London Airports – A Visitors Guide

Airports

There are five main airports in London and Select Coach Hire are able to provide transfers to and from all of them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Heathrow Airport
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Stansted Airport
  • Luton Airport
  • London City Airport

Our pick up procedure is the same at all of these airports as coach drivers are not allowed to leave their vehicles you will need to find your way to the coach pick up point where your vehicle will be waiting for you.

At Heathrow, we usually arrange to meet our passengers at the Central Bus Station which is located at Terminal 5. The Central Bus Station is within walking distance from Terminals 1 and 3, and there are shuttle buses from Terminals 4 and 5.

At Gatwick Airport, we usually arrange to meet our passengers at either the coach stands at the North Terminal or the coach station in the South terminal.There is a shuttle service between the terminals should you need to travel between them.

Stansted Airport is the furthest airport from Central London, the coach station is easy to find and is opposite the main arrivals entrance.

The coach stands at Luton Airport are easy to find and located just outside the arrivals area.

The pick up points for coaches at London City Airport are just outside the arrivals area and are well sign posted.

airport facilities

Facilities at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is a family friendly airport with a wide range of baby care facilities, kids play areas, baggage storage and cafe’s and restaurants.

The range of coffee shops at Heathrow include: Costa, Ca’ppucino, Caffe Nero and Caffe Rouge.

If you are looking for snacks or a light lunch, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Bridge Bar & Eating House or Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, whilst evening meals are catered for at La Salle or Huxley’s Restaurant & Bar.

There are of course many more restaurants, cafe’s and bars at Heathrow airport, we have named just a small selection. A full guide to the restaurants at Heathrow can be found here

Shopping at Heathrow includes well known names such as Accessorise, Boss, Bally and Boots, a full guide to the shops at Heathrow can be found here

Facilities at Gatwick Airport

The restaurants which you will find at Gatwick’s airport comprise of the usual coffee shops such as Caffe Nero, Costa and Jamie’s Coffee Lounge accompanied by a range of mid to high end eateries such as wagamama, The London Bar and The Red Lion. You can find a full guide to restaurants at Gatwick Airport here

Shopping at Gatwick is brought to you by your usual high street favourites including Fatface, Victoria’s Secret, Snow & Rock & Zara, please view the full Gatwick shopping guide here

Facilities at Stansted Airport

Stansted is one of the smaller London airports but still has a wide range of facilities to make your journey more comfortable, including the Escape Lounge which you can make use of with admittance starting at just £21.

Restaurants include Burger King, Starbucks, Wetherspoons & Costa, to mention just a few and a full list can be found here

Shopping at Stansted is brought to you by your highstreet favourites including Next, Ted Baker, The Body Shop & Swarovski – check out the full guide here.

Facilities at Luton Airport

The food & beverage facilities at Luton are split into four categories of Bar, Cafe, Takeaways & Sit-down restaurants.

The bars include: Bar des Voyagers, Bar 10 & Kitchen & Bar.

Cafe’s include: Caffe Nero, Starbucks, Benugo and Costa.

Takeaway food is brought to you by Burger King, Pret A Manger, Food Village & Upper Crust.

If you’re looking for a sit-down restaurant, you have the choice of Est Bar & Frankie & Benny’s after security.

The only shops available before Security at Luton Airport are ICE Currency Exchange & WH Smith. After security you will find: Dixons Travel, Accessorize, Aelia, JD Sports, Kurt Geiger, Boots, Rolling Luggage, Sunglass Hut, MAC & Victoria’s Secret .

Facilities at London City Airport

Before Security/Arrivals you can find Pret A Manger and Panopolis and after security you can find Lola’s cupcakes, Pilots Bar & Kitchen, Caffe Nero & Boots.  

Shopping facilities include: WH Smith before security and WH Smith, Links Of London & Boots after security.

airport hotels

Hotels near Heathrow

There are 2 on site hotels at Heathrow airport, Soffitel London Heathrow (at Terminal 5) andHilton London Heathrow (at Terminal 4) and there are at least 15 other hotels within a six mile radius. A full guide can be found here

Hotels near Gatwick

include Sofitel, Bloc, Holiday Inn Express and the Hilton. All of these hotels are located less than 3 miles from the airport and prices start at around £80 per night. To book a hotel at Gatwick Airport we suggest that you use a site such as booking.com

Hotels near Stansted

Include The Hilton, Radisson Blu, Holiday Inn, Warmans Barn Hotel, Days Inn, Ramada, De Salis & Premier Inn.

Hotels near Luton

The closest hotels to Luton airport include Holiday Inn Express, Ibis, Ramada Encore, Hampton & Premier Inn. Please click here for a full guide of hotels near to Luton Airport.

Hotels near London City Airport

The Premier Inn, Travel Lodge, Ibis Budget & Aloft London Excel are all located in close proximity to London City Airport & prices start at £59 per night.

Travel Times To Central London From The Airports

Heathrow Airport to Central London – 45 minutes

Gatwick Airport to Central London – 1 hour

Stansted Airport to Central London – 1 hour & 30 minutes

Luton Airport to Central London – 1 hour & 20 minutes

City Airport to Central London – 20 minutes

Please contact our sales team for more information on London Airport Transfers