Thursday Aug 16:

Passengers please note Hartmann Road will close from 22nd July for one month. To access pick-up and car parks please use the Eastern entrance. Traffic lights are in place on Hartmann Road for accessing the drop-off area.

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Getting to the Airport

Easy to reach by rail, taxi and road

As the only airport in London, we are ideally located for those travelling to and from London and Greater London. With great public transport links and road connections on our doorstep, central London is no more than 30 minutes away.

If you’re planning on using public transport, a Visitor Oyster card is a great idea. Top up your Oyster card it works on trains and buses. On the trains, you just tap the card when you embark on your journey and tap again at the end to pay.

If you are arriving by road, we’ve directions for getting here and information on airport car parks too.

Visitor Oyster Card

Oyster cards are a good place to start when visiting London. They can be used on all forms of public transport and bought in advance. To purchase a Visitor Oyster card click here. 

A Visitor Oyster card offers many benefits to users:

  • The best for transport. It’s valid on all London public transport, including 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 queueing at airports and stations, the card costs £5 and it comes with refundable pre-loaded values of £20, £30, £40 or £50

  • Easy. Just touch your card to the yellow readers at the turnstiles at the beginning of your journey and touch out at the end

  • Flexible. Top up at any underground station or store in London, it doesn’t expire, and 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)

Contactless

If your card was issued in the UK on Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express and displays the contactless payment symbol (shown above), you should be able to use it to travel on DLR, Bus, Tube, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus, Tram and most National Rail services in London.

Non-UK contactless cards

Most contactless cards issued outside the UK can be used to buy tickets or top up an Oyster card at ticket machines at Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL rail stations, at ticket offices and TfL Visitor Centres, even if they can't be used for contactless travel.

Please be aware that overseas transaction fees or charges may apply for travel made with a card issued outside the UK, generally, this is only one charge per day, please check with your card issuer.

For further information on contactless travel please see TfL website