Getting to the airport using public transport
London City Airport is easy to reach by public transport, with the DLR linking to London’s tube and rail network, and bus links too
We are proud of our accessibility at London City Airport; we have been described as the airport with the best public transport links in the world.
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)
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