Getting to & from

Getting to & from

Welcome to the capital’s most central airport

You’ll find us in East London, just 5 miles from the City of London.

Getting here by public transport

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serves London City Airport and provides fast connections to central London, and other parts of the Transport for London (TfL) network such as the Elizabeth line, London Overground and London Underground.

Trains depart every 4 to 10 minutes depending on destination. Indicative Journey times are:

  • 15 minutes to Canary Wharf by changing at Canning Town for the Jubilee line

  • 20 minutes to ExCeL London at Custom House changing at Canning Town to the DLR Beckton line

  • 21 minutes to Bank in central London

  • 7 minutes to Canning Town or Woolwich Arsenal

  • 15 minutes to Stratford

Plan your journey with Transport for London.

Assisted and Accessible Travel

There is step-free wheelchair access on buses serving the airport. Learn more about assisted travel at the airport.

The DLR is a step free network and a lift connects the London City Airport DLR station platforms with the main airport terminal. There is a member of staff on every train.

Learn more about accessible travel with Transport for London.

How to pay

London City Airport is located in fare Zone 3.

Use a contactless card or mobile device for adult rate pay as you go travel on all our transport services. Always use the same device or contactless card to touch in and out - this will help you pay the right fare. Most contactless cards issued outside the UK can be used to pay as you go for travel (overseas transaction fees may apply, check with your provider).

An Oyster card is a smart card that you add money to, so you can pay as you go. You can pay as you go to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, most Elizabeth line, IFS Cloud Cable Car and Thames Clippers River Bus services.

Buy a Visitor Oyster card online before you travel or pick one up at the DLR Information Centre in the London City Airport DLR station and in stations across London. You can top up the value at stores and station ticket machines around the TfL network.

Under 11s travel for free.

UK contactless cards

If your card was issued in the UK on Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express and has the contactless payment symbol, you should be able to use it on all public transport across London. Yes, even River Bus!

Non-UK contactless cards

You can use most cards issued outside the UK to buy tickets or to top up Oyster card value at ticket machines – even if the card itself doesn’t let you tap in and out at ticket barriers. Please note that overseas transaction fees may apply, usually only one charge per day. Check with your card issuer.

How to use contactless or mobile pay as you go.

Getting Here by Car:

  • Terminal building postcode: E16 2PX 

  • Terminal car park postcode: E16 2PB (On-site car park for blue badge parking or Pick-up Area)

  • GPS coordinates:  51.502982, 0.053069

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