If you have, or are about to consider moving into a serviced office in London, you’re going to have an incredible amount of transport options right at your fingertips. In London you can catch a train, a bus, a coach, an underground train, an overground train, a tram, a boat, a cable car (yes really!), or you can drive, walk or cycle – the options are absolutely huge. All of London’s transport is linked with plenty of it running at all hours of the day and night, so you’re sure to be well connected when it comes to travel here.
London by Air
In London the main airports are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City Airport. London is a key air travel hub with more than 70 million people annually passing through Heathrow Airport alone. Business travel accounts for a huge amount of London’s air travel with 1 in 5 of Gatwick’s passengers travelling on business.
Heathrow – 15 minutes from Central London using Heathrow Express
Heathrow is the busiest airport in the UK and serves 80 airlines travelling to a total of 185 different destinations. The most popular destinations served by Heathrow are; Frankfurt, New York, Dubai, Dublin and Hong Kong.
Gatwick – 30 minutes from Victoria using the Gatwick Express
Gatwick is the second largest airport in the UK and serves 45 airlines travelling to around 200 different destinations. The most popular destinations served by Gatwick are; Barcelona, Malaga, Dublin, Belfast and Geneva.
Stansted – 47 minutes from London Liverpool Street using Stansted Express
Stansted has over 17 million visitors a year and serves 12 airlines travelling to around 150 different destinations. The most popular destinations served by Stansted are; Dublin, Alicante, Malaga and Rome.
Luton – 21 minutes from Central London using East Midlands Trains
Luton has over 9.5 million visitors every year and serves around 13 airlines. The most popular destinations served by Luton are; Budapest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Warsaw and Glasgow.
London City – 27 minutes from Bank using DLR
London City is London’s leading business airport with well over 60% of the airports visitors travelling on business.
London by Rail
London has incredible rail connections to destinations in the UK and Europe. The main stations you can expect to travel to and from are; Waterloo, Paddington, King’s Cross, St Pancras, Euston, Charing Cross, Victoria, London Bridge, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street, Marylebone and Moorgate. All of these stations have links to the London Underground apart from Fenchurch Street, which is just a few minute’s walk away from two tube stations.
Examples of key route journey times:
London Waterloo to Guildford – 34 minutes
St Albans to London St Pancras – 20 minutes
Cambridge to London Kings Cross – 49 minutes
Reading to London Paddington – 29 minutes
Brighton to London Victoria – 53 minutes
St Pancras is home to the Eurostar terminal, which has regular high speed trains to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Paris and from the 1st of May 2015 Lyon Part-Dieu, Avignon TGV and Marseille Saint Charles. Trains tend to run hourly and check-in is much faster than at airports.
A key addition to London’s rail network will be Crossrail, due to open in 2018. The service has been created to transform the way commuters travel across London, and to cut congestion times. Crossrail will add 10% rail capacity to London and will deliver services to 40 different stations in and around city.
London by Bus
London provides one of the largest bus services in the world to commuters and currently 8,765 buses are in operation in the capital. There are thousands of bus routes with over 60 of those routes running all the way through the night. Millions of people use London buses to get around and you can guarantee that wherever your serviced office is located in London, you’re never going to be far away from a bus stop.
London by Tube
The London Underground has been part of London’s key transport facilities for over 150 years. It opened in 1863 and it’s busiest station is London Waterloo which serves nearly 90 million passengers every year. The DLR (Docklands Light Railway) is a similar service but runs overground and is linked to many of the Underground and longer rail services in the City.
London by Tram
London has a tram service called ‘Tramlink’ which was opened in 2000 and serves 7 National Rail Stations and well over 50 bus routes. Over 30 million people use Tramlink every year.
London by Car
Despite the exceptional public transport available in London, many people feel it is more convenient for them to drive in and out of the City. Some of the major routes into London are; the A20 from Lewisham, The Western A40, The Leyton A12, The Eastern A13 and the South-eastern A2. There are three main ring roads which link all the major roads into London, these are; the North Circular, the South Circular and the M25.
Whichever way you decide to get into London, you may want to think ahead in terms of parking. For some great advice and guidance on finding the best parking in the capital, click here.
London by Bicycle
Probably the most ‘it’ way to get around in London right now, bicycle travel has truly taken the capital by storm. So if you fancy avoiding parking issues, transport costs and getting a bit of exercise on your commute to your serviced office in London, click here – just don’t forget to wear a helmet!