How to Travel to London, England

An estimated 13 million tourists visit London, England every year, with a majority of them coming from other countries. We look at what you should consider and what you can expect upon your arrival.
Geography

London has five international airports, but Heathrow and Gatwick are likely to be your best bets, as they draw most of the air traffic in and out of England's capital.

Considerations

Heathrow is busier, but is closer to central London than Gatwick. Gatwick does have an express train that runs throughout the day straight to Victoria Station.

Where to Stay

When planning your trip to London, think about what you want to do and then try to schedule your hotel stay based on convenience; if you plan to dive into the West End, then consider a hotel such as the Strand Palace.

Fun Fact

London City Airport is the only one of London's five airports actually in the City of London.

Time Frame

If you leave from the U.S., you'll likely arrive in London in the early morning and travel experts suggest that you avoid a nap and try to put in a full day.

Warning

Have your passport handy at all times, as security measures in the airports may require you to present it more than once.

Warning

London's black cabs are licensed and very reliable; unlicensed taxis should be avoided.

Resources
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