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London City Airport is easy to reach by public transport, with a fast Docklands Light Railway service linking to London’s Underground and national rail stations.

The July 2008 issue of Business Traveller magazine rated London City Airport as having the best public transport links in the world. 

Oyster cards can be used on all forms of public transport; it is preferable to purchase cards in advance. To purchase a visitor Oyster card click here. 

For more information on visitor oyster cards click here.  

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Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

The Docklands Light Railway is an overground system connecting East London to the London Underground network.

The London City Airport DLR station is connected to the airport Terminal making transport to and from the Airport fast and convenient.

The Airport is located in Zone 3. Oyster cards and tickets can be purchased at the DLR counter adjacent to the Airport Terminal.

The DLR departs London City Airport every 8 to 15 minutes, with journey times of less than 7 minutes to Canning Town or Woolwich Arsenal and 17 minutes to Stratford International.


Click here, Visitor Oyster Card, for more information on public transport tickets and to purchase. 

Click here to plan your journey on the Transport for London website.


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* In connection with Crossrail construction work, bus routes 473 and 474 will be diverted. Work had commenced from 6 April 2013 and will be completed by 2015.

Bus number 473 will start and finish at London City Airport and will not serve Albert Road or the Woolwich Free Ferry.

Bus number 474 towards Canning Town will be diverted between Gallions Reach roundabout and London City Airport, running nonstop via Royal Albert Way.

To plan you journey and for an interactive map of bus services at the airport click here.

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If you are travelling out of London, National Rail can provide service information including timetables and routes. The closest National Rail stations include London Bridge, Waterloo and Stratford International. All three stations can be reached via the Jubilee line from Canning Town which is a seven minute DLR journey from the Airport.

Click here to plan your journey on the National Rail Journey Planner

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Licensed minicabs

London City Airport have teamed up with so you can arrange cheaper, easier transport direct from your home, office or hotel in over 40 UK cities. price comparison engine provides you with an instant quote you can then book in real time online, with txt alerts to confirm your booking.

Do you need to travel between airports? Minicabit makes organising your airport transfer as easy as possible. Find out more about Airport transfers here.

All trips are Carbon Balanced by the World Land Trust at no extra cost.

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Licensed London Taxi(Black taxi)

Licensed London Black taxis are available directly outside the Terminal building. The tariffs below are estimates. Please ask your driver for details.

Bayswater £50.00
Buckingham Palace £35.00
Canary Wharf £14.00
City of London £30.00
Covent Garden £35.00
Earls Court £50.00
ExCel Exhibtion Centre £10.00
Oxford Street £35.00
Piccadilly £40.00
South Kensington £45.00
West End £40.00
Westminster £35.00

Railway Stations

Barking £25.00
Blackfriars £30.00
Cannon Street £30.00
Charing Cross £35.00
Euston £40.00
Fenchurch Street £25.00
Kings Cross £40.00
Liverpool Street £25.00
London Bridge £30.00
Marylebone £45.00
Paddington £50.00
St Pancras £40.00
Victoria £35.00
Waterloo £35.00


Britannia International £15.00
Cumberland £45.00
Dorchester £45.00
ExCeL Hotels £10.00
Grosvenor House £45.00
Guoman Tower £25.00
Hilton Canary Wharf £15.00
Hilton Docklands £30.00
Hilton London Bridge £30.00
Hilton Park Lane £45.00
Intercontinental £45.00
Meridien Piccadilly £40.00
Millennium Gloucester £50.00
Park lane £40.00
St Giles £35.00
Thistle Marble Arch £45.00

*These fares are to be used as a guide only. The fare may vary due to time of day and traffic conditions

*For destinations not shown, please ask the taxi driver.

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Public transport tickets

Looking to travel and explore London - A Visitor Oyster is all you need to travel like a local in London. 

A Visitor Oyster card is specifically designed to provide you with the smartest travel solution in London and is your official key to the city!

The benefits -

The best for transport: Valid on all London public transport: London Underground, buses, trams, DLR and suburban rail

Smart: it automatically calculates the cheapest fare, allowing travel across all of London without having to worry about the zone system

Great value for money: The cheapest solution for visitors, much cheaper than cash or Travelcards

Ready to use: No queuing at airports and stations, the card costs £5 and it comes with refundable pre-loaded values of £20, £30, £40 or £50

Easy: Touch- in the yellow readers at the beginning of your journey and touch out at the end (touch-in only on buses)

Flexible: Top-it up at any underground station or store in London, it doesn’t expire, it can be passed on to family and friends after use

Cheap: Travel in central London (zone 1-2): Peak £8.80, Off-peak: £7.30, Travel from Heathrow (zone 1-6): Peak £16.40, Off-peak £8.90

Discounts: Use your remaining balance and get 25% discount on the Emirates Air Lines cable car (£3.20 single journey, £6.40 return), 10% discount on the Thames Clipper (from £8.55 single journey) 

Click here, Visitor Oyster Card, for more information and to purchase. 

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Chauffeur Cars

Chauffeurit offers a fixed-price transfer in comfort and style to or from any UK destination. Their smart search tool compares Executive, Premium Executive and Luxury car services from across the country to give you the greatest choice for your trip.

Vehicles available include Premium Executive saloons such as the Mercedes-Benz S Class, electric vehicles such as Tesla as well as 16-seat Executive minibuses. A meet and greet service is included with all airport pickups to ensure you have a smooth experience each time you travel with chauffeurit.

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