When travelling to London from abroad you will most likely arrive at one of the four major airports located on the outskirts of London, Heathrow Airport (27 km) to the West, Gatwick Airport (45 km) to the South and Luton (55 km), Stansted (62 km) Airports to the North. All of these airports have good rail and bus links to London, although they are all a significant distance from the centre of London. The City of London Airport is the closest (14 km) airport to the centre of london, it is located in the East of London. When travelling to London from other parts of the United Kingdom you will most likely be travelling by bus or by train. Most major bus routes (including international routes) will take you into London Victoria Coach Station.
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If your top priority is to make the trip as cheaply as possible between UK cities you may find that your route or part of your route is served by Megabus, a discount bus company offering fares from as little as 1 GBP for a single between cities. One route they offer is London to Edinburgh, but they also offer other shorter routes from London and other major cities. For prices and timetables click the link below:
If you are travelling by train there are 14 mainline train stations located near to the centre of London, which one you are arrive at depends on where you are travelling from.
Whilst you are visting London the best way to get around is to use the underground, it quicker than walking and there are tube stations close to all the popular tourist attractions. If you are not constrained by time it is more comfortable and cheaper to avoid the underground during rush hours.
If you are travelling to London by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to park in the city in one of the NCP car parks, but be warned they are expensive and bringing a car to central London is discouraged by the congestion charge. If you need to book a rental car when you get to London there are several places to pick up a car.
London's majors airports are Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and London City Airport. Heathrow and London City Airports are by far the closest to the London city centre.
If you decide you would like to spend a little longer in London to soak up the atmosphere and visit a few more attractions why not check out some of the London Hotel Deals and see if anything takes your fancy?
The Notting Hill Carnival
(Sat 26th Aug, 2017)
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival.
(Thu 14th Sep, 2017)
The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in mid-September. Activities take place over a weekend on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.
Lord Mayor's Show
(Fri 10th Nov, 2017)
The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual parade of various London based groups and societies. It is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London and dates back to 1535.