London has four major international airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton. There are transport links to the centre of London from all of these airports. Information for the transport links can be found here:
Getting around London
To use all transportation in London, you need to either have an “Oyster card” or a contactless bank card. Oyster cards are contactless cards which make payment for journeys quick and easy. You can purchase a card from the ticket offices and machines at any tube station. The deposit for the card is £5. Once you get the card, you can top up your money at the machines the station.
If you travel a lot throughout the day your Oyster card will be capped, once you reach that capped price you will not be charged for the rest of the day. If you are only travelling between Zone 1 and 2 the cap is £6.60; if you are travelling between Zone 1 and 3 the cap is £7.70. The cap and all fares are the same whether you are using an Oyster Card or a contactless bank card.
To use the card simply tap it on this symbol before entering the tube and then do the same when you exit. On buses you will only need to do this once, when you enter the bus. When the light on the reader goes green it means your card has been accepted. All buses and most of the tube stations will also let you know how much money you have left on your card.
Getting around London is very easy, are there are apps available to help you plan your journey. There are night buses on most major routes and a night tube service on the Central Line, Victoria Line, Jubilee Line, Northern Line and Picadilly Line.
If you want to get a taxi you can either hail a black cab or use an app like Hailo or Uber. Note that black cabs can be quite expensive and some only take cash.
Useful places to check information on transport routes, fees and travel times: