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Quick guide to London Airports

With the London 2012 Olympic Games little more than a year away, many overseas visitors are now aware of whether their applications for tickets have been successful. Those fortunate enough to receive tickets will now be switching their focus to travel and hunting down flights to the UK, in particular flights to one of London’s airports.

There are five main London airports and visitors flying to London should be aware that although these have London in their title, they are not all based in central London. Distances vary and visitors should be aware of the distances from central London.

The five main London Airports are listed below by the number of passengers handled:

London Heathrow Airport
The UK’s busiest airport is located around 15 miles west of central London and has easy access into London via the M4 and M25 motorways or by rail using the Heathrow Express which connects the airport to Paddington Station. Heathrow Express trains operate every 15 minutes with a journey time of 15 minutes, alternatively, a stopping service operates to Paddington and takes around 26 minutes.

London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is the UK’s second busiest airport, and is situated around 30 miles south of central London. Located just off the M23 motorway, the airport has excellent road and rail connections. London Victoria Station can be reached via the Gatwick Express, which operates every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes, alternatively, a stopping service also operates to Victoria.

London Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport is located around 40 miles from central London, just off the M11 motorway. Central London can be reached via the Stansted Express service, which operates every 15 minutes and takes 45 minutes to reach London Liverpool Street Station.

London Luton Airport
Luton Airport is situated 32 miles north of Central London and is accessible via the main M1 and M25 motorways or via a train link from Luton Airport Parkway Station. Trains from Luton to St. Pancras international station take around 25 minutes.

London City Airport
As the name suggests, London City Airport is situated in London, six miles from the city centre and only two miles from the site of the 2012 London Olympics. London City Airport offers transport connections via the Docklands Light Railway, which connects East London to the London Underground.