Thinking of visiting our beautiful city of London? Then here’s our guide to the best way of getting here.
Flights to London
London is the largest city in Western Europe and is serviced by a total of five airports; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton and London City Airport so direct flights from a number of cities worldwide are possible including a number of internal flights.
Travelling to the city from an airport is relatively easy due to the modernisation of public transport; this includes by train, bus and taxi, but if you want to make your own way you can hire a car from Sixt car hire and travel in your own time. Bear in mind that if you drive in you may be liable for congestion charges if you enter the centre of London.
Travelling by train
London has a massive train network and every major city in the mainland UK has frequent train services to the capital. It is recommended that you purchase your train tickets in advance to get the best deals.
Three of the main train stations in London are:
• London King’s Cross – This station services trains from East Anglia, the North East of England and East Scotland.
• London Euston – This station services trains from the Midlands, the North West of England and West Scotland.
• London Paddington – This station services trains from the South West of England and Wales.
Travelling by Bus
National Express is the largest domestic coach service in mainland Britain and operates journeys to and from London from all over England, Scotland and Wales. Although a lot cheaper than the train, coach journeys to the capital are relatively slow.
The largest coach station in London is Victoria Coach Station which services coaches from both domestic and international destinations. It is situated in the centre of the city with easy access to many tourist attractions.
Travelling by car
London has a vast road network for travelling to and from the city and is easily accessible from other parts of the country. The capital is encircled by the M25 orbital motorway which connects all major routes to Scotland, Wales and the rest of England.
The three largest routes into London are:
• M1 Motorway – This is the main route from the North into the capital. In starts at Leeds travels though Yorkshire and the East Midlands to London. The M6, which connects to the M1 at Rugby leads to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, through the Lake District and terminates in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
• A1 and A1(M) – The A1 was the original road from the North to London and is still highly popular today. It starts from Edinburgh in Scotland and travels down the eastern side of England to London; it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Great North Road’.
• M4 – The M4 is the major route to and from the West of England and South Wales.
Which even way you choose to visit London, you’ll be sure to have a great time when you get here!