There are six different airports that service the London area: Heathrow, London City, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, and Southend.
Technically speaking, only Heathrow and London City are within the bounds of London itself, although Gatwick is actually the second busiest after Heathrow in terms of international traffic.
Travellers may find Heathrow the more convenient of the two, as it is connected to central London via the Tube, as well as overground rail, buses, and of course, taxis or shuttles. Be aware that taxis will be quite pricey from Heathrow, with fares potentially reaching £80 or more. We recommend taking the Tube - the Piccadilly Line goes downtown from Heathrow.
Gatwick is only accessible via bus, rail, or taxi-style services. Again, rail is the most budget-friendly option, and should be favoured over taxis. To access the overground rail system, just hop on the South Terminal via the free airport shuttle and you have several options.
London City Airport is located 5 minutes from ExCeL London, offering 350 flights a day to over 40 destinations.
Travel times from airports to ExCeL London:
• Gatwick : 1 hour 15 minutes by car or taxi; 1 hour by public transport • Stansted : 1 hour by car or taxi; 1 hour 10 minutes by public transport • Heathrow : 1 hour 20 minutes by car or taxi; 1 hour 30 minutes by public transport • Luton : 1 hour 20 minutes by car or taxi; 1 hour 40 minutes by public transport
Eurostar operates regular train services from Brussels and Paris to St Pancras International. Journey time from St Pancras to ExCeL by public transport is approx. 32 minutes.
Travellers from other parts of England or the United Kingdom often come into the city via train. There are several different train lines that run from other major cities to London, including Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, and more. Then, there are several major destination stations within London itself, including Waterloo, King’s Cross, Victoria, London Bridge, and more (many of which are also Tube stops).
For complete information about visiting and how to get around London via commuter rail, explore the Visit London train guide.