I am interested to know how London airports compare to each other, including if travelling to a different airport - such as Southend, Southampton or Bristol - might be more feasible.

Despite Gatwick (LGW) being further away than City (LCY) and Heathrow (LHR), it can often be much faster to get to this airport.

One thing to consider at Heathrow is not only the distance between terminals, but the frequency of transit connections between terminals. On one occassion, it took 45 mins to get from the Central Bus Station to the Terminal 5 departure hall, of which 15 mins were spent waiting for the connecting Piccadilly line (Heathrow Express had the same gap between services also).

Fares for Gatwick Express can cost as much as £35 and for Heathrow Express can cost as much as £41 for a standard ticket. By contrast, a one-night stay at a nearby Premier Inn or Travelodge can be around £29 or even less!

Information of interest would be:

  • Journey times from London to the airport.
  • Cost of that journey to the airport.
  • Cost of a hotel near that airport.
  • Transfer times between terminals (if more than one).
  • Average times through bag drop, airport security and boarding.
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    I'm not sure I agree with the statement. London City Airport is a pretty nice pocket-sized airport which is very convenient for anyone in central or East London, with short check-in times, fast baggage delivery, and in most cases very little walking. The choice of flights is of course limited, but when the option exists, it's definitely my favorite.
    – jcaron
    Feb 7, 2016 at 13:04
  • London city center to the gate at Luton takes ~2 hours. I'm not sure any remote airport could beat that.
    – JonathanReez
    Feb 7, 2016 at 13:08
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    Gatwick is on the trainline south, so you're going to hardpressed to beat it, it's also very accessible from central London. LCY and LHR too aren't actually that bad if taking hte tube. LTN and STN though...(shudders)
    – Mark Mayo
    Feb 7, 2016 at 13:23
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    I've decided to compile my own data on this which I'll share soon; I've seen charts comparing airports around the world and I'm specifically talking about airports in proximity to London. Most of the time, airports are actually nice places to be. Feb 15, 2016 at 6:35
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    @AdamElsodaney I never produced a chart, but travel.stackexchange.com/questions/62718/… might be of some use. Definitely would like to see a nice visualisation of it if you feel inspired :-) Apr 18, 2016 at 18:40


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