City airport

Article reviewed: 2013/01/18 | Next review due: 2014/08/06

London City Airport is located in the East of London in the Docklands, just 5 km from central London and close to Canary Wharf, the business district of the City.

With a single runway, has been specially designed for smaller aircraft with short takeoff and landing. It primarily serves the City financial district London and is the smallest London airport. It is expected, however, that the Olympics will influence additional development of this airport.

Because of the small runway, City airport largely flies domestic routes, or routes to Europe. The airlines serving these destinations are British Airways and Air France subsidiary CityJet and KLM.

London City Airport is the most central London airport, with easy access to DLR. As it is smaller than the other London airports, you can save time on travel, but also on check-in times, e.g. if you don’t have any luggage to check-in you can get away with turning up 50 minutes before your flight.

City airport by train

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) travels  from Bank, Tower Gateway, Lewisham, Greenwich and Canary Wharf. The City airport stop is clearly marked on the DLR line, with Airport shuttles connecting the station to the airport.

City airport by bus

The Blue Bus runs between City airport and Liverpool Street station, going via Canary Wharf from 06.00-22.00 Mon-Fri, 06.15-13.10 Sat and 10.30-22.00 on Sundays (journey time is approximately 25 minutes).

The Green Bus runs between Canning Town and the airport every 5 minutes from 06.00-22.00 Monday to Friday, from 06.00-13.00 Saturdays and 10.00-22.00 Sundays (journey time is approximately 5 minutes).

The no. 69 bus travels from Walthamstow and North Woolwich to City airport, and the no. 473 bus goes Stratford and North Woolwich via the Excel Exhibition Centre.

Additionally, a bus connection, the Silverlink Metro, travels from Richmond to Stratford via Canning Town.

There is also the London City Airport Express Shuttle Service, which goes to Canary Wharf, with return tickets costing around £10.

City airport by taxi

Taxis leave from in front of the terminal building (a journey into central London takes about 20-30 minutes). Additionally, the new Excel Exhibition Centre is just 5 minutes from the airport by taxi.

Approximate taxi fares from the City airport :

  • Bayswater £40.00
  • Buckingham Palace £30.00
  • Canary Wharf £12.00
  • City of London £20.00
  • Covent Garden £25.00
  • Earls Court £40.00
  • ExCel Exhibition Centre £10.00
  • Oxford Street £30.00
  • Piccadilly £30.00
  • South Kensington £35.00
  • West End £30.00
  • Westminster £30.00

Tooltip information:

  • DLR: Docklands Light Railway
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