Flights to London
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London is a popular destination for people across the UK and an absolute must-visit, with enough sights, food, entertainment and shopping to keep any visitor occupied for weeks. It’s no secret though that the English capital is one of the world’s most expensive cities, and it’s a good idea to plan your itinerary ahead whether you’re staying or transiting through.
One of the great attractions about London is its proximity to the rest of Europe. London also offers great train routes to other popular parts of England – and even Paris, Amsterdam and beyond via the Eurostar. Budget airlines also offer cheap and cheerful flights to mainland Europe.
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London flight times:
- From Belfast: 1hr 10mins+
- From Glasgow: 1hr 15mins+
- From Newcastle: 1hr 15mins+
- From Cardiff: 1hr 15mins+
Airlines that fly to London:
- British Airways
London insider flight tips:
London is vast, with four international airports and various major train stations, so if you are travelling onwards be sure to use an online journey planner and work out how to get to the departure train station or airport before booking to ensure you have enough time.
How to get from the airport:
If you land at Heathrow it is around 25km from the city and a taxi ride will take up to an hour or more and can cost around £50 depending on the time of day. The fastest option for reaching the city is the Heathrow Express which gets passengers to London Paddington in 15 minutes – it’s not cheap although savings can be made by booking in advance online. The Underground is more budget-friendly and has the advantage of connecting you to its huge network, including Kings Cross and Euston stations for trains to the rest of the UK. Those travelling further afield should take a look at National Express, which offers coach travel to London itself and other UK cities for bargain prices.
Some flights may get you into London Gatwick (LGW) which also has National Express coach services to London (Victoria) taking up to two hours, and alternatively there’s a budget coach transfer company called easyBus. Gatwick is better connected by train than Heathrow with services to Victoria and other parts of London, including Luton Airport.
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