With London being one of the world’s largest cities it is no surprise to anyone that there are an abundance of airports. Boasting five commercial airports this is the major air hub for all of Europe offering flights to just about anywhere one could wish. All the airports service a number of flights daily and depending on one’s destination they may choose to travel via Heathrow, City Airport, Gatwick, Stansted, or Luton.
Heathrow is one of the largest and busiest airports in the entire world with more than one hundred and sixty countries visited by flights leaving the airport. Nearly one hundred carriers use Heathrow and there are constant stream of visitors from around the world streaming in and out of the airport.
With only one runway City Airport is the premier airport for those on business heading to Europe or New York. Those arriving via City Airport will find themselves conveniently located near the heart of the city in the Docklands area near Canary Warf. By rail, Tube, or taxi London’s business district is only minutes away.
Gatwick is the second largest airport and offers a range of flights to locations around the world. It is located in West Sussex approximately thirty miles from London making it a bit more difficult for those without personal vehicles to get there but it does boast an express train running between Gatwick airport and Victoria Station in London.
Stansted is a rapidly growing airport as it offers low-cost flights to Europe and the Mediterranean. Locals have long turned to this low-frills airport for holiday travels. Located forty miles from the city center the quickest way to get to Stansted Airport from London is by rail. The Stansted Express runs between the airport and Liverpool Station in downtown.
Similar in its appeal to Stansted Airport Luton Airport is a no-frills airport offering locals flights to Europe, North Africa and Asia. It is located nearly forty miles from the center of the city with the fastest form of transportation being by rail. Travelers can take a train from St. Pancreas Station to the airport as they run regularly. The airport is also easily accessible from the M1 Motorway.
Living here is a wonderful opportunity for American expats to explore Europe and beyond. With five airports at one’s disposal, many with affordable flight to major European destinations, there is little excuse for why one’s time living in London shouldn’t be full of frequent holidays.