi information desks at all Heathrow terminals.   

Gatwick Airport 

By rail 

Gatwick Express and Southern Railway run several trains every hour to and from London Victoria.

Thameslink runs several trains every hour to and from London Bridge, City Thameslink, Farringdon and King's Cross & St Pancras International. 

By road 

National Express runs a regular coach service to and from Victoria Coach Station

Easybus operates a regular bus service to and from Earls Court/West Brompton. 

Stansted Airport 

By rail 

Stansted Express runs several trains every hour to and from Liverpool Street station. You can also connect to and from the Tube at Tottenham Hale. 

Abellio Greater Anglia runs train services to Liverpool Street and Stratford stations.  

By road 

National Express and Terravision run coach services to and from Victoria, Liverpool Street and Stratford.  

Easybus runs a regular bus service to and from Baker Street.  

Luton Airport 

By rail 

A regular shuttle bus connects Luton Airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station.  

Thameslink and East Midlands Railway run a frequent service to King's Cross & St Pancras International. Thameslink also runs several trains every hour to London Bridge, Farringdon, London City Thameslink and Blackfriars stations.

By road 

Arriva runs a regular bus service to and from central London (Green Line route 757). 

National Express and Easybus run a regular coach and bus service to and from Baker Street. 

National Express also runs coach services to and from Golders Green, Finchley Road, Marble Arch and Victoria. 

London City Airport 

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) runs to London City Airport every 10 minutes from Canary Wharf (journey time 18 minutes) and Bank (journey time 22 minutes).  

Southend Airport 

Abellio Greater Anglia runs train services to Liverpool Street and Stratford stations.  

Rail connections 

You can travel to several train stations in London from the UK and abroad.  

There are eight main train stations in central London that you may arrive at: 

  • Paddington 
  • Euston 
  • King's Cross & St Pancras International 
  • Charing Cross 
  • Liverpool Street 
  • Waterloo 
  • London Bridge 
  • Victoria 

There's also many other smaller stations within Greater London.  

Best ways to pay 

You can pay as you go using contactless, Oyster or a Visitor Oyster card to travel to and from: 

  • Heathrow Airport on the Tube and on TfL Rail  
  • Gatwick Airport on Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink train services 
  • London City Airport on the DLR 

You can benefit from daily capping by using pay as you go. 

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