London Airport Connections

London has several airports, with the busiest being Heathrow and Gatwick; Stansted, Luton, and London City Airport are smaller.

So, how do you make your way to/from these airports? Fortunately, there is a host of options, with the easiest (but most expensive) being a door-to-door private transfer just for you (get in touch for quotes), to London Underground, airport express trains, and inexpensive buses.

To book, email sales@britishtips.com or call 021 975 2047.


Heathrow – Gatwick direct connection

There’s only one direct public transport option between these airports, and that’s by National Express Speedlink bus. These buses depart several times per hour in either direction, and take around 1.5 hours to make the journey. It is recommended to allow at least 4 hours in order to make this journey, however, as traffic conditions can affect journey time.

Price per person*

Adult (16+): R 690 one way / R 1 190 return

Child (3 – 15 years): R 345 one way / R 595 return


Heathrow Airport – London

HEATHROW EXPRESS TRAIN

  • Train between Heathrow Airport and London Paddington
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Every 15 – 20 minutes
  • Non-stop train with seating and plenty of luggage space, at-seat power points to charge your devices, and on-board WiFi.
  • Level platform access, wheelchair accessible
  • No time reserved – take any Heathrow Express

Price per person standard class*

Adult (16+): R 745 one way

Child (0 – 15 years): Free of charge

Price per person first class*

Adult (16+): R 845 one way

Child (0 – 15 years): Free of charge


NATIONAL EXPRESS BUS

  • Bus between Heathrow Airport and London Victoria.
  • Duration: One to one-and-a-half-hours
  • Up to 48 direct buses daily
  • Comfortable seating and ample luggage space
  • Time reserved

Price per person*

Adult (16+): R 244 one way

Child (3 – 15 years): R 125 one way

Infant (0 – 3 years): Free of charge


London Underground

Take the London Underground using your London Visitor Oyster Card. Hop on the Piccadilly Line to get you into central London. This will take around 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the time you travel (for example, morning and evening rush hours are very busy and take longer).


Gatwick Airport – London

GATWICK EXPRESS TRAIN

  • Train between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria
  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Every 15 minutes
  • Non-stop train with seating and plenty of luggage space, at-seat power points to charge your devices, and on-board WiFi.
  • Level platform access, wheelchair accessible
  • No time reserved – take any Heathrow Express

Price per person standard class*

Adult (16+): R 468 one way

Child (5 – 15 years): R 152 one way

Infant (0 – 4 years): Free of charge

Price per person first class*

Adult (16+): R 698 one way

Child (5 – 15 years): R 350 one way

Infant (0 – 4 years): Free of charge


NATIONAL EXPRESS BUS

  • Bus between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria
  • Duration: Two-and-a-half-hours to three hours
  • Up to 17 direct buses daily
  • Comfortable seating and ample luggage space
  • Time reserved

Price per person*

Adult (16+): R 280 one way

Child (3 – 15 years): R 140 one way

Infant (0 – 3 years): Free of charge


Stansted Airport – London

STANSTED EXPRESS TRAIN

  • Train between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale, or Stratford International
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Every 15 – 30 minutes
  • No time reserved, take any Stansted Express

Price per person standard class*

Adult (16+): R 525 one way

Child (5 – 15 years): R 265 one way

Infant (0 – 5 years): Free of charge


NATIONAL EXPRESS BUS

  • Bus between Stansted Airport and London Victoria
  • Duration: Two hours
  • Over 50 buses daily
  • Comfortable seating and ample luggage space
  • Time reserved

Price per person*

Adult (16+): R 388 one way

Child (3 – 15 years): R 194 one way

Infant (0 – 3 years): Free of charge


Luton Airport – London

LUTON TRAIN

  • Train between London St Pancras and Luton Airport
  • 50 – 60 minutes, changing at Luton Parkway
  • Approximately half-hourly
  • Standard commuter train
  • No time reserved – take any train on this route

Price per person standard class*

Adult (16+): R 630 one way

Child (5 – 15 years): R 338 one way

Infant (0 – 4 years): Free of charge


NATIONAL EXPRESS BUS

  • Bus between Luton Airport and London Victoria
  • Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Around 35 buses daily
  • Comfortable seating and ample luggage space
  • Time reserved

Price per person*

Adult (16+): R 292 one way

Child (3 – 15 years): R 146 one way

Infant (0 – 3 years): Free of charge


London City Airport – London

This journey is by Docklands Light Rail (DLR) Overground Train and can only be purchased in London. The London City Airport DLR station connects to Canning Town (seven minutes), Woolwich Arsenal, and Stratford International (17 minutes). Trains depart every eight to 15 minutes.

You may use your London Visitor Oyster Card to get to London City Airport on the DLR as it is in Zone 3.


*All rates are valid until 31 December 2022, and subject to major currency fluctuations.

IMPORTANT: All times provided are estimates based on normal weekly schedules and are subject to change. Remember to leave sufficient time between flights to get from one airport to the other, especially if changing flight providers, or from the airport to attractions or other connections. Always bear in mind that delays can and do happen, either at the airport or on the transport itself, particularly problematic during rush hour or peak holiday periods.

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