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Which is the best airport to fly into London? (Data-Led Study)

If you’re considering a trip to London, no doubt choosing the best London airport will be high up on your decision list.

With six world class airports to choose from, you’re probably thinking…

“Which is the closest airport to London city centre?”, “Is Heathrow or Gatwick a better option?” and “How do I get from Heathrow to London city centre?”

Fortunately, whether you’re flying long haul from the US into London or coming over from Sweden to enjoy a weekend long shopping trip, our London airport travel guide will answer all your questions.

Where are London’s airports?

map showing the location of London Airports

Heathrow

graphic show travel and passenger about Heathrow airport

How far is Heathrow airport from London city centre?

Heathrow airport is located 14.6 miles to the west of London city centre. It is the second closest airport to London city centre.

How long does it take to get from Heathrow airport to London city centre?

The average connection time from Heathrow airport to London city centre is 53.5 minutes. This is an average time, across all modes of transport, calculated by analysing data from one week in 2017 (bus, train, taxi and tube). This is the second quickest average connection time across all London airports.

How do I get from Heathrow airport to London city centre?

There are four connection options for travelling from Heathrow airport to central London. These include the London underground tube system, taxi, Heathrow Express and the National Express bus service. The approximate cost and connection time for each mode of transport is detailed in the table below.

graphic showing how to connect from Heathrow to London centre

How many Heathrow flights are cancelled or delayed?

An analysis of Heathrow airport data from 2017 showed that 1.03% of flights were cancelled. This is the second highest cancellation rate across all London airports. The average Heathrow flight delay across all flights was 13.9 minutes.

How much does it cost to fly into Heathrow airport?

If you’re flying into London from North America, the average travel fare for an economy flight in August was £306.75. If you’re flying into London from Europe, you’ll be happy to know that the average travel fare is much cheaper at only £71.86.

The average travel fare for both North America and Europe was calculated by analysing 1000 flights flying into Heathrow from each North American and European airport. To access the raw data, please continue to the full methodology at the bottom of this article.

Gatwick

graphic showing travel and passenger data about gatwick airport

How far is Gatwick airport from London city centre?

Gatwick airport is located 24.3 miles to the south of London city centre. It is the third closest airport to London city centre.

How long does it take to get from Gatwick airport to London city centre?

The average connection time from Gatwick airport to London city centre is 75 minutes. This is an average time, across all modes of transport, calculated by analysing data from one week in 2017 (bus, train and taxi).

How do I get from Gatwick airport to London city centre?

There are three connection options for travelling from Gatwick airport to central London. These include the Gatwick Express (train), taxi and the National Express bus service. The cost and connection time of each mode is detailed in the table below.

graphic showing how to connect from Gatwick airport to London centre

How many Gatwick flights are cancelled or delayed?

An analysis of Gatwick airport data from 2017 showed that 0.86% of flights were cancelled. This is 0.19% lower than Heathrow’s flight cancellation rate. The average Gatwick flight delay across all flights was 12.7 minutes.

How much does it cost to fly into Gatwick airport?

If you’re flying into London from North America, the average travel fare for an economy flight in August was £238.67. This is nearly £80 cheaper than flying into Heathrow. If you’re flying into London from Europe, the average travel fare is £64.46.

The average travel fare for both North America and Europe was calculated by analysing 1000 flights flying into Gatwick from each North American and European airport. To access the raw data, please continue to the full methodology at the bottom of this article.

London City

graphic showing travel and passenger data about London City airport

How far is London City airport from London city centre?

London City airport is located 7.3 miles to the east of London city centre. It is the closest airport to London city centre.

How long does it take to get from London City airport to London city centre?

The average connection time from London City airport to London city centre is 38.5 minutes. This is an average time, across all modes of transport, calculated by analysing data from one week in 2017 (taxi and tube).

How do I get from London City airport to London city centre?

There are two connection options for travelling from London City airport to central London. These are the London underground tube system and taxi. The cost and connection time of each mode of transport is detailed in the table below.

graphic showing how to connect from London City airport to London centre

How many London City flights are cancelled or delayed?

