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Everything You Need to Know About Flying into Heathrow & Gatwick

Flying into London will have you arriving at one of the six airports that service millions of travelers each year in the surrounding London area. Here are some helpful tips for navigating Heathrow and Gatwick International Airports.

Heathrow International Airport (LHR)

Heathrow, the largest of London’s airports, is located 14 miles outside of London. Navigating your way around is easier with the use of the Heathrow Airport Guide app, downloadable here. During your time at the airport, there is free WiFi as well a plethora of international pubs, restaurants, and shopping. Most crucially, for experienced business travelers, Heathrow offers Fast Track services for connections, security and passport control.

Getting to Heathrow (and London) is easy:


The London Underground metro system, better known as “The Tube”, offers direct service to three of Heathrow’s terminals via its Piccadilly Line.


There are two rail systems transporting passengers to central London from Heathrow, the Heathrow Express and the Heathrow Connect.


Many options exist for bus or coach journeys to London.

Car or Car Service

Traditional black cabs are available throughout London and at Heathrow, as are options such as GroundLink, offering black car and limousine services.


Gatwick International Airport (LGW)

Gatwick, located 25 miles outside of London, is the second largest of London’s airports and handles a great deal of long-haul international travel. In recent years, the security and passport control systems have become automated and faster, and the airport’s terminals have been updated and are much more sophisticated. There is also an app for the Gatwick Airport.

Traveling to Gatwick or to London is a bit trickier, as there is no metro system. However, you can reach your destination by any of the following methods:


Gatwick ExpressSouthern, and Thameslink all service Gatwick station. Note: it is advised that travelers book rail tickets and print them in advance of their journeys, as the station is crowded with long lines.


easyBus offers discounted fares for airport transfers to and from Gatwick.

Car or Car Service

Gatwick has its own cab service, or ground transportation companies, such as GroundLink, provides professional, black car services.


Planning ahead for London travel is crucial to making the most out of your trip, and knowing how and when you’ll get around will make for a better situation all around.

GroundLink offers safe, reliable ground transportation and a quiet, comfortable ride, with transparent pricing that’s never metered.  Learn about The GroundLink Difference, check our rates or call (888) 546-6715.

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