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Closest Airport To Central London

Thu Dec 12, 2002 4:42 pm

Hi guys. was just wondering which is the closest airport to Kensington/Central London. Im planning on flying Easyjet to Edinburgh and noticed they have flights from Luton/Stansted and Gatwick. just trying to work out which would be the most convenient to leave from .. Thanx..
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RE: Closest Airport To Central London

Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:32 pm

I did a quick check on the time tables and found journey durations as follows. Hope this helps.

Kings Cross - Gatwick 01:00
Kings Cross - Luton 01:10
Liverpool Street - Stansted 00:45

Both Kings Cross and Liverpool Street are easily accessable by underground, bus or cab.
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RE: Closest Airport To Central London

Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:38 pm

Luton is tube to Kings Cross and then a Thameslink train to Luton Airport Parkway, then the shuttle bus ride up the hill to the airport. Stansted is tube to Liverpool Street and then the train to the airport.

However, Gatwick will be the easiest and probably quickest to get to from Kensington - tube to Victoria and then half an hour on the Gatwick Express straight to the terminal building.

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RE: Closest Airport To Central London

Thu Dec 12, 2002 9:46 pm

Stanstead or Luton - Green bus line to Victori and then District or Circle Line to High S Kennsington

Gatwick - Gatwick Express (no traffic concerns) to Victoria then same tube lines.
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RE: Closest Airport To Central London

Fri Dec 13, 2002 12:39 am

From my personal experiences, I would say Gatwick, you will have a comfortable and fast train connection from Gatwick to Victoria with the Gatwick Express, and from Victoria the tube(Circle Line) to Kensington.......
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RE: Closest Airport To Central London

Fri Dec 13, 2002 12:53 am

I would just add that Luton is pretty ropey into London - the bus ride followed by the train into Kings Cross is a real pain - especially if its anywhere near 7am - 10am and 4pm - 7pm - the trains are seriously overcrowded especially heading back to Luton from Kings Cross - I have been in the position where its been impossible to actually get on numerous trains simply because their isnt any room - standing or seating !!

Gatwick would get my vote.

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RE: Closest Airport To Central London

Fri Dec 13, 2002 3:35 am

I would recommend Gatwick. There are two train services from Gatwick to Victoria (Kennsington is a few minutes away from Victoria on the tube). The South Central train takes 35-40 minutes and doesn't have much luggage space, and if it's a busy time the train will be crowded. The Gatwick Express train takes 30 minutes and has lots of luggage space and plenty of seats, though it's more expensive than South Central.


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