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Tips & Tricks When Flying into London City & London Southend Airports

Flying into London is an experience for millions of travelers each year. Thankfully there are six international airports to service these travelers. Here are some tips and tricks for traveling to and from City and Southend airports, the smallest of London’s airports.

London City Airport (LCY)

City Airport is the most convenient airport to the heart of London, only 6 miles from the city center. It is mainly used for quick international business flights to the mainland due to its small size and houses only a few restaurants and lounge areas. Because of this, it rarely feels crowded.

There are a few options for getting to London (or back to LCY):


City doesn’t have a rail station, but, you can use the Docklands Light Railway station which is a few minutes’ walk from the airport.


Local bus service will get you to and from City but there is no direct service, so be prepared for a circuitous route through London.

Car or Car Service:

Booking or hailing a cab would work for quick trips into town, as would booking black car service via GroundLink, easily booked via mobile app or website.


London Southend Airport (SEN)

Located 42 miles from the center of London, Southend Airport is still considered an area airport (while officially being located in Essex) as it has become another important hub for quick jaunts to France and Spain via low cost and budget airlines. While a very modern airport, its amenities are basic, but the overall feel is relatively stress-free. Traveling to and Southend is not as convenient as other larger airports as bus and coach service is limited.


Bus or coach service is best researched via Essex’s public transportation system. Transfers between Southend and Stansted are convenient and helpful.

Car or Car Service:

The best bet for Southend is to hire a cab or black car service such as GroundLink due to the lack of public transportation available.


Flying into and out of one of London’s smaller airports will provide you a more seamless and less stressful experience, which can add to a more joyful travel experience overall.

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