An analysis of London City airport data from 2017 showed that 1.72% of flights were cancelled. This is the highest cancellation rate across all London airports. The average London City flight delay across all flights was 12.7 minutes.

How much does it cost to fly into London City airport?

As you can imagine, you don’t get door-to-door London access without paying for it. A London City flight from North America will cost on average £330.86. The highest travel fare across all London airports. If you’re flying from Europe, the flights don’t get much cheaper. The average travel fare is £99.10, £20 more expensive than the next London airport.

Stansted Airport

graphic showing travel and passenger data about Stansted airport

How far is Stansted airport from London city centre?

Stansted airport is located 31.2 miles to the north east of London city centre.

How long does it take to get from Stansted airport to London city centre?

The average connection time from Stansted airport to London city centre is 73.5 minutes. This is an average time across all modes of transport calculated by analysing data from one week in 2017 (taxi, bus and tube).

How do I get from Stansted airport to London city centre?

There are three connection options for travelling from Stansted airport to central London. These include the Stansted Express, a National Express bus and a taxi. The cost and connection time of each mode of transport is detailed in the table below.

graphic showing how to connect from Stansted to London centre

How many Stansted flights are cancelled or delayed?

An analysis of Stansted airport data from 2017 showed that only 0.21% of flights were cancelled. This is the second lowest cancellation rate across all London airports. The average Stansted flight delay across all flights was 11.8 minutes.

How much does it cost to fly into Stansted airport?

If you’re looking for a cheap London airport, then Stansted is definitely an option. Costing an average of £274.53 for an economy flight from North America, Stansted offers the second cheapest flights for intercontinental visitors. European visitors can also get a good deal with Stansted airport. Offering flights for an average of £59.84, Stansted is the cheapest London airport for European tourists.

Luton Airport

graphic showing travel and passenger data about Luton Airport

How far is Luton airport from London city centre?

Luton airport is located 27.4 miles to the north of London city centre.

How long does it take to get from Luton airport to London city centre?

The average connection time from Luton airport to London city centre is 74.5 minutes. This is an average time, across all modes of transport, calculated by analysing data from one week in 2017 (taxi, bus and tube).

How do I get from Luton airport to London city centre?

There are three connection options for travelling from Luton airport to central London. These include an East Midlands train service, a National Express bus and a taxi. The cost and connection time of each mode of transport is detailed in the table below.

graphic showing how to connect from Luton airport to London centre

How many Luton flights are cancelled or delayed?

An analysis of Luton airport data from 2017 showed that only 0.33% of flights were cancelled. This is one of the lowest cancellation rates across all London airports. The average Luton flight delay across all flights was 7.1 minutes.

How much does it cost to fly into Luton airport?

A flight from North America into Luton will set you back on average £275.56. That’s just £1 more expensive than Stansted. A great option for American tourists. Luton is also a great option for European tourists. Costing on average £63.36 for an economy flight, Luton is one of the cheapest airports in London.

London Southend Airport

graphic showing travel and passenger data about London Southend airport

How far is London Southend airport from London city centre?

Skirting on the border of London and Essex, London Southend airport is 42 miles from central London. London Southend is the furthest airport from the city centre.

How long does it take to get from London Southend airport to London city centre?

The average connection time from London Southend airport to London city centre is 111.5 minutes. This is an average time, across all modes of transport, calculated by analysing data from one week in 2017 (taxi and train).

How do I get from London Southend airport to London city centre?

There are two connection options for travelling from London Southend airport to central London. These include a Great Anglia train service and a taxi. The cost and connection time of each mode of transport is detailed in the table below.

graphic showing how to connect from London Southend to London centre

How many London Southend flights are cancelled or delayed?

An analysis of London Southend airport data from 2017 showed that only 0.10% of flights were cancelled. This is the lowest cancellation rate across all London airports. The average London City flight delay across all flights was 12.4 minutes.

How much does it cost to fly into London Southend airport?

Surprisingly, London Southend is not the cheapest airport to fly into, costing on average £296.53 for an economy flight from North America. The airport is far from the cheapest option for European visitors either. Costing on average £83.24 for an economy flight from Europe, London Southend is actually one of the more expensive London airports.