London: How to get to London from London City Airport

London: How to get to London from London City Airport

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This is the most centrally located of all the airports, being only 6 miles from central London, making it a breeze to get to. It is rather small and caters mostly for business travelers. Its destinations are mostly short haul in Europe, as well as New York. This airport also has great connections across the UK. Just 3.6 million passengers use the airport yearly, and it is the least busy of London’s airports. 

The airport has had an expansion approved to be finished by 2019.Due to the short runway length and its location, the airplanes used here are all relatively small – the largest takes just 132 passengers.

Public Transport from London City Airport to London

DLR from London City Airport to London

Transport for London operates the DLR, which is integrated with the Underground system. Bank Station to London City Airport is only 22 minutes on the DLR with fantastic views of East London along the way. Oyster Card and contactless card fares are £3.30 during peak times, and £2.80 off-peak. The cash fare is £4.90. 

Other transport from London City Airport to London

Driving from London City Airport to Central London 

We do not recommend driving to London City Airport and around London in general. Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz operate rental locations at the airport. The driving time will take between 35 minutes and 1 hour depending on where you are going to in central London.

Taxi and Uber from London City Airport to London

Taxi prices are metered from London City Airport to central London. 

How much does it cost in a taxi or uber from from London City Airport to London?
Expect to pay about £35 each way between the airport and Covent Garden, £40 to Piccadilly and £50 to Bayswater. Uber prices average £20 to £30 from most places in central London. If you are using Uber, get $20/£10 free credit by using our exclusive sign-up link at or enter “uberindependentguides” as a voucher code when using the app for the first time.

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