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.
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