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Translations (UK - US)

  • saloon = sedan (car)
  • estate = station wagon (car)
  • motorway = main highway (interstate)
  • dual carriageway = divided highway
  • roundabout = traffic circle
  • petrol = gas
  • boot = trunk

London Airports

Flights from North America to London arrive at Gatwick or Heathrow airports. These flights leave in the evening in North America and arrive in the middle of the night on your body clock - morning in England time (around noon if flying from the west coast). London is five hours later than the US East Coast, eight hours later than the West Cost.

Discount flights leave the UK for European destinations from Luton and Stansted airports.

Getting into London from the Airports

All London airports offer train service from the airport to London. All airports, except Luton, have train stations in the airport. Luton has a bus service that takes you to the train station. The trains arrive at different train stations in London and all connect to the London Underground. Details below.

EasyBus is less expensive than the train and runs from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted to central London (does not run from Heathrow). Note there are charges for extra luggage.

Read our Accommodations - London Airports for hotel/B&B suggestions when flying in or out of the London airports.

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Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport, west of London (near the junction of the M25 ring road and the M4), is used by most major airlines.

Heathrow Express: Express trains from Heathrow Airport to London Paddington Station in 15 minutes. From Paddington Station you can get onto the London Underground or take a taxi to your hotel. Purchase your ticket online, in the train station or on the train (only if coming from the airport - £2 surcharge).

RailAir: Buses run by First Great Western trains take you from Heathrow directly to Reading train station where you can get express trains to Bath or Oxford (and other places). Purchase combined ticket for bus/train on The Trainline.

Heathrow Airport Guide has complete information about the airport, how to get there and transportation from the airport.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport, south of London (south of the M25 ring road), is used by most major airlines.

Gatwick Express: Express trains from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria Station in 30 minutes. From Victoria Station you can get onto the London Underground or take a taxi to your hotel. Purchase your ticket online or in the train station. The website does not say if you can purchase your ticket on the train when you get on at the airport, but we did this a couple of years ago.

EasyBus: Bus from Gatwick to central London.

First Capital Connect: Trains from Gatwick Airport to Brighton (30 minutes). Trains from Gatwick Airport to Luton Airport (if transferring to flights within Europe). Purchase your ticket online or at the airport.

Gatwick Airport Guide has complete information about the airport, how to get there and transportation from the airport.

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport (on the M11 to Cambridge) is north of London. Most major airlines use Heathrow and Gatwick, but many of the discount airlines (Ryanair, EasyJet) use Stansted. (The business class airlines MaxJet and EOS used to fly from the US to Stansted, but both went out of business recently.)

Stansted Express: Frequent trains from Stansted Airport to Tottenham Hale Station and Liverpool Station in London. From the London stops you can get onto the London Underground or take a taxi to your hotel. Purchase your ticket online or at the train station.

EasyBus: Bus from Stansted to central London.

Stansted Airport Guide has complete information about the airport, how to get there and transportation from the airport.

Luton Airport

Luton Airport (on the M1) is north of London. Most major airlines use Heathrow and Gatwick, but many of the discount airlines (Ryanair, EasyJet) use Luton. The business class airline, SilverJet, goes from the US East Coast to Luton.

First Capital Connect: Special buses take you from Luton Airport to the Luton Airport Parkway train station (5 minute ride). From there you get First Capital Connect trains to London St Pancras Station (30 minutes). Purchase your tickets online or at the airport.

EasyBus: Bus from Luton to central London.

Luton Airport Guide has complete information about the airport, how to get there and transportation from the airport.

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