London is a fantastic city that attracts millions of tourists every year, here is our handy guide for getting into the city.
London is a global city and has more flights going to and from the city each day than anywhere else in the world. It has a total of six airports in or around the city including Heathrow, which is Europe’s largest and busiest airport.
Flights to London are available from all major cities worldwide and is the fastest way of travelling. Travelling from the airports to the city centre is relatively easy, either by taxi, bus or by rail.
London is the heart of the British rail network and every mainland city in Britain has a frequent service to the city. Since the privatisation of the rail network the price of a ticket can vary enormously depending on where you travel from, what time you travel and what class you choose.
For those who are travelling to London by train, it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance; this not only saves you money, but can also guarantee you a seat number as trains around the city can get really busy.
London is also a part of the high speed rail route, which operated from Paris and Brussels to the city via the Euro Tunnel. This service ends at St. Pancras International Station, where you can travel to your destination by using London’s extensive Underground rail system.
For those who want to travel the scenic route top London, choosing an international or domestic long distance bus ride is a great experience. Most of these long distance services arrive and depart from Victoria Coach Station, the largest coach station in London situated close to the city centre.
London has an extensive road network and is encircled by the M25 orbital motorway. This motorway is notorious for long queues and is heavily congested most of the day. Although it is possible to drive to London there are far quicker and cheaper options available.
Before you travel
Before you travel to London make sure that you have all of your documents ready, such as passports and visas if travelling from abroad. If you are unsure whether you need a visa to visit the UK it is best to check the UK Border Agency website or enlist the help of a visa advice service like IXP Visas before travelling.