Getting To London From London City Airport

London City Airport is the closest airport to central London, at just 6 miles east of the City of London, you can arrive in England’s busy capital in no time at all.

Buses Around London

Bus number 473 operates between London City Airport, Stratford, Silvertown, North Woolwich and Prince Regent DLR Station.

Bus number 474 operates between London City Airport, Canning Town, North Woolwich and East Beckton via Silvertown.

For more info regarding using busses in London, make sure to check out our transport page.


The closest overground train stations to London City airport are Silvertown and City. Trains from this station will take you to north and west London. This service will not take you into the centre of London, so if you are wanting to travel into the city then disembark at Highbury or Islington to get on the tube.


The Docklands Light Railway gives you access to London city centre, within minutes.

From London City Airport, you can catch the DLR to Canning Town tube which takes just 7 minutes. The DLR runs every 10 minutes from London City Airport.


If you want to connect to the tube, just hop on the DLR for 7 minutes to Canning Town tube station and you can connect to many different networks. You can join the Circle, District, Northern, Central and Waterloo and City lines.


The journey time to central London is approximately 30 minutes from London City Airport. It will cost you approximately between £20 and £40 to get into London, depending on where you go.

Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.

However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our London City Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.

Oyster Cards

Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster card, meaning you don’t have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.

You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National Rail Trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.

Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.


Airport Parking

If you are planning to park your car at the airport while your away then you may find cheaper quotes if you book online or by phone in advance. Take a look at our airport parking page to see prices, and compare car parks to find the cheapest deal for parking at London City Airport.

Car Hire

Planning your journey once you arrive at London City Airport? Looking for car hire? Look no further, we have compared all the car rental companies at London City airport to help you find the best deal to suit your trip. We also have their details if you wish to contact them directly.

Maps and Directions

London City airport is located just 10 miles from the West End, and only 3 miles from Canary Wharf. The journey time into London is between 30 and 40 minutes. To get to the City or West End follow the A1011, Limehouse Link road, A31 and then look for relevant signs.

When traveling into central London don’t forget that you may enter the congestion zone, this would mean that you have to pay £8 if you are traveling between the hours of 07:00 and 18:30, monday to friday.

Congestion Charge

Driving in and around Central London means that you have to pay the Congestion Charge. You may be eligible to pay the congestion charge if you are travelling in central London between the hours of 7am and 6pm Mon – Fri. The charge is £10 daily when paid by midnight on the day of travel (or £12 when paid by midnight the following charging day) and you will be notified by signs when you are approaching CC zones, are within them and exiting them.
You can pay the congestion charge in a number of ways. By text, phone, online, at a shop and by post. For more information on how to pay the congestion charge and where the congestion charge applies visit the Transport for London website.

Lift Sharing

A fantastic way to reduce costs, pollution, congestion and parking is to lift share with someone who is making the same or a similar journey as you. You can then share a car with them, which is a great way to get to and from the airport. If you are interested in lift sharing with others who are making similar journeys then take a look at London LiftShare.

It’s free to register and you enter your journey details and it will automatically display others who are making similar journeys on that day.

Once you have signed up, the system will send out an automatic email, and get in contact with those you may wish to share the journey with.

It will also calculate the CO2 and financial savings if you are to share a car, rather than driving alone.