Arriving in London: London City

London City is in the Docklands area to the east of central London. It is the smallest of London’s airports, and about 6 miles out.


No trains.

Underground/Docklands Light Rail

There are many DLR and some tube stations in the area. Canning Town is possibly the nearest, with a short walk. Last time we went it was signposted, but a bit confusing. Royal Albert may be a better choice.

The DLR can get you towards London, to Bank (for connections to the Central and Northern lines) or Tower Gateway (for Circle and District tube lines). There are connections to Docklands, Greenwich, Stratford…


Because it is so close to London, taxi and car service are real possibilities, especially if you have a small group of people. From maybe £50 is reasonable.


Because it is so close, red bus services are available.

It’s slower, and you may need to change, but there are routes like the 473 that are a short walk away.

Getting to central London only by red bus may be fun, but it’s slow and requires multiple changes.

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Arriving in London: Stansted

Stansted is to the north east of London, heading in the vague direction of Cambridge.

It is about 42 miles out, and seems to serve mainly Europe (including Ireland) and some flights to Africa. It is used by a lot of low cost airlines, especially Ryanair.

There is one terminal building, and it is very basic and adequate. We always think it is an airport that is hard to get lost in, and we have never had very long walks to gates.

